Ben is a Principal Economist within the CBI’s Economics Directorate, with a background in macroeconomic forecasting, policy research and analysis of international business trends. He joined the CBI in 2013.
He is part of the team that oversees the CBI’s assessment of the economic landscape, analysing CBI’s surveys and tracking UK & global macroeconomic trends.
Ben also works closely with the CBI’s policy teams to provide economic support through both business surveys and research, leading on the scoping and delivery of economic analysis to help formulate CBI policy positions.
- Macroeconomic analysis & research
- Editorial & writing
- Presentation skills
- Policy analysis and development
CBI, Principal Economist
Ben oversees analysis of CBI business surveys and associated media. He is responsible for drafting commentary and briefings on UK macroeconomic trends. He acts as the liaison between the Economic Intelligence team and the CBI’s Regional Councils, regularly chairing economy-focussed Committee sessions and delivering presentations to CBI members and stakeholders
Ben leads on thematic policy research involving the economic intelligence team. Recent examples of his work include projects on R&D and innovation, regional productivity divergence, UK competitiveness, Brexit impact, and the outlook for UK services trade.
In 2019 Ben undertook a secondment to the government’s Industrial Strategy Council, where he was responsible for devising and initiating a programme of research into the “places” foundation, co-authoring an evidence review into geographical inequalities.
EIU (the Economist Group), Economist
Prior to joining the CBI, Ben was an analyst in the Western Europe team at the EIU, responsible for producing analysis/research across the EIU’s product portfolio, such as macroeconomic forecasts, country risk ratings, Business Environment reports, industry outlooks. He was a member of the EIU’s global forecasting team, leading analysis of the EU during the euro zone crisis.
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