article banner
Vibrant Economy

Vibrant Economy Commission – joiners and leavers

Danny Lopez joins the Vibrant Economy Commission

Grant Thornton is pleased to announce that Danny Lopez, Chief Operating Officer of Blippar, will be joining the Vibrant Economy Commission.

Mr Lopez will be working alongside some of the country’s pioneering business people, charity executives, local government representatives and thought leaders as they help Grant Thornton to shape a vibrant UK economy.

Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton UK LLP and Commission co-chair said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Danny is joining the Commission.

“To shape a vibrant economy we need to be curious about what could be different and explore possibilities to make us fit for a future we may not yet recognise. Blippar is all about future thinking with a vision of transforming what people can do and how they intuitively behave. We know Danny’s experience of running a business today that’s developing the products that will change our behaviours tomorrow will add further challenge and imagination to disrupt our thinking as a Commission.

“We hope he will help inspire new ideas for how we might tackle the core issues of rebuilding trust and integrity in business, unlock potential for dynamic organisations and create environments where people and business thrive.”   

Will Butler-Adams, CEO of Brompton Bicycles and co-chair of the Commission said of the appointment:

“If we are to deliver a vibrant economy for a wider society then technology must play its part to disrupt the status quo, to bring wider opportunities and offer a more accessible economy. Danny is leading a company Blippar aiming to do all these things and also has wide experience supporting start-up's in the Tech sphere for many years. We are delighted that he has agreed to join the Commission and look forward to him helping us inspire a U.K. debate on how we stimulate a vibrant economy”.

Mr Lopez brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked across both the public and private sector. His experience includes British Consul General to New York, Director General for Trade & Investment in the USA and a number of senior international positions with Barclays Bank. He is currently the COO of Blippar, a global technology company that brings the physical world to life through smart devices, using augmented reality and artificial intelligence.

Danny Lopez, COO of Blippar commented:

“I am delighted to have joined the Vibrant Economy Commission. I look forward to working with both the other Commissioners and Grant Thornton to help create a UK economy that enables everyone to thrive. We all believe that businesses can do well by doing good and we want to build a movement that does just that. Collaboration across the private, public and not-for profit sector is key to this and I am excited to be part of a group looking to achieve something so powerful.” 

Paul Lindley steps down

As the Vibrant Economy Commission welcomed Danny, it will also be saying goodbye to Paul Lindley as he takes up a Board role with a client of Grant Thornton in the US and steps down from the Commission to maintain clear independence.

Paul, Founder and Chair of Ella’s Kitchen and recently published author of the bestselling book ‘Little Wins’, was a founding member of the Vibrant Economy Commission. He said:

“Working on the Vibrant Economy Commission has been an absolute honour; under Grant Thornton’s patronage, its determination to help move our economy to best serve a 21st Century society and harness all the skills and resources available to us has been refreshing and Sacha and Will’s leadership has been invigorating.”

Sacha Romanovitch responded:

“I am very sorry to lose Paul as a Commissioner. The energy and insight he has brought has been invaluable and we thank Paul for his work and know he will remain an active, vocal supporter for the Vibrant Economy.”

Will Butler-Adams said:

“Paul has the integrity of a child and the experience of a sage and will be a great loss to the Commission. He has bought perspective and contributed significantly to helping us develop a clear plan of how we can animate a national debate on how we create a more Vibrant Economy in the UK”.