Communications and Engagement Committee

The committee advises and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee on the success of the Society’s communications and engagement activities.  It oversees all issues concerning communications and engagement including the Society’s website and social media channels.

Helen Miller

Chair

Helen is Deputy Director of the IFS and head of the Tax sector. Her main research interests are the effects of the tax system on individuals and firms behaviour and the design of tax policy. Her recent research also includes work on the drivers of firm investment and the UK productivity puzzle. She is Tolley's 2018 Tax Personality of the year

Prof Carol Propper

President

Carol is Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of Faculty & Research at Imperial College Business School, London. In 2010 she was awarded a CBE for her services to social science, in 2014 she was elected as a fellow of the British Academy and in 2018 she was appointed as an International Fellow of the National Academy of Medicine. In recognition of her work she has twice been awarded the Arrow Award and received the American Economic Association 2016 prize.

Prof Denise Osborn

Secretary-General

Now Emeritus, Denise was employed at the University of Manchester for 38 years, 23 as professor, publishing more than 80 papers and one book, many with international collaborators. External roles include Sub-Panel Chair UK RAE2008, Deputy Panel Convenor Hong Kong RAE2014 and service for the Royal Economic Society, Economic and Social Research Council and Leverhulme Trust, among others.

Prof Marina Della Giusta

COVID-19 Response Lead

Marina is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Reading. Her publications are in the area of behavioural and labour economics, with particular focus on gender, stigma and social norms. Marina is actively promoting initiatives surrounding both the communication and teaching of economics and the advancement of women in the profession.

Martin Sandbu

Council member (until 2022)

Martin Sandbu is the Financial Times's European Economics Commentator. He has been writing for the FT since 2009, when he joined the paper as Economics Leader Writer. Before joining the FT, he worked in academia and policy consulting. He has taught and carried out research at Harvard, Columbia and the Wharton School, and has advised governments and NGOs on natural resources and economic development.

Rain Newton-Smith

Council member (until 2023)

Rain Newton-Smith is the chief economist at the Confederation of British Industry and previously the head of emerging markets at Oxford Economics. Prior to that, Rain worked on the international forecast for the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England. She was honoured by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as a young global leader.

Prof Tim Worrall

Council member (until 2021)

Tim is Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh. He has held previous appointments at Manchester, Keele, Liverpool, Reading and Cambridge. Tim was Secretary to the Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE), a sub-committee of the Royal Economic Society, 2007-2012.

Prof Jackie Wahba

Council member (until 2025)

Jackie is Professor of Economics at the University of Southampton. She has been a member of the UK Migration Advisory Committee since 2012. She leads the Migration Research at the ESRC Centre for Population Change. She is a research fellow of Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Institute of Labour Studies (IZA) and Economic Research Forum (ERF). She has acted as an advisor to several international organisations, including the EC, the World Bank, IOM, ILO and OECD.