Douglas is one of the world’s leading economists and was chosen in 2012 from over 300 applicants to become the Gresham Professor of Commerce.
His Gresham lecture series ‘The world’s greatest ever economic event’ looking at the impact of globalisation on the Western economies has attracted widespread attention and large audiences. He covers all aspects of economics but is best known for his work in forecasting, the economics of the IT and telecoms sectors and transport economics and for his knowledge of the Far East economies. He works with clients who are particularly looking for an economist with a public presence to help make their case.
After setting up Cebr, he was our Chief Executive for 20 years. Previously he was Chief Economic Adviser to the Confederation of British Industry and Chief Economist for IBM UK. Douglas is famed for his communications skills and is one of the most widely quoted economists.
Board member-responsible for Finance and Strategy advice
John spent the majority of his career before Cebr working for IBM in the UK and internationally in corporate finance, planning and logistics before being appointed IBM UK board director responsible for business planning.
He moved to international roles including being part of the executive team that introduced the IBM PC to the European market. He subsequently held senior positions in IBM’s European Government Industry and then European PC businesses.
John has been a non executive member of Cebr’s board since 2002 and Chairman from 2003 to 2013. He is now responsible for advising the company on matters relating to Finance and Strategy.
Apart from enjoying the challenges and dynamics of a growing organisation he believes strongly in the value Cebr brings to a wide range of enterprises.
Dr. Sin C. Chai
Sin Chai is a qualified medical doctor who has been responsible for his family’s businesses in farming, real estate, and hotels.
On account of his training as a physician and having been involved in diverse businesses, Sin is particularly suited to analyzing and solving complex problems, especially ones that transcend cultural and social divides.
Being Malaysian and living in Scotland, Sin brings to Cebr perspectives from those two regions which are current and insightful.
Sin is currently Chairman of Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI), a hospitality management company.
Mike is a Chartered Engineer in the power sector, specialising in commercial aspects of private power and project risk management.
He is currently Head of Hydropower for Mott MacDonald, a £1 billion global management, engineering and development consultancy. He has lived and worked extensively overseas, managing projects and regional offices in Africa and South East Asia, and visiting projects in more than 50 countries.
A former partner of global law firm Jones Day and its European Head of Employment, Martin acted for CEBR as one of his then clients.
He later joined legal recruitment firm Hudson in-house and said: “I was highly impressed by Cebr’s professionalism and integrity so I was delighted to become a non-executive director and bring my experience and legal perspective to the board.
Bruce’s career has been primarily in the motor industry where he was the Finance Director and Managing Director of two motor components companies, an organisational development consultant working for General Motors in Detroit and Director of Personnel for Vauxhall Motors. He chaired the CBI Eastern Region and a number of CBI Policy Committees and sat on the ACAS Council. He currently part owns and is a Director of AutoXP, a motor industry service company, sits on the Employment Appeal Tribunal and is a member of the Senior Salaries Review Body, proposing pay levels at the top level in the public sector. He has a BSc in Biochemistry, an MBA from London Business School, is qualified accountant and also a qualified business coach. He has particular skill in creating maximum value at minimum cost in organisations.
Kevin is currently Executive Chairman of Green Biofuels plc. His career history includes MD positions with ISS (UK), Niceday, Caradon Everest and Mavinwood Plc. His early career was in sales and marketing with Rank Xerox UK and Rank Xerox International.
More recently he chaired the Carlisle Group before becoming Chairman of Impellam Plc – the £1.2 billion revenue recruitment and support services group, latterly becoming non-executive chair of its Audit Committee.
Kevin holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.
Graham joined Cebr in 2010 as Managing Director and became Chief Executive in 2013.
He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and taught at Florence University before opting for an investigative and journalism career with the Yorkshire Post, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday and Daily Mirror.
He became an international and war correspondent and specialised in human rights campaigns with Doreen Lawrence of the Stephen Lawrence Trust and Joanna Lumley on Gurkha immigration. He is a skilled communicator of complex ideas and a multi-linguist and has advised various Government departments since 1998. He helps distil and explain Cebr economics, maximising effect and resonance.
