I am a competition economist with over 10 years’ experience, mostly with consumer and competition regulators in the UK. I have worked across the spectrum of consumer and competition issues, including merger reviews, competition investigations, consumer protection and remedies. I also have experience in policy options and policy evaluation economic analysis, using best practice methods developed by the UK Government.
My journey in competition economics started at the consumer and competition regulator, the Office of Fair Trading, now the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). I worked on competition analysis of mergers and market investigations in several significant markets, such as grocery retail, online retail, rail franchises and healthcare.
I have planned and delivered economic analysis on consumer and competition issues in financial service sector, such as the economic analysis in the FCA’s first Competition Act case. In my previous role, I provided analysis for FS clients, such as the UK’s wholesale cash industry and the UK’s interbank payment system. The analysis considered the impact on customers and consumers, competition and innovation, and was framed around key regulatory objectives, such as the Payments Systems Regulator.
My experience with the UK’s consumer and competition regulators has shaped my ability to develop high impact analysis for interacting with the regulators. Whilst working at the FCA I led on analysis feeding into the review of remuneration schemes in the motor finance industry, which led to significant policy interventions and improvements for consumers. I also worked on the FCA’s first Competition Act 1998 case, on the exchange of information by asset managers. At the CMA, I contributed to the methodology for assessing NHS mergers by the CMA, incorporating considerations of regulation and potential patient benefits from proposed mergers.
Outside work I enjoy combining sports with staying in touch with friends, mostly through playing tennis. I am married with two young daughters who keep my feet firmly on the ground.
- BSc Economics, First Class
- MSc Economics, Distinction