Staff

  • Mark Littlewood - Director General
    020 7799 8907 (Alicia Barrett, Executive Assistant to the Director General), Twitter: @MarkJLittlewood

    Mark Littlewood is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the IEA’s Ralph Harris Fellow. Under his leadership, the IEA has continued to communicate the benefits of free markets to an even wider audience around the world. In 2014, Mark was ranked 38th on The Times’ ‘Right-wing Power List’, and in 2011 was named ‘Liberal Voice of the Year’ by the Liberal Democrat Voice. Mark frequently comments on political and economic issues on television and radio including BBC Question Time, Any Questions, Newsnight, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Radio 4's Today Programme and LBC. Prior to the IEA, Mark was Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats before going on to found Progressive Vision, a classical liberal think tank. Mark was educated at Balliol College, Oxford.

    To contact Alicia Barrett, Executive Assistant to the Director General, please email ABarrett@iea.org.uk

  • Alicia Barrett - Executive Assistant to Mark Littlewood and American Outreach Officer
    020 7799 8907, Twitter: @aliciabarrettdc

    Alicia Barrett is the Executive Assistant to Mark Littlewood at the IEA. Alicia formerly served as Director of Outreach for the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, a free market media organization in the United States. Prior to her two years working at the Franklin Center, Alicia handled corporate relations at the political advocacy organization, Americans for Prosperity. Alicia holds a BA degree in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland.

  • Professor Philip Booth - Editorial and Programme Director
    020 7799 8912

    Philip Booth is Editorial and Programme Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at Cass Business School. Previously, Philip Booth worked for the Bank of England as an advisor on financial stability issues and he was also Associate Dean of Cass business School. He has written widely, including a number of books, on investment, finance, social insurance and pensions as well as on the relationship between Catholic social teaching and economics. He is Deputy Editor of Economic Affairs and on the editorial boards of various other academic journals. Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and an honorary member of the Society of Actuaries of Poland. He has previously worked in the investment department of Axa Equity and Law and was been involved in a number of projects to help develop actuarial professions and actuarial, finance and investment professional teaching programmes in Central and Eastern Europe. Philip has a BA in Economics from the University of Durham and a PhD from City University.

  • Ryan Bourne - Head of Public Policy
    0207 799 8924, Twitter: @MrRBourne

    Ryan Bourne is Head of Public Policy at the IEA. Ryan was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge where he achieved a double-first in Economics at undergraduate level and later an MPhil qualification. Prior to joining the IEA, Ryan worked for a year at the economic consultancy firm Frontier Economics on competition and public policy issues. After leaving Frontier in 2010, Ryan joined the Centre for Policy Studies think tank in Westminster, first as an Economics Researcher and subsequently as Head of Economic Research. There, he was responsible for writing, editing and commissioning economic reports across a broad range of areas, as well as organisation of economic-themed events and roundtables. Ryan appears regularly in the national media, including writing for The Times, the Daily Telegraph, ConservativeHome and Spectator Coffee House, and appearing on broadcast, including BBC News, Newsnight, Sky News, Jeff Randall Live, Reuters and LBC radio. He is currently a weekly columnist for CityAM.

  • Glynn Brailsford - Creative Director
    020 7799 8900

    Glynn Brailsford is the IEA’s Creative Director. He was formerly CEO of Los Angeles-based PROMAX&BDA, a not-for-profit association for marketing and design executives in television. Before that, he was a multi-award winning Creative Director for Channel 5, Discovery, Nickelodeon and Yorkshire Television, where he launched some of Britain’s most successful programmes. He started out in print journalism before moving into radio and TV, where he produced programmes in news, sport, entertainment and politics.

  • Ralph Buckle - Events Manager
    020 7799 8906, Twitter: @RalphBuckle

    Ralph is the Events Manager at the IEA. Prior to joining the Institute, Ralph worked as a Communications and Projects Consultant for Dods Parliamentary Services, delivering hundreds of events and campaigns for a wide variety of clients. He has also worked in Parliament, for political groups and for public affairs agencies, after starting his career as an intern at the IEA. He also works as Director and Co-Founder of Commonwealth Exchange (CX). Ralph has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from the University of York, where he was also Chair of the Conservative Association.

