Advisory Board

External guidance and support

Economics Division Advisory Board

The Economics Division receives external guidance and support from its Advisory Board. Our board members volunteer their time to support the Economics Division's projects and initiatives. Their experience and expertise helps us gain an external view of our programmes and research. 

Advisory board members

Nida Broughton

Head of Economic Growth and Productivity, Behavioural Insights Team 

Nida Broughton is Head of Economic Growth and Productivity at the Behavioural Insights Team. Previously, she was Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation, leading policy research on economic growth, public spending and employment. She has also worked at the House of Commons, where she provided economic advice to MPs and select committees, and at Ofcom, where she led research on the application of behavioural economics to market regulation. She holds an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck, University of London, and an MA (Cantab) in Economics from Cambridge University.

Joe Clease

Head of Enterprise Analysis for the Business Department (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Joe completed a Masters degree in Economics at the University of Leeds in 2000. Since then he has worked as a policy analyst and at all levels of government (local, regional and national), encompassing local economic development, skills and social exclusion policy.

In 2009, Joe joined the Department for Work and Pensions as a Principal Economist, initially focusing on policy for disadvantaged areas. Joe moved into pensions policy in 2012 and led the production of the impact assessments for the new State Pension and increases to the State Pension age.

Joe advised government on a range of private pensions policy issues, having previously led the work to enable collective pensions in UK legislation. He is involved in a range of initiatives to try to enhance analytical skills among government analysts. In his current role as Head of Enterprise Analysis for the Business Department (BEIS), he is responsible for teams that conduct analysis of new emerging sectors, economic shocks and business finance.

Noble Francis

Economics Director, Construction Products Association

Noble is the Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, where he oversees one of the most respected teams of economists in the industry, producing the quarterly Construction Industry Forecasts, Construction Trade Surveys, State of Trade Surveys and various bespoke research. With a Masters Degree and PhD in applied economics, Noble has over 10 years of experience producing economic forecasts. He and his team’s work are regularly featured in the Financial Times and other dailies, numerous UK construction trade press, television and radio. He also writes a regular column for Construction News in addition to an Economist’s Blog for Building Magazine. In 2015 Noble was appointed Visiting Professor to the University of Westminster in the Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment.

Sarah O'Connor

Employment Correspondent, Financial Times

Victoria Turner

Head of Finance, Mid Markets and SME, Lloyds Commercial Banking