Chief UK Economist
BSc Banking & Finance, Loughborough
MSc Economics, Birkbeck, University of London
Tell us about your career so far?
I first worked for Capital Economics as a student during the sandwich year of my undergraduate degree and gained so much out of this experience that I returned after graduation to learn the ropes as a professional economist and to study for a Masters degree at the same time. Since then I have spent five years analysing and forecasting the UK economy and six years covering the US economy, three of which was from our office in Toronto. I now cover Australia and New Zealand and run our office in Sydney.
Why did you choose Capital Economics?
The unique feature of Capital Economics is that it is a small enough company to allow you to make a real difference, but is large enough to offer a variety of experiences and opportunities. I remember being very pleased when, within just a few weeks of starting work, a chart I had created was published in The Sunday Telegraph. I am now regularly quoted in the media and I often do television interviews. Also, being part of a rapidly growing global company has allowed me to work overseas on two separate occasions.
Tell us about an interesting project you’ve worked on
I particularly enjoyed researching and writing a report on the causes of the Great Depression and the striking parallels between it and the recent recession. I’m fascinated how economic history tends to repeat itself and how most people choose to ignore this or convince themselves that “this time it’s different”. I also did some of the research for Roger Bootle’s recent books. As well as being interesting, it’s really rewarding to be able to walk into a book store and see your contribution on the shelf.