Joe Aherne: “Our strategy was to align with universities and large organisations to give us a competitive edge.” Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennells

It was a perfect storm of a maturing market and the economic downturn that persuaded Joe Aherne, chief executive of Leading Edge Group, to change tack(...)

Julia Gillard, Australia’s outgoing prime minister, speaks to journalists following her defeat in the   leadership ballot in Canberra yesterday.  Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Born in Barry, Wales, on September 29th, 1961, Julia Gillard’s family emigrated to Adelaide in 1966. They were among the more than one million British(...)

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