  • Dr Stephen Davies - Education Director
    020 7799 8916, Twitter: @SteveDavies365

    Dr Steve Davies is Education Director at the IEA. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991).

  • Camilla Goodwin - Communications Officer
    020 7799 8920, Twitter: @cam_goodwin

    Camilla Goodwin has been Communications Officer at the IEA since March 2014. Camilla graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Philosophy and the Political Economy. As an undergraduate she co-founded Exeter’s Politics, Philosophy and Economics Society. Prior to joining the IEA, Camilla worked as a research and communications intern for a marketing firm in London Bridge where she worked alongside NHS England and the health technology industry. Camilla spent three months in Washington DC with the Institute of Humane Studies, interning for a non-profit organisation that promotes economic liberty and individual freedom. She has also played an active role in a number of grassroots campaigns organised by the TaxPayers’ Alliance, raising awareness across the UK for issues including reductions in Stamp Duty and Air Passenger Duty.

  • Christiana Hambro - Head of External Relations
    0207 799 8923, Twitter: @cehambro

    Christiana Hambro is Head of External Relations at the Institute of Economic Affairs, where she oversees all events and educational and international outreach. She previously worked as the Events Manager at a foreign policy think tank, where she ran over 100 events a year. In addition, she has worked to establish an extensive student network across the UK. She was previously Deputy Editor of Freedom Today and has contributed articles to The Commentator and Conservative Home. Christiana is also Director of EPICENTER, a network of six of the most respected free market think tanks in Europe, including the IEA. She has a BA in Politics from the University of York, where she was Vice Chair of the student Freedom Society.

  • Stephanie Lis - Head of Communications
    020 7799 8909, Twitter: @Stephanie_Lis

    Stephanie Lis leads on the IEA’s press-related issues and inquiries, as well as outreach across the political spectrum. Stephanie joined the IEA in July 2012 as Communications Officer before becoming Head of Communications 16 months later. She previously worked as Campaign Manager at The Freedom Association where her focus was on civil liberties and the European Union. She studied history at the University of Nottingham and then went on to obtain an MSc in History and International Relations from the London School of Economics. Stephanie comments on local and national media, and has appeared on Sky News, BBC News, Five Live and LBC.

  • Dr Kristian Niemietz - Senior Research Fellow
    020 7799 8924, Twitter: @K_Niemietz

    Dr Kristian Niemietz joined the IEA in 2008 as Poverty Research Fellow, and became its Senior Research Fellow in 2013.
    He studied Economics at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Universidad de Salamanca, graduating in 2007 as Diplom-Volkswirt (≈MSc in Economics). During his studies, he interned at the Central Bank of Bolivia (2004), the National Statistics Office of Paraguay (2005), and at the IEA (2006). In 2013, he completed a PhD in Political Economy at King’s College London. Kristian previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Berlin-based Institute for Free Enterprise (IUF), and at King's College London, where he taught Economics throughout his postgraduate studies. He is a regular contributor to various journals in the UK, Germany and Switzerland.

  • Caroline Rollag - Head of Development
    0207 799 8908

    Caroline Rollag rejoined the IEA in January 2013 as Development Manager, having spent the previous year in the Donor Relations team at ARK – Absolute Return for Kids. She first joined the IEA in 2011. Previous to this she spent six years working in the Major Giving & Appeals Department at Cancer Research UK. Between 2002 and 2004 she was a PA/Researcher at Penna Consulting Plc. She attended Swansea University, where she studied History. Following her degree Caroline spent a year in Japan teaching English on the Japanese Exchange Teaching Programme.

  • Clare Rusbridge - Office Manager and Company Secretary
    020 7799 8911

    Clare Rusbridge is Office Manager and Company Secretary at the IEA. Clare joined the IEA in 1996 as Receptionist and was appointed EA to DG in 1999. She took on the role of Company Secretary in 2001. Before joining the IEA, Clare spent her early career in retail. After leaving school she became secretary in a soft furnishing company then, after a year in Canada, returned to the UK and worked briefly as a florist. Clare worked as branch manager in Retail stores, Phase Eight and US company Talbots until she joined the IEA.

