Press Release: Prof Diane Coyle becomes the first female Chair of NIESR’s Council of Management

Author(s): PBuonadonna Published: 18th November 2016

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research has appointed Professor Diane Coyle OBE as Chair of its Council of Management. Professor Coyle takes over from Professor Timothy Besley CBE, who has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute.

She is the first woman to hold this position in the Institute’s 78 year history.

NIESR Director Jagjit Chadha said: “Throughout her extraordinary career Diane has done so much to make economic analysis accessible and relevant. We are delighted to be able to rely on her guidance and support in our mission to improve understanding of the economic and social forces that affect people’s lives, and the ways in which policy can bring about change for good. It seems only right that Britain’s oldest economic research institute should be one of the first of its kind to have a female economist as the Chair of its Board. ”

Diane Coyle said: “It’s an honour to have this role, especially at a time when there is so great a need for the kind of thorough, policy-relevant research provided by NIESR. I am looking forward to working with the other trustees, the Director and all the institute’s staff to ensure it continues to serve the purpose for which it was founded in similarly uncertain times.”




Notes to editors:

Diane Coyle is a Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, and founder of the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. She is a member of the Natural Capital Committee, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She specialises in the economics of new technologies, markets and competition, and public policy, and has worked extensively on the impacts of mobile telephony in developing countries. Her books include the bestselling GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, The Economics of Enough: How to run the economy as if the future matters, and The Soulful Science (all