Bank of England chief economist to be RSA’s next chief executive

14 Apr 2021 News

Andy Haldane, former chief economist of the Bank of England

Andy Haldane, chief economist of the Bank of England, will be the next chief executive of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). 

He will join the charity in September, succeeding Matthew Taylor, who is joining the NHS Confederation as chief executive. 

Haldane has worked at the Bank of England since 1989 and has been its chief economist since 2014. In 2009 he co-founded Pro Bono Economics, a charity think tank, and has often spoken about the value of volunteering.

He said: “I have loved my 30 years at the Bank of England, a great British institution, working with so many fantastic colleagues on so many crucial public policy issues.

“I am now excited to be joining another great British institution, the RSA.” 

‘Historic moment’

Haldane added that he will join the RSA at “an historic moment” and will focus on building partnerships.

“My conversations with the RSA’s trustees and staff have confirmed a shared sense that this is an historic moment for our societies, with new challenges from technology to longevity, from inequality to the environment,” he said. 

“Meeting these new challenges will require new thinking, new policies and new partnerships between governments, industries and civil society, working in partnership.
“With its long and distinguished history of creative thinking, social innovation and civic participation, including through its Fellows, I believe the RSA is the institution best placed to tackle these challenges.
“For more than 250 years, the RSA has been creating a sense of wonder about the world – and then, through its actions, changing the world by creating new wonders.
“That task has never been more important than now.
“I am looking forward to working with trustees, staff, Fellows and partners to help write the next chapter in the RSA’s illustrious history, delivering the lasting change its role requires and our societies deserve.”

Tim Eyles, RSA chair, said: “This is a moment of huge historic significance for the world. The challenges presented by Covid, deep-seated inequalities, and Brexit in the UK, require powerful and creative thinking, and the delivery of practical solutions capable of global application. Change must come if lives are to be improved and the planet’s future secured.

“Andy’s extraordinary accomplishments — in his thirty years at the Bank of England, in economic policymaking and academia, in his commitment to people leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion, and in building bridges between experts and citizens, government, business and the third sector — all make him ideally placed to lead the RSA at this critical juncture.” 

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