  • Christopher Snowdon - Director of Lifestyle Economics
    0207 799 8900, Twitter: @cjsnowdon

    Christopher Snowdon is the Director of Lifestyle Economics at the IEA. He is the author of The Art of Suppression, The Spirit Level Delusion and Velvet Glove; Iron Fist. His work focuses on pleasure, prohibition and dodgy statistics. He has authored a number of publications including Sock Puppets, Euro Puppets, The Proof of the Pudding, The Crack Cocaine of Gambling and Free Market Solutions in Health.

  • Grant Tucker - Student Outreach Officer
    0207 799 8906, Twitter: @GrantTucker

    Grant Tucker joined the IEA as Student Outreach Officer in January 2014. Prior to joining the IEA, he worked for Iain Dale on his LBC 97.3 radio show and at his publishing house Biteback Publishing. Grant studied History at Queen Mary, University of London focussing on post-1945 British political history. He is the author of two bestselling joke books titled 5000 Great One Liners and Even More Great One Liners.

  • Dr Richard Wellings - Deputy Editorial Director
    020 7799 8919, Twitter: @RichardWellings

    Dr Richard Wellings is Deputy Editorial Director at the IEA. He was educated at Oxford and the London School of Economics, completing a PhD on transport and environmental policy at the latter in 2004. He joined the Institute in 2006 to work on the production of its monograph series and the journal, Economic Affairs. Richard is the author or editor of several papers, books and reports, including Towards Better Transport (Policy Exchange, 2008) and A Beginner’s Guide to Liberty (Adam Smith Institute, 2009). He is a Senior Fellow of the Cobden Centre, the Economic Policy Centre and the Libertarian Alliance.

  • Chad Wilcox - Chief Operating Officer
    020 7799 8900, Twitter: @cewil4

    Chad Wilcox joined the IEA as Chief Operating Officer in June 2014. Prior to joining the Institute, Chad spent nine years with the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University in Virginia. While there, Chad managed projects across a wide range of operational areas including information technology, human resources, program administration, external relations, and marketing. Chad holds a M.Ed. in organizational leadership and a BA in political science and economics, both from Vanderbilt University in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Diego Zuluaga - International Outreach Officer
    0207 799 8916, Twitter: @DiegoZuluagaL

    Diego Zuluaga joined the IEA as Outreach Assistant in September 2013 before becoming the International Outreach Officer in January 2014. Prior to joining the IEA, he worked as Development Analyst in Canada for Maryland-based TSL Marketing. During his time in North America, he was also the Economics Editor of online journal Life.Liberty.Economics., and a monetary and trade policy columnist for the Prince Arthur Herald. Originally from Bilbao, Diego holds a BA in Economics and History from McGill University in Montreal, and is fluent in Spanish, German and French.

Trustees

  • Professor D R Myddelton

    Chairman

    Professor D.R. Myddelton is Emeritus Professor of Finance and Accounting at Cranfield School of Management. A chartered accountant and holding an MBA from Harvard, he has been Chairman of the IEA Board since 2001. He was formerly a Council member of the University of Buckingham. He has authored a wealth of publications, on topics ranging from denationalisation, to the British tax system, inflation accounting, the margins of error in accounting and government project disasters.

  • Kevin Bell

    Kevin Bell’s background is in public affairs and public relations. He was formerly Regional President at Fleishman-Hillard and managed their activities in the UK, Africa and Middle East. He specialises in advising senior executives of leading blue-chip companies, as well as senior politicians on their communications strategies. One of the industry’s most experienced practitioners, his expertise ranges from media relations, reputation management and M&A, to political counsel, crisis communications and regulatory campaigns. Kevin was an adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

  • Robert Boyd

    Robert Boyd is a private investor. He studied Classics at the University of Oxford, has worked in London, Hong Kong and San Francisco, and lives in Alexandria, Virginia. His professional focus has been on strategic corporate growth and management and he has been a board member of public and private corporations, not-for-profit organisations and a community association. He has also been a trustee of various think tanks for more than twenty-five years.

