Dr Andrew Sentance CBE

Dr Andrew Sentance CBE

Former MPC Member

Synopsis

A member of Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee during one of the most eventful periods in modern history, Andrew advocated the unpopular idea that interest rate rises were necessary for future economic stability. He also served as Chief Economist and Head of Environmental Affairs at British Airways, and as Economic Policy Director for the CBI. He considers the outlook for the UK and international economy in relevant, understandable language.

Biography

A former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), Andrew Sentance is now a Senior Economic Advisor to PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers). He is also a respected writer and commentator on domestic and international economic affairs.

A career economist, Andrew previously worked for British Airways, where he became Chief Economist and was appointed to a team of five senior leaders charged with turning the business around and preparing it for the future. He then joined the CBI as Economic Policy Director and sat on a commission exploring ways to shift the tax burden away from ‘good’ things like employing people to ‘bad’ things that, for example, harm the environment.

Andrew served at the Bank of England during a period a historic financial turmoil and a time when the Committee’s decisions were subject to international scrutiny. He consistently advocated interest rate rises as a means of controlling increasing inflation after the initial shock of the crisis had been largely overcome.

A regular commentator on economic matters in media and his own blog The Hawk Talks, Andrew also the author of the book Rediscovering growth: After the crisis a look at the prospects for the UK and western economies in the years after the financial crisis. In presentations he looks the domestic, European and global economies and the implications of key policies, and puts the complex issues at stake in to relevant, accessible language.

As well as economics, Andrew has a keen insight into the business of the environment, and he served as Head of Environmental Affairs at BA, and chaired the UK government group on the International Dimensions of Climate Change. He is a part-time Professor of Practice and Professor of Sustainable Business at Warwick Business School, a visiting professor at the University of London, and is a Vice-President of the Society of Business Economists.

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