Katy’s media career began at The Daily Telegraph. She was Diary Editor and a Political Correspondent for The Spectator and then became Political Editor. She also hosts the podcast Women With Balls where she speaks to women at the top of their respective games, about their passions, battles, and what makes them tick.


Katy Balls is the Spectator‘s political editor. She is a regular columnist for the i newspaper and a contributor to The Guardian.

She was shortlisted for Political Commentator of the Year at the Press Awards. Katy is a host of the Spectator‘s daily politics podcast Coffee House Shots and presents her own Spectator podcast Women With Balls, where she speaks to women leading the way in their field including Justine Roberts, Nadine Dorries, Liz Truss, Ruth Davison, Dame Helena Morrissey, Dame Joan Collins, Ruby Wax and Emma Barnett.

Katy is a regular on broadcast and television and has appeared on a range of current affairs programmes including The Andrew Marr Show, Politics Live, Any Questions, the Today programme, Channel 4 News and Newsnight.


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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

We were joined at 87 Barts Close by three brilliant speakers on a panel that delved into the complex world of Artificial Intelligence. Over the hour our panellists de-mystified AI, speaking about AI’s immense promise for enhancing our lives, alongside the apprehension it has generated regarding job security, privacy infringement, and ethical considerations.


87 Barts Close, 87 Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7EB


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, Julia Gillard, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, London