  • Michael Fisher

    Mike Fisher is the second son of Sir Antony Fisher, who founded the Institute of Economic Affairs. He has spent his life working in business, founding Whale Tankers Ltd (based in Solihull). He remained chairman of the company until 2001. For the past eight years Mike has been on the Council of Aims for Industry, he spent two years on HM Government’s Deregulation Task Force, as well as three years on HM Government’s Enterprise and Deregulation Panel at The Cabinet Office. For the last five years he has also served as a Governor at Arden School, Knowle.

  • Sir Michael Hintze

    Sir Michael Hintze is an Australian businessman, philanthropist and political patron, based in the United Kingdom. He is the head of CQS Management, a private London hedge fund, launched in 1999. Michael is a fluent Russian speaker. He holds a BSc in Physics and Pure Mathematics and a BEng in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Sydney. He also holds an MSc in Acoustics from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is chairman of the Prince of Wales’s Foundation for the Built Environment and the University of Sydney UK Trust as well as a trustee of the National Gallery and Wandsworth Museum. In 2005 Pope Benedict XVI made Michael a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Gregory and in 2008 he was awarded the title Australian of The Year in the UK. In 2009 Michael and his wife Dorothy received the Prince of Wales Award for Arts Philanthropy. He was knighted in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to the arts.

  • Professor Patrick Minford

    Patrick Minford CBE has been Professor of Economics, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University since October 1997. Between 1967 and 1976 he held economic positions in the Ministry of Finance, Malawi; Courtaulds Limited; H M Treasury; H M Treasury's Delegation to Washington, DC; Manchester University; and The National Institute for Economic and Social Research. From 1976-1997, Patrick Minford was professor of economics at Liverpool University. He was a member of Monopolies and Mergers Commission 1990-96 and one of the HM Treasury's Panel of Forecasters ('Six Wise Men') 1993-1996. He is author of many books and articles on exchange rates, unemployment, housing and macroeconomics.

  • Professor Mark Pennington

    Mark Pennington is Professor of Political Economy at King's College, University of London. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and was the winner of the Atlas Institute for Economic Research prize for 'contributions to the understanding of spontaneous order' in 2007. His research focuses on the intersection between politics, philosophy and economics with a particular emphasis on the implications of Hayekian and public choice concepts for the comparative evaluation of socio-economic systems. He has published several books examining these themes, including, Public Choice and the Politics of Government Failure (Athlone/ Continuum: 2000) and Liberating the Land (IEA: 2002). He is also the author of Robust Political Economy (Edward Elgar: 2010).

  • Bruno Prior

    Bruno Prior is the Director of Summerleaze.

  • Neil Record

    Neil Record is Chairman of Record plc, a listed specialist currency asset manager. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and University College London, from where he holds an MSc in Economics (with distinction). His first job was as an economist at the Bank of England; this was followed by a stint in industry. In 1983, he founded Record, the firm he still chairs.  He has lectured on Investment Management at Cambridge University, and is author of the first book on specialist currency management within an investment context: Currency Overlay (John Wiley & Sons, 2003).  Neil has been a prime mover in attempting to improve transparency in public sector pensions in the UK, and is author or co-author of four papers on this topic, including Sir Humphrey’s Legacy (2006) published by the IEA.  He is a member of the Investment Committee and Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

  • Professor Martin Ricketts

    Professor Martin Ricketts is Professor of Economic Organisation and Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of Buckingham. He is also Chairman of the IEA’s Academic Advisory Council. He has a DPhil from the University of York (1980) and was Research Economist at the Industrial Policy Group from 1970 to 1972 under the direction of John Jewkes. He was Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of York (1974-77). He joined the academic staff of the University of Buckingham in Autumn 1977. He has published in professional journals on the new institutional economics, the theory of the firm, entrepreneurship, public choice, aspects of public finance and housing policy and has authored several books. He was Economic Director of the National Economic Development Office (1991-1992).

  • Linda Whetstone

    Linda Whetstone is Chairman of Network for a Free Society and a member of the boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation USA, the Mont Pelerin Society, the Istanbul Network for Liberty and British Dressage. She runs a small business in Sussex with her husband and writes on agricultural, trade and development issues. She is also daughter of IEA founder, Sir Antony Fisher.