By working with national and local partners, our aim is to devise effective, pragmatic policy solutions to drive productivity and shared prosperity in the UK.
Inclusive growth is one of the most urgent questions facing advanced economies where stagnant real wages are squeezing living standards and wealth is increasingly concentrated. The Centre believes that a new approach to growth is needed, harnessing the best of central and local government to shape the national economic environment and build on the assets and opportunities of place.
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Charlotte is Director of the Centre for Progressive Policy. Previously Charlotte was Director of Public Services and Communities at the RSA, where she also ran the Inclusive Growth Commission – chaired by Stephanie Flanders – and City Growth Commission – chaired by Lord Jim O’Neill. Before joining the RSA, Charlotte was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, working on immigration, energy and housing.
Thomas is founder of Credit Capital Advisory and was director of CPP’s predecessor, the Centre for Progressive Capitalism. He previously ran credit and economic analytics businesses serving as the managing director of Fitch Solutions and Thomson Datastream. He has written widely on financial and economic issues including Profiting from Monetary Policy (Palgrave 2012) and co-authored Prediction Markets: The end of the regulatory state? (2007) with Professor Frank Vibert.
Head of policy and engagement
Zoë is Head of Policy and Engagement at the Centre for Progressive Policy. With previous experience spanning the private and public sector, Zoë most recently worked at Lazard, advising both large scale and startup technology, media and telecoms clients on M&A situations. Zoë has also held several roles in government including as Senior Policy Adviser at HM Treasury, advising the Chancellor on EU economic policy and as Economic Policy Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister during the coalition government.
John is a data and economic analyst currently focusing on competition policy. John has previously served as an economic analyst in the Civil Service and for a transport economic consultancy. He holds an MSc in Economics from the LSE and BA from the University of Oxford.
Head of Research Methods
Ben is Head of Research Methods, leading the development of the Centre’s original research programme. Most recently, Ben was Assistant Director of Research and Policy at the International Longevity Centre, exploring the economic implications of demographic change. Before this, Ben undertook economic analysis for the Financial Conduct Authority, and has also worked in research and policy for the Chartered Insurance Institute and HM Treasury.
Thomas is the Communications Manager and supports the Centre with raising public awareness of its work. Previously, Thomas supported communication activities at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Royal Society of Arts. He holds an MA in Dispute and Conflict Resolution from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a BA in International Relations from the University of Portsmouth.
Lukasz is the Research Intern at the Centre for Progressive Policy. He previously worked in a variety of roles at Vodafone UK, most recently as a Strategy and Planning Specialist. Lukasz graduated with an MPhil in Economic and Social History from the University of Cambridge and a BA in History and Politics from Queen Mary, University of London.
Andy is a Research Analyst with a particular focus on skills. He holds an MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a BSc in Economics from Loughborough University. Andy has previous experience in a UK based international think tank and non-profit organisations in Tanzania and India.
EVENTS PROGRAMME MANAGER
Prior to joining the Centre for Progressive Policy part time, Sara worked as a Public Events Programmer at the RSA running the RSA Thursday series and co-commissioning the RSA Shorts series. Before that she worked as an Events Producer for the Centre for London think tank. Sara has also worked for the Engagement and Culture teams at the GLA, where she was involved in the London 2012 Festival and managed the Fourth Plinth Programme. She's also been an associate producer for the Battle of Ideas, which takes place once a year at the Barbican. Sara holds a BA in Humanities from Pompeu Fabra University (a year of which she coursed at the Maastricht University's Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences) and a second degree in Journalism & Media.
John Kay is one of Britain’s leading economists whose interests focus on the relationships between economics, finance and business. His career has spanned academic work and think tanks, business schools, company directorships, consultancies and investment companies. Today his main focus is on writing and he is renowned for his ability to express complex ideas clearly and succinctly.
Professor Alison Wolf
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Alison Wolf is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London and sits in the House of Lords as a cross-bench peer. She directs the International Centre for University Policy Research within the Policy Institute at King’s, and the MSc in Executive Management within King’s Business School and was founding Chair of Governors of King’s College London Mathematics School.
John Godfrey has spent more than thirty years working in the City of London. His career includes Japanese, US and European financial institutions and he is currently Corporate Affairs Director at Legal & General, the UK’s largest investor. Between 2016 and 2017 he was Head of the Downing Street Policy Unit, and was previously Special Advisor at the Home Office under the Thatcher government.
Sarah O'Connor is an investigations correspondent and columnist at the Financial Times, with a particular focus on the world of work. She joined the FT in 2007 after graduating with a double-first in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.
Professor John Muellbauer is a Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College, Professor of Economics and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association and a CEPR Research Fellow.
Stephen Hockman QC has been in practice at the Bar for 40 years. He specialises in regulatory law, particularly in the environmental and health and safety fields. In 2011 he wrote Legislating for responsible capitalism: what it means in practice, which was published by Policy Network. Stephen was the Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales in 2006.
Dina Medland is an independent writer, editor and commentator focused on corporate governance, ethics and the workings of the boardroom. She is on the team of contributors to @ForbesEurope and is an ex-Financial Times permanent staff member who has been a regular contributor in recent years.
John Plender is a columnist at the Financial Times specialising in economic and monetary policy. John’s most recent book is Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets. He has served as chair of the Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) and a FTSE 350 company. He currently chairs the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.
Roger Bootle is the founder and chairman of Capital Economics, one of the world’s largest independent macroeconomics consultancies, and a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph. He has written several books, including Making a Success of Brexit. In 2012 Roger and a team from Capital Economics won the Wolfson Prize.
Norman Cumming read Economics at Cambridge and after working at HM Treasury and Shell, has spent most of his career in investment management, inter alia as Head of Fixed Income for UBS Global Asset Management. He now runs investment manager CR Global LLP; chairs the Investment Committee at the charity UnLtd; and sits on the Investment Committee of Clare College.
Charles Dumas has been with Lombard Street Research, now TS Lombard, since 1998. He is a recognised authority on financial markets and the world economy, including the US, China, the Eurozone and Japan. Charles has had extensive experience as an investment banker and journalist, including working at The Economist and publishing four books.