Published: 12 May 2016 at 11:59
Dr Andrew Sentance will chair group focusing on investment and growth in county
Anglia Ruskin University will host the Essex Economic Commission, a new group launched today to focus on how the county’s economy can grow over the coming years.
The Essex Economic Commission will be chaired by the leading economist Dr Andrew Sentance CBE, who has worked both as senior economic adviser to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and as a member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee.
The new independent commission is made up of economists, business leaders and academics, including Professor Gary Packham of Anglia Ruskin University, and will provide advice to Essex County Council on how and where the local economy can grow and where investment should be focused.
Dr Sentance said:
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council cabinet member with responsibility for economic growth, added:
Membership of the commission has been structured to ensure broad expertise across the fields of economics; housing and planning; education and skills; infrastructure development; SME development; technology and innovation; and rural development.
David Burch, Director of Policy at the Essex Chamber of Commerce, backed the new commission. He said:
Braintree MP James Cleverly has also backed the new group. He said:
Professor Gary Packham, Dean of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University, said:
In addition to Dr Sentance and Professor Packham, the other members of the Essex Economic Commission are:
Dame Kate Barker CBE Business economist, former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee and former Chair of Governors at Anglia Ruskin
Andy Barratt Managing Director of Ford of Britain
Perry Glading Chief Operating Officer, Forth Ports
Guy Smith Vice President, National Farmers Union
Jason Falkingham Head of Business and Corporate Banking, Essex, Barclays
Charles Hindson Group Finance Director, e2v Technologies
Professor Jonathan Haskell Professor of Economics, Imperial College
Professor Eric Smith Professor of Economics, University of Essex
The commission will be hosted by Anglia Ruskin University and will run over the next three years. Further details on the commission can be found at www.essexgrowth.co.uk