A former Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, Sir Derek Morris has had a long and distinguished career as an academic. He has been a Member of the Committee for Standards in Public Life, Chairman of the Trustees of the Oxford University Pension Fund, a Non-Executive Director of Lucida plc, a Senior Consultant in regulatory and competition economics for Frontier Economics, Chairman of Oxford University’s College Contributions Committee and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Business Taxation at Oxford University.
He chaired the Competition Commission (formerly the Monopolies and Mergers Commission), was a Member of the Committee for Standards in Public Life (formerly the Nolan committee) and led the government's Morris review of the actuarial profession. He was knighted in 2003.
He is currently Chairman of the Cheviot Trust (a not-for-profit organisation which runs a number of pension schemes) and – under the auspices of the Cairncross Foundation – lead advisor to the Chinese Government on economic reform.
His first novel, Pawn’s Gambit (Arena Books) was released in 2012 under the pseudonym of Harry Armstrong, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Political Fiction Book of the Year Award.
Film rights to Pawn’s Gambit have been optioned by producer Andy Paterson (The Railway Man, The Girl with the Pearl Earring) and the project is now in development.