Head of Economy & Finance
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Team: Economy & Finance
Tony is Head of Finance and Business at NEF, leading the programme of research into reforming the financial sector and aligning the interests of society and business. In addition to the programme areas of banking reform, monetary policy, community currencies and sustainable financial markets, he has research interests in local and regional development, and post-growth economics. Tony is a regular media commentator on banking issues, contributing to various BBC programmes including BBC Today, Newsnight, Radio 5 Live, as well as Sky News and Channel 4 News and writing for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Daily Mail and Huffington Post.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1996, he worked as an investment banker at Barclays Bank and Credit Suisse where he raised equity finance for UK companies. He then spent several years in the commercial sector as a director of an internet marketing agency, an art gallery group, an award-winning sustainable food retailer, and a high-street accountancy practice. Immediately prior to joining NEF in 2010, Tony was working with the Transition Towns movement, a network of community initiatives implementing local solutions to the challenges of climate change, peak oil and local economic regeneration. He has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Environmental Assessment and Evaluation from the London School of Economics.
Tony holds the following positions outside NEF:
• Department of Business, innovation and Skills; Member of the Regional Growth Fund Advisory Panel
• Transition Network; Trustee & Treasurer
• Alliance Trust; Sustainable and Responsible Investments Advisory Committee
• Schumacher College; Visiting lecturer for MA in Economics of Transition
• Finance Innovation Lab; Fellow