The Commissioners

Allister Heath

Allister Heath

Editor of City A.M. and Chairman of the 2020 Tax Commission

Allister Heath is Editor of City A.M., the daily business newspaper distributed in and around London and available worldwide at www.cityam.com. Under his editorship, the paper, which has now grown to a print circulation of around 130,000 copies per day, has become an influential voice in London’s business community. Heath’s trenchant daily column in the paper covers economics, finance, politics, geopolitics, business strategy and other subjects and has gathered an increasingly large following.

He has long had an interest in tax reform. His first book A Flat Tax: Towards a British model, with a foreword by Steve Forbes, was published in 2006.

Heath has become an increasingly regular presence on British TV and radio, with recent appearances on BBC Radio Four’s Today Programme; BBC Two’s Newsnight and Daily Politics; the BBC and ITV News Bulletins; the BBC News Channel; Sky News; and CNBC, among others. Heath is a frequent public speaker and conference chairman, specialising in the UK and global economy, the outlook for the City, business trends and financial literacy. In addition to City A.M., he has written for a wide range of newspapers. He also serves as a contributing editor of The Spectator.

He was awarded the 2011 Free Enterprise Award by the Institute of Economic Affairs and was voted the 2012 SIMA Financial Journalist of the Year in the City of London Wealth Management Awards. Prior to taking over at City A.M. in March 2008, he was Editor of The Business magazine. He was also a regular contributor to The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. While at The Business, he also served a two-year term as a Wincott visiting professor of financial journalism at the University of Buckingham.

Heath was born and schooled in France. He moved to the UK to attend university, graduating with a BSc in economics from the London School of Economics and an M.Phil in economics from Hertford College, Oxford.

Andrew Allum

Andrew Allum

Co-founder and Chairman of the TaxPayers’ Alliance

Andrew Allum is Co-founder and Chairman of the TaxPayers’ Alliance. He currently works as a Partner at a leading strategy consulting firm.

Richard Baron

Richard Baron

Head of Taxation at the Institute of Directors

Richard has worked as a tax professional in a variety of roles for over 20 years. He was Head of Taxation at the IoD from 1996 to 2002, and then spent three years working on corporation tax policy for HM Revenue & Customs. He returned to the IoD as Head of Taxation in 2005.

Kevin Bell

Kevin Bell

Chairman of Maitland Political and Trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs

Kevin Bell is the Chairman of Maitland Political; former President of Fleishman- Hillard UK, Africa, and the Middle East; and a trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). He began his career with Michael Forsyth Associates in 1980, was a founding director of Westminster Strategy in 1987 before establishing Lowe Bell Political (later Bell Pottinger Public Affairs) in 1994.

Rosemary Brown

Rosemary Brown

Chairman of the Gabbitas, Truman & Thring Educational Trust

Rosemary has wide-ranging business, public sector, media and voluntary work experience. Among other senior roles, she was Founder and Managing Director of Enterprise Dynamics Ltd., Executive Chairman of Gabbitas Educational Consultants Ltd., Board member of the Occupational Pensions Board and is currently Chairman of the Tomorrow's Achievers Educational Trust.

Mike Denham

Mike Denham

Research Fellow at the TaxPayers’ Alliance

Mike Denham is a former Treasury economist who has worked extensively on public spending and fiscal analysis. He also worked in the City as an investment manager, closely following fiscal and monetary policy developments.

Martin Durkin

Martin Durkin

Managing Director at WAG TV

Martin Durkin is film producer and media entrepreneur. He has produced and directed many factual TV programmes for Channel 4, the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and other broadcasters.

Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott

Co-founder and Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance

Matthew launched the TaxPayers’ Alliance in 2004 and Big Brother Watch in 2009. In September 2010, Matthew took a sabbatical from the TPA and BBW to lead the NOtoAV campaign in the nationwide referendum on changing Britain’s electoral system. The NO campaign defeated proposals to introduce the Alternative Vote by 67.9 per cent to 32.1 per cent.

Anthony J. Evans

Anthony J. Evans

Associate Professor of Economics at ESCP Europe Business School

Anthony J. Evans is Associate Professor of Economics at ESCP Europe Business School. His research interests are in corporate entrepreneurship, monetary theory, and transitional markets. He has published in numerous journals and co-authored a book called The Neoliberal Revolution in Eastern Europe: Economic Ideas in the Transition from Communism.

David Frost CBE

David Frost CBE

Chairman of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education and Trustee of Ufi Charitable Trust

David Frost is the former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Business Link. He is a member of the National Employer Advisory Board for the Reserve Forces.

Graham Hampson Silk

Graham Hampson Silk

Chairman of Hampson Holdings

Graham Hampson Silk is Chairman of Hampson Holdings, a private company with investments in a number of varied businesses across the UK. He has invested in many new, smaller organisations to help them develop and grow. Graham now spends a great deal of time chairing the blood cancer charity he founded.

Graeme Leach

Graeme Leach

Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors

Graeme Leach is Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors, which he joined in 1998. Prior to joining the IoD, he was an economics director and managing editor of futures publications at the Henley Centre. In 1998 he was awarded the WPP Atticus Award for original published thinking.

Andrew Lilico

Andrew Lilico

Director and Principal at Europe Economics

Dr Andrew Lilico is a Director and Principal of Europe Economics where he has directed major projects on financial services regulation, the cost of capital, phar- maceuticals, competition, and impact assessment. He has also published working papers on short selling, risk-sharing contracts in pharmaceuticals, housing, debt, and the regulation of markets with short-sighted agents.

Mark Littlewood

Mark Littlewood

Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs

Mark has worked in political communications, public relations and public affairs – variously for the European Movement, the Environment Agency and the London Bus Initiative. Mark has also been Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats. Mark became the IEA’s fourth Director General in December 2009.

Douglas McWilliams

Douglas McWilliams

Chief Executive of the Centre for Economics and Business Research

Douglas McWilliams is Chief Executive of the CEBR, one of the UK’s leading specialist economics consultancies, which he founded in 1993. He was the Chief Economic Adviser to the Confederation of British Industry from 1988 to 1992, Chief Economist for IBM UK (1986–88) and in the 12 years to 1986 held various posts at the CBI.

Fraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson

Editor of The Spectator

Fraser Nelson is Editor of The Spectator and a columnist for the Daily Telegraph. A journalist for 15 years, he started as a business correspondent for The Times and was Political Editor at The Scotsman before joining The Spectator in 2006 as the magazine’s Political Editor.

Stephan Shakespeare

Stephan Shakespeare

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of YouGov plc

Stephan is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of YouGov plc, a leading market research and polling company. Stephan is one of the pioneers of Internet research and drives the company’s innovation-led strategy.

Matthew Sinclair

Matthew Sinclair, Principal Editor

Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance

Matthew Sinclair is the Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, responsible for managing its day-to-day research and campaigning work. He edited the book How to Cut Public Spending (and Still Win an Election) and wrote Let Them Eat Carbon, both published by Biteback Publishing, and has produced a wide range of influential research.

David B. Smith

David B. Smith, Chief Economist

Beacon Economic Forecasting and Derby Business School

David B. Smith studied Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and the University of Essex. He was then employed for nearly four decades as an economist in the City of London, starting at the Bank of England. David is currently a Visiting Professor in Business and Economic Forecasting at the University of Derby and chairman of the IEA Shadow Monetary Policy Committee, and maintains his own macroeconomic model of the international and UK economies at Beacon Economic Forecasting.