Ianthe joined Cebr after a career as a civil servant specialising in policy development and some project management.
She developed her skills first in the Employment Department, on policies to help unemployed people, including a spell overseeing the UK’s receipts from the European Social Fund.
After that, in the Department for Education, she was closely involved in policies to train and develop teachers and support staff.
Now a director of Cebr, Ianthe contributes to Cebr’s leadership team and is responsible for human resource policy, and also advises on some public sector clients and projects.
Oliver leads Cebr’s microeconomics team and, since joining the company in 2009, has worked to enhance the modelling and analytical frameworks underlying Cebr’s economic impact assessments.
He has directed and delivered many such assessments for clients in a wide range of industries such as forestry, construction, housing, wind energy, gambling, travel and tourism, science and logistics.
Oliver is also responsible for much of Cebr’s public policy work on issues such as minimum pricing for alcohol, fuel duty, night-time parking charges in central London and the point-of-sale display ban and plain packaging policies for tobacco.
Oliver holds a BA (Mod) and M.Litt in economics from Trinity College Dublin.
Reporting to the Chief Executive and the Board, Charles is responsible for developing new research at Cebr. He oversees the design, progression and overall direction of research projects for clients.
A specialist in forecasting the UK economy, Charles leads Cebr’s collaboration with YouGov on the YouGov/Cebr Consumer Confidence Index whilst continuing to work with clients including Asda, ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies), which includes all the main UK private sector train operating companies as well as the UK Department for Transport and Transport for London, the Federation of Small Businesses, Grant Thornton, HSBC, ICAEW, Pinsent Masons, Royal Mail and Which?.
Charles also heads Cebr’s global economic research programme and edits regular up to the minute and forward looking reports on global economies, including China, the Middle East and South East Asia.
After gaining 1st class honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Economics Major) at University of Warwick, Charles worked in the Government Economic Service before joining Cebr.
Head of UK Macroeconomics
Scott leads Cebr’s UK macroeconomic research team and is responsible for overseeing the company’s award-winning forecasts in this area.
Scott also helps businesses use economic analysis to contribute to and influence government policy debates – recent examples include arguing the case against a minimum price for alcohol and against a 50% top rate of income tax. He has produced compelling analysis examining the negative economic impact of a mansion tax in the UK.
His economic commentary is widely quoted in the UK and international media.
After gaining a 1st class honours in Economics at the University of Cambridge, Scott worked in local government before joining Cebr.
Chief Economic Advisor
Vicky was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting,(2010-2013), Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)(2002-2010) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service . Before that she was Partner at London Economics and Partner and Chief Economist at KPMG after holding senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector.
At various stages in her career she has held a number of academic posts, including Visiting Professorships at Queen Mary, University of London, Imperial College Business School and Cass Business School. She has also served on the Council of the Royal Economic Society, as Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford , on the Council of the University of Kent and on the Court of the London School of Economics. She was also a trustee of the RSA. She is currently a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, on the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, on BIS’ Panel for Monitoring the Economy, on the City AM’s shadow monetary policy committee and on the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF. She also co-founded GoodCorporation, a company set up to promote corporate social responsibility and in 2010-11 became the first female Master for the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants in the City of London.
Vandana is a Managing Economist in the Macroeconomics team at Cebr, responsible for formulating solutions driven research for a diverse range of clients, in addition to providing bespoke economic analysis for each unique client requirement.
Vandana has gained extensive macroeconomics consultancy experience across both the public and private sector. Prior to joining Cebr, she authored a range of UK and global publications focused on inflation and credit at a consultancy, Economic Perspectives, whilst also providing bespoke economic insight, macroeconomic briefings and thematic research to support investment decisions for an asset management company. Prior to this, Vandana worked as a Senior Economist at Experian, undertaking economic consultancy, strategy and policy development primarily with public sector clients. Vandana has also worked for the Government Economic Service, across a variety of departments including HM Treasury, Department for Work and Pensions and the Health and Safety Executive.
