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Our Festival Focus Day will begin with an impartial and authoritative analysis by Financial Timesjournalist Tony Barber on the path to Brexit. Chaired by Deborah Smith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of York.
Tony Barber is a columnist and specialist writer on European political, economic and business news and currently Europe Editor at the Financial Times. He has worked at the FT since 1998: Brussels Bureau Chief (2007-2010), Rome Bureau Chief (2002-2007) and Frankfurt Bureau Chief (1998–2002). From 1990 to 1997 he was East Europe Editor and Europe Editor at The Independent.
He worked as Reuters Foreign Correspondent from 1981 to 1989: New York, Washington, Chicago (1982-1983), Vienna (1983), Warsaw (1984-85), Moscow (1985-1987), Washington (State Department correspondent, 1987-1988), Belgrade (Bureau Chief, 1989). Tony was educated at St John’s College, Oxford University.
Professor Deborah Smith OBE is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of York, with responsibility for all aspects of the University's policy and strategy on research. Deborah trained as a biochemist and moved to York in 2004 as a founder member of the Centre for Immunology and Infection. She served as Head of the York Biology Department from 2010 to 2013. Externally to York, Deborah chaired the Medical Research Council (MRC) Infections and Immunity Board (2007-2010), was a member of MRC Strategy Board and, more recently, Co-Chair of the Wellcome Trust Science Funding Interview Panel (2011-2014). Deborah was awarded an OBE for Services to Biomedical Sciences in 2010.