Michael Page - Policy

Chief Economist

England, London
Up to £70000 per annum
03 Jun 2021
17 Jun 2021
JN -062021-2917911
Kas Rothwell
Contract Type

Chief Economist for the The Institute of Directors

Client Details

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is a British professional organisation for company directors, senior business leaders and entrepreneurs. It is the UK's longest running organisation for professional leaders, having been founded in 1903 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1906.


The Chief Economist is responsible for shaping and communicating the IoD's economic policy agenda. The role holder will be one of the IoD's key spokespersons on policy matters.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Undertake credible and thought-provoking economic analysis to help formulate IoD positions
  • Build a high profile in the media
  • Develop strong relationships with senior government officials, ministers and politicians
  • Present the economic outlook and IoD policy positions at conferences, events and to the media
  • Write insightful and thought-provoking articles, reports and consultation submissions which reflect the broad views of IoD members and take account of the economic, fiscal and political context
  • Collaborate with the IoD policy, marketing and regional membership teams to support the organisation-wide goals of Connect, Develop and Influence
  • Support the Director General, Director of Policy and other IoD stakeholders to develop the IoD's policy priorities and campaigning issues
  • Develop IoD stances and policies on related issues, such as the macroeconomic outlook, business taxation and entrepreneurship
  • Commission thought leadership from external contributors on economic issues


Essential skills:

  • Postgraduate economics or related degree from leading university
  • Proven experience and aptitude in the following areas:
  • Experience in government policy making and an understanding of the policy making process.
  • Deep understanding of the UK economy
  • Quantitative research analysis capabilities, including an understanding of data and econometrics
  • Writing skills, including the ability to communicate ideas and arguments in a clear, non-technical and persuasive manner
  • Experience of dealing directly with the Media
  • Proven background in economics especially experience working on economic policy
  • Ability to explain economic concepts to non-expert audiences
  • Lateral thinker, able to envisage impact of economic developments across businesses and policy areas.

Job Offer

Circa £70,000 plus benefits