The Progress 1000: London's top influencers 2017 includes St Hilda's alumnae

25th October 2017

Progress 1000: London's most influencial people 2017

Communicators: Media

Zanny Minton Beddoes (PPE 1986) became the first female Editor-in-Chief of The Economist in 2015 after more than two decades at the financial magazine, making her one of the most influential voices in financial journalism. Ms Minton Beddoes has written extensively about international financial issues and is a regular television and radio commentator on BBC, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, CNN and CNBC.

Literati: Authors

Historian and Broadcaster Bettany Hughes (Ancient and Modern History 1985) has presented more than 50 broadcast documentaries on many aspects of ancient and medieval history as well as pursuing a distinguished academic career. She  has done much to bring the role of women in history to the fore and is one of the founders of TV production company SandStone Global, which will help to 'write women back into history.' Ms Hughes' books include Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore and, most recently, her immensely popular Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities. Her series Eight Days that Made Rome is showing on Channel 5 in October and November 2017. She is currently making a film about the goddess Aphrodite.

Politicos: Westminster

Meg Hillier (PPE 1987) is Labour & Co-op MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch and Chairwoman of Commons Public Accounts Committee. First elected in 2005, Ms Hillier has been a junior Home Office Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. In 2015, she was elected by MPs from across both sides of the House of Commons to Chair the Public Accounts Committee. The cross-party committee scrutinises the value for money of public spending and holds the government to account for the delivery of public services.

Visualisers: Artists & Curators  

Hannah Rothschild became Chair of the Trustees of the National Gallery in 2015. A writer and filmmaker, she is the co-founder of the Artist on Film trust and a trustee of Waddesdon Manor.