Dame Kate Barker and Dr Craig Berry, The Industrial Strategy Commission

Join us at this briefing to hear from the Industrial Strategy Commission’s Chair, leading British economist Dame Kate Barker and one of the Commissioners, Dr Craig Berry as they discuss the work of the Commission and findings from engagement with national policymakers, experts, businesses and organisations from a range of sectors and industries.


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  • About Dame Kate Barker, Chair, The Industrial Strategy Commission

    Dame Kate Barker is one of Britain’s foremost economists. Kate was an external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee for three terms between 2001-2010. In 2003, Kate was commissioned by the government to conduct a major independent policy review of the UK Housing Supply, leading to a final report in 2004. She was subsequently asked to conduct a similar review of Land Use Planning and her final report was published in 2006. Kate was Chief Economic Adviser at the CBI between 1994-2001.

    Kate is a non-executive member of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s Oversight Board. She is the Chairman of Trustees for the British Coal Staff Superannuation Fund, Chairman of the Jersey Fiscal Policy Panel, and a non-executive director of Taylor Wimpey plc and the Yorkshire Building Society.

    In 2014 Kate was made a Dame for services to the economy.

  • About Dr Craig Berry, Commissioner, The Industrial Strategy Commission

    Craig Berry is the Deputy Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield.

    Craig is a political economist and specialises in UK economic policy, finance, manufacturing and pensions. He is the author of Austerity Politics and UK Economic Policy (2016), Globalisation and Ideology in Britain (2011) and has forthcoming books on UK pensions policy and the political economy of the Northern Powerhouse. Craig has previously a policy adviser on state pensions and older people at the Treasury, Pensions Policy Officer at the Trades Union Congress, and Head of Policy and Senior Researcher at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK). He is also currently a member of the advisory board at the Intergenerational Foundation and an Associate Fellow at the ILC-UK.