Vandana holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Leicester, a postgraduate degree from University of London-Birkbeck College and a Bsc (Hons) from Brunel University.
Macroeconomist and econometrician Rob Harbron focuses on the UK economy, specialising in regional outlooks and the prospects for consumers and households.
Rob leads the analysis on two regular major Cebr reports on UK households. He authors the Asda Income Tracker, which monitors changes in household spending power, and the VocaLink Take Home Pay Index, which tracks real-time changes in disposable income pay in the UK. Rob is also the lead author on Cebr’s bi-annual report on London, City and Regional Prospects and undertakes detailed regional analysis for the ICAEW Grant Thornton Business Confidence Monitor and the FSB Small Business Index.
Before joining Cebr, Rob used his econometrics to analyse the effectiveness of marketing campaigns acting a consultant to big name grocers, retailers and fast-moving consumer goods companies. Rob holds an MSc in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Bristol and a BSc in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Reading.
Colm is a senior economist in the Microeconomics team at Cebr, providing bespoke analysis for a range of clients. Colm has extensive project experience in a wide range of sectors including specific deep expertise in property economics, industrial development and technology.
Colm has broad analytical expertise providing property market forecasting, econometric modelling, economic impact assessment and cost benefit analysis for public and private sector clients.
Colm holds an MSc in Economics and a BA in Economics and Sociology from the Trinity College Dublin.
Since joining Cebr in January 2012, Osman has worked with Cebr’s economic impact models and establishing approaches for the assessment of path-breaking economic scenarios and technologies.
He has performed microeconomic analysis for several high-profile clients including Royal & Sun Alliance, DLA Piper, Mainstream Renewable Power, the European Physical Society and SAS, as well as contributing to Cebr’s macroeconomic advisory package.
Osman is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where he read Government and Economics before working in the voluntary sector.
Laura is a senior economist on the microeconomics team. Currently, she contributes to Cebr’s economic impact assessment work across a range of sectors using her quantitative and qualitative analytical research skills.
Before joining Cebr Laura worked as an Economic Advisor for Ofcom, where she contributed to a wide range of projects across the sectors Ofcom regulates, including quantifying the European Parliament’s removal of roaming charges, measuring postal efficiency and Competition Act cases.
Prior to her role at Ofcom, Laura worked in Investor Relations at Capita plc dealing with a range of clients from the energy sector. Laura graduated with a BSc Economics and Finance from the University of Southampton in 2009
Alicia is a Senior Economist on the Macroeconomics Team. Alicia applies her knowledge of macroeconomic modelling to carry out bespoke impact assessments and run Cebr’s suite of models for The Prospects Service. Previously Alicia worked in the International Macroeconomic Modelling Team at Cambridge Econometrics where she operated a macro-econometric model.
Alicia received her BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Manchester. Her dissertation was on the varying impact of poor mental health on job absenteeism rates across industries and sectors. She later completed an MSc at The University of Nottingham in Applied Economics.
Julia is a Senior Economist at Cebr, currently working on property market forecasts in the Microeconomic team. She came from Oxford Economics (OE), where she developed city-specific socio-economic indicators for their worldwide city database, particularly for the most “data-challenging” cities in Africa. Her talent for tracking down “hard-to-find” data and her ability to assess their validity and prepare sensible forecasts was soon recognized and she became involved in various OE consulting projects.
After gaining a first class honours in Management (BSc) at the University of Stirling, Julia moved to the University of York where she completed her studies, gaining a merit in Economics (MSc). Her interest in economics was triggered by her experience during several internships at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
Julia is multilingual: She has been living in English-language environments for more than 12 years. German is her mother tongue and she has a working knowledge of French.
