James Ashton

James Ashton

James Ashton is an expert in business, finance, geoeconomics, and technology.

He was the Chief City Correspondent for The Daily Mail, Media & Telecoms Editor and then City Editor for The Sunday Times, and then Head of Business and Executive Editor for The London Evening Standard and The Independent.

Through his journalism career, he has covered everything from the UK economy, disruptive technologies, the banking crisis, multibillion-pound takeover battles, and the personalities that shape global business.

He is a popular keynote speaker on the topics of finance and business, a successful podcaster and interviewer, and a bestselling author.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book journalist and business expert James Ashton for your next event.

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A fresh, thoughtful, modern look at business leadership.
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder

Richly detailed…bringing out personalities as well as indices, this is an important contribution to our understanding of how the modern City has developed.
David Kynaston, Social Historian and Author of City of London: The History and Austerity Britain 1945-1951

James Ashton deftly weaves [Arm’s tale] into a tapestry stretching from the first transistor to ChatGPT.
Sir Michael Moritz, Chairperson of Sequoia Capital

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