Webinar: Industrial Strategy Council: Approaches to UK's Sectoral Landscape

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The Industrial Strategy Council is tasked with providing impartial and expert evaluation of the government’s progress in delivering the aims of the Industrial Strategy. The Industrial Strategy White Paper recognised that economy-wide perspectives on productivity and economic growth can miss the diversity that exists between sectors and firms This has become all the more apparent when assessing the impact of Covid-19 on different areas of the economy.

With that in mind, the Industrial Strategy Council is publishing two reports examining sectoral aspects of the Industrial Strategy. A report into effective policy approaches considers how we can implement sectoral policy in a way that works for both the public and private sector. This is also supported by an evidence review of the UK's sectoral landscape, including key aspects of the UK’s sectoral composition and an analysis of differences in economic conditions and productivity drivers across UK sectors.

In this special session we will:

  • Discuss the diversity of the sectoral landscape, differences in economic conditions and how to tailor government policy to the needs of individual sectors
  • Evaluate how to implement sectoral policy effectively, and get views on the Industrial Strategy’s Sector Deals and Grand Challenges
  • Establish how the sectors should, and can, work more effectively with policymakers to ensure a bespoke approach is taken to help support in Covid-19 recovery


Speakers include:

  • Andy Haldane

    Chair, Industrial Strategy Council

    Chief Economist, Bank of England

    Andrew G Haldane is the Chief Economist at the Bank of England. He is a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee and Chair of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Council. Among other positions, he is Honorary Professor at University of Nottingham, a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.  He has authored around 200 articles and 4 books.  Andrew is the founder and trustee of ‘Pro Bono Economics’, a charity which brokers economists into charitable projects, a trustee of National Numeracy and Patron of the charities Reach and Speakers for Schools.

  • Nancy Rothwell

    Member, Industrial Strategy Council

    President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester

    Nancy Rothwell is President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, where she also holds a Chair in Physiology. Her ongoing research in neuroscience has contributed towards major advances in the understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004 and in 2005 was honoured with a DBE. She was the founding President of the Royal Society of Biology and has served as a non-executive director of AstraZeneca. She is currently co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, Chair of the Russell Group, a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, Chair of the Oxford Road Corridor Board, and a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Board and the UK Dementia Research Institute Board.

  • Charlie Mayfield

    Member, Industrial Strategy Council

    Chair, Be the Business

    Charlie Mayfield became the John Lewis Partnership's fifth Chairman in March 2007. He joined the Partnership in 2000 as Head of Business Development, responsible for business strategy and development for both John Lewis and Waitrose. Charlie joined the Board as Development Director in 2001 and was responsible for developing the Partnership's online strategy. He became Managing Director of John Lewis in January 2005 prior to taking up his appointment as Chairman of the Partnership in March 2007. Charlie began his career as an officer in the army. He joined SmithKline Beecham in 1992 and became Marketing Manager for the Lucozade brand, before moving to McKinsey & Co in 1996, where he worked with consumer and retail organisations. Charlie is chair of the Productivity Leadership Group and is the President of the Employee Ownership Association. He is also a Trustee of Place2Be, Non-Executive Chairman of QA, and a Trustee of the British Museum. He received a knighthood in June 2013 for services to business.

  • Rebecca Riley


    The Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence

    Rebecca Riley is a Fellow of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), where previously she led the productivity research group and the UK forecast team. She is Director of the UK Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE), a research centre established in 2017 to address emerging and future issues in measuring the economy. She has written extensively on UK productivity performance and labour market policy and has been an external advisor to several government departments and public bodies, including the Department for Work and Pensions and the Office for National Statistics.


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