Danae specialises in monetary economics and international finance, and is a regular contributor to the UK and global media with commentaries on UK and Eurozone monetary policy and other macroeconomic developments. As a member of the forecasting team at Cebr Danae is also the editor of Cebr’s quarterly Global Prospects report, which forecasts the economic outlook in the global economy, and of the ICAEW’s “Economic Insight: Greater China”, a quarterly publication of original research on economic developments in China, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Danae grew up in Greece, where she was educated at the German School of Athens before moving to the UK to pursue her studies. She read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford, and completed the MSc in Economics for Development at the Oxford Department for International Development.
Alasdair works on the macro team forecasting, modelling and providing commentary on recent economic events. He has keen interest in international macroeconomics and economic history. Recent research includes the economic benefits of European Union membership for the UK.
Alasdair studied Economics and Management at New College, Oxford before moving to SOAS, London to take the MSc in Economics with reference to South Asia, where he focused on Indian industrial policy and especially the IT industry. Since leaving university, he worked for a year at London Economics consultancy, gaining experience of areas including European policy and behavioural economics.
Matthew Bourke Costello
Matthew joined Cebr after working in property investment and banking. He brings a global perspective, having worked in East Asia and Latin America. He graduated with a BA in Economic and Social Studies from the University of Manchester and is a part-qualified Chartered Financial Analyst.
His work for Cebr so far includes assessments of the impact of Chinese trade on the Scottish economy. His previous experience is diverse. His micro work includes analysis of property investments and the beverage industry. Macro projects include examining the effect of commodities on international conflicts and forecasting Mongolian growth.
As an economist on the macroeconomics team, Sam contributes to the reporting and analysis of macroeconomic indicators and events as part of the Cebr Prospects Services. He also works on a variety of regional economic impact studies.
Sam studied Economics at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he produced research which focused on the relationship between monetary policy and commodity prices.
Shruti is an economist on the Microeconomics team. Using her experience in econometrics, quantitative and qualitative research, Shruti contributes to Cebr’s economic impact assessment work across a variety of sectors.
Shruti studied Economics at Durham University before moving to UCL to take an MSc in Economics, where she focused on microeconomics, and applied micro econometric techniques to analyse the dynamics of the female wage distribution in the US.
Shruti speaks Hindi, Telugu and Marathi.
As a part of Cebr’s macroeconomics team, Nina participates in the analysis of a wide range of macroeconomic events and indicators. Her work includes contributions to Cebr’s The Prospects Service, commentary on current economic events, and project work across a variety of sectors.
After earning her IB diploma from the International School of Belgrade in Serbia, Nina continued her studies in the US. She graduated summa cum laude from Babson College with a double concentration in Economics and Global Business Management. Nina also studied at the London School of Economics in the MSc Political Economy of Europe programme.
As an economist on the microeconomics team, Rajini uses her econometric and research experience to contribute to Cebr’s economic impact assessment work across a variety of sectors. She has a keen interest in the relationship between the economy and public policy. Recent research includes economic impact evaluation analysis and macroeconomic analysis on the future trends of consumer spending.
Rajini studied Economics (BSc) at the University of Southampton before moving to the University of Warwick to undertake an MSc in Economics and International Financial Economics, where she applied econometric techniques to produce research which focused on the relationship between fiscal policy and asset prices.
Eva is the main point of contact for the media and handles all matters relating to the press. She also works alongside senior economists and the Chief Executive in developing Cebr’s long term media engagement strategy. Her duties include updating Cebr’s website and Twitter/LinkedIn pages.
She holds a degree in Russian Studies (BA) from University College London, for which she specialised in Russian Language, Literature and Culture. Eva is currently undertaking a part time Master’s degree in Comparative Literary Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as working as press officer at Cebr.
Finance and Office Manager
Sarah has helped run the business side of Cebr since 2008 looking after the company’s finances and all administration tasks, including supporting the directors and economists to ensure a smooth-running office.
She previously held finance or PA roles with Avanti Screenmedia Group Plc, Industry Architecture and Design Ltd and Allsopp & Co. Accountants.
She was educated in commerce, accounting and office management in Leicestershire.