Education & Training Committee

The purpose of the Education and Training Committee is to:

- co-ordinate and oversee the Society's activities relating to economics education and training. Responsibility for the Societys' scholarly publications, including its academic journals, lies with the Publications Committee.

- advise the Trustee Board on matters relating to the education and training of students studying economics at university and also on continued professional development for those working in economics. 

- Liaise as appropriate with other RES committees (including the Communications & Engagement committee in relation to schools) and external bodies with an active interest in economics education and training. 


Prof Denise Hawkes

Chair Education & Training Committee | Anglia Ruskin University

Denise is Professor of Education Economics and the Head of School of Economics, Finance and Law at Anglia Ruskin University. Denise is an applied education economist and truly multi-disciplinary, applying econometric techniques to topics from higher education transitions, equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education and the value of doctoral education.

Prof Nicholas Crafts


Nick is Professor of Economic History at the University of Sussex and Emeritus Professor of Economic History at the University of Warwick. He was awarded a CBE for services to economics in 2014. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Cliometrics Society and the Economic History Association and is a past President of the Economic History Society.

Dr Steven Proud

Deputy Chair | University of Bristol

Steven Proud's research considers the economics of education. His main areas of interest include the effect of a child's peer group on their academic outcomes and the stability of school quality measures in school league tables

Prof Emilia del Bono

Council member (until 2024)

Professor of Economics and Director of Research, University of Essex. Her research agenda is focused on the nature, causes, and consequences of disparities in children’s human capital that lead to inequalities later on in life.

Parama Chaudhury

Professor (Teaching) | University College London

Parama is Professorial Teaching Fellow at UCL and the Director of UCL's Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics. She is also Academic Director of Economics for Foreign Policy, UCL's bespoke training course for HM Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Prof Caroline Elliott

Professor | University of Warwick

Caroline is a teaching-focused Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, and a Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy. She has a long-standing association with The Economics Network which works to enhance the quality of university economics teaching and learning, and is currently Deputy Director of the network.

Caroline is a Principal Fellow of Advance HE. Her research spans pedagogical research with a particular focus on the use of technologies in teaching, empirical education economics and industrial economics research areas.

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Neil Golbourne

Senior Economist | Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Neil is a Senior Economist at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In a long career he has advised on innovation, industrial, labour market and climate change policy. He currently leads a team of analysts working on corporate governance and company law.

He recently chaired the Trailblazer group that introduced the Level 7 (Masters) Senior Professional Economist Apprenticeship Standard and End Point Assessment. This enabled the Government Economic Service’s L7 apprenticeship programme which has around 200 starts a year.

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Prof Alessandra Guariglia

Professor of Financial Economics | University of Birmingham

Alessandra Guariglia is Professor of Financial Economics at the University of Birmingham. She has been Head of the Department of Economics at that same university from 2012 to 2015, and Head of the Departments of Economics and Accounting & Finance at the University of Durham between 2009 and 2012. Prior to that, she has worked at the Universities of Nottingham, Kent, and Essex. She obtained her PhD from Boston University in 1995. Her current areas of research include the links between

macroeconomic activity and finance, firm behaviour under imperfect capital markets, the economics of transition in China, household saving and consumption decisions, and health economics. She is an associate editor of the European Journal of Finance. Her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, the Review of Finance, the Journal of Corporate Finance, and Social Science and Medicine.

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Cloda Jenkins

Associate Director | Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics (CTaLE)

Prof Cloda Jenkins is Associate Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics (CTaLE) and a member of the EEA Education Committee Her economics expertise is in the economics of markets, how to make them work more efficiently and how best to design and implement government interventions when needed. She works closely with policy makers, for example as a member of the UKRN expert advisor panel and by providing training to government Departments and regulators, to ensure

decision-making is informed by economic principles. In higher education she is passionate about ensuring that students develop skills alongside knowledge as part of their degree experience and that education policies and practices are informed by the student voice and student partnership opportunities.

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Prof Kevin Lee

Professor of Economics | University of Nottingham

Kevin is Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham. He is an applied econometrician, specialising in the areas of model building and forecasting and using these methods in real-time decision-making, paying particular attention to the information contained in survey data.

Maureen Paul

Interim Chief Economic Advisor | Ofgem

Maureen Paul is the Interim Chief Economic Advisor at Ofgem. Maureen is passionate about making the energy markets work in the interest of existing and future energy consumers and have been working at Ofgem to do so since 2013. Maureen oversees the policy and analytical work of Ofgem’s Office for Research and Economics, with around 30 members of staff – economists, social researchers, behavioural scientists and policy experts, with wider leadership responsibilities for over 60 economists.

Maureen has responsibility for advising on Ofgem’s biggest priorities, including network price regulation, charges for the use of Great Britain’s energy networks, and retail and wholesale energy market issues. She co-chairs Ofgem’s ethnic diversity staff network. Before joining Ofgem, Maureen worked with the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading on several market studies, Competition Act cases and mergers cases. She has a PhD in economics from the University of Warwick.

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Mary Silles

Mary is Professor of Economics and Head of the Economics Subject Group at Northumbria University. Professor Silles is a labour economist with an ongoing research programme in the economics of education. She is widely published in this field and her work features some of the most advanced research in economics that has generated many important insights into practical issues in education.

Alex Wilks

Chief Economist | Department of Justice

Alex leads the Access to Justice and Corporate Business Partnering Teams and is also the department’s Chief Economist. He started his career in the Civil Service as an Assistant Economist in Sheffield working for the DWP. Alex has been at the MoJ for eleven years and has worked on prisons estates analysis, competition analysis, legal aid, and civil and admin justice. To relax Alex likes to cook (and eat), run, and spending time with family and friends.

Marie-Luiza De Menezes

Member Operations Director |

Marie-Luiza manages all operations within the Society, covering finance, human resources, events, grants and Council elections. She is also data protection lead on GDPR. Marie-Luiza has an extensive background as a senior manager within the charity sector specialising in new projects around organisational change and workforce development.

Julia Randall-Edwards

Head of Communications & Engagement |

Julia is responsible for the communications and engagement strategic approach at the Royal Economic Society having spent a number of years working as a consultant in senior roles in the charity and government sector.

Georgina Jenkins

Training & Events Manager |

Georgina has worked in event management within the not-for-profit sector for many years, more recently at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. She is experienced in coordinating complex, large-scale conferences. Georgina has a background in marketing and design and holds a BA in silversmithing.