Charles Leadbeater is a writer, Demos research associate, and consultant to leading companies. He is a member of the British government’s
competitiveness council and an advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Downing Street Policy Unit. Leadbeater studied politics, philosophy, and economics
at Balliol College, Oxford. A former editor and Tokyo Business Chief at the The Financial Times before moving to the Independent, where he devised Bridget
Jones’s Diary with Helen Fielding.