Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is our governing body, responsible for forming and implementing our policies and coordinating the Society’s activities. As the board of trustees, they have certain responsibilities under charity law. Executive Committee meets at least three times a year and consists of the President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, Honorary Treasurer, Editors (up to three), the Secretary-General, and at least five councillors who are not officers.

Other members can be co-opted onto the Executive Committee by Council.  Currently the Chairs of the following committees are co-opted: Conference Committee, CHUDE, Publications Committee, Communications and Engagement Committee, Education & Training Committee,  Women's Committee.

Prof Dame Carol Propper


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 Tim Besley

President Elect

Professor Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics of Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Commission, Fellow of the Econometric Society and British Academy. He is also a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prof Dame Rachel Griffith

Past President

Rachel is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and a Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 for services to economic policy. She is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, the Academy of Social Sciences and a Research Fellow of CEPR.

Prof Denise Osborn


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.

Sue Holloway

Honorary Treasurer

Sue is now retired. She worked in the Government Economic Service for 13 years – at the Office for National Statistics, managing the GES and as Deputy Chief Economist at the Department for International Development. Following that she ran two charities - Pro Bono Economics and latterly Project Oracle.

Prof Gilat Levy

Managing Editor of the Economic Journal

Gilat Levy is a Professor at the Economics department at LSE and has been a Managing Editor at The Economic Journal since Feb 1st 2018. Her research focuses on political economy and information economics. She was a board member for many journals such as the American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, and Theoretical Economics.

Prof Jaap Abbring

Managing Editor of The Econometrics Journal | http://jaap.abbring.org/

Jaap is a professor of econometrics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and the managing editor of The Econometrics Journal.

Prof Jo Swaffield

Chair of CHUDE (Co-opted)

Jo is Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Economics & Related Studies, University of York. Jo is a labour economist interested in low wages, working hours and in-work poverty. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Low Pay Commission. Jo is a member of the Home Office’s Migration Advisory Committee.

Prof Denise Hawkes

Chair Education & Training Committee (co-opted) | University of Greenwich

Denise is Professor of Education Economics and Head of Department of International Business and Economics within the Business School, University of Greenwich. Denise is also a visiting professor at UCL Institute of Education. Denise is an applied education economist and truly multi-disciplinary, applying econometric techniques to topics from education economics, education transitions and education practice.

Denise’s research has been funded by ESRC, DfID and British Council as well as drawn the interest of many outside of academic economics, including: Behavioural Insights Team in UK, Higher Education Commission in Pakistan and the Ministry of Education in Georgia.

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Prof Almudena Sevilla

Chair of Women's Committee (co-opted) | University College London

Almudena Sevilla is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at UCL. She holds a £2M ERC Consolidator grant to study the effect of parental time investments and children's human capital accumulation. Almudena obtained a PhD in Economics from Brown University (USA), and previously worked at QMUL, University of Oxford, Essex University, and the US Congressional Budget Office.

Prof Michael McMahon

Conference Secretary (co-opted)

Michael is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow at St Hugh’s College. His research has been published in journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of International Economics.

Helen Miller

Chair of the Communications and Engagement Committee (Co-opted)

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 Beata Javorcik

Council representative (until 2021)

Beata is a professor of economics at the University of Oxford, fellow of All Souls College, managing editor of Economic Policy and director of the International Trade Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).”

Prof Mary S Morgan

Council representative (until 2022)

Mary is a professor of history and philosophy of economics at LSE and was the Vice President of publications at the British Academy between 2014 and 2018.

Prof Imran Rasul

Council representative (until 2023)

Imran is a professor of economics at UCL and a co-director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) at the IFS.

Ms Tera Allas

Council representative (until 2024)

Tera leads economic research McKinsey & Company and is a Trustee of the Productivity Leadership Group and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Previously, she worked as Deputy Head of the Government Economic Service and as a management consultant at McKinsey. Tera holds a M.Sc. in Technology and Industrial Economics (with distinction) from Aalto University and an M.B.A. (with distinction) from INSEAD.

Prof Miguel Costa-Gomes

Council representative (until 2025)

Miguel’s main research interests revolve around the observation and modelling of the behaviour of individuals in a variety of economic contexts under controlled conditions in the computer laboratory.

Stefania Paredes Fuentes

Diversity Champion

Stefania Paredes Fuentes is Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Warwick. Stefania is interested in Economics Education and works on on increasing diversity in Economics. She has been involved in various outreach and widening participation initiatives. Stefania is also Senior Associate and member of the Executive Board of the Economics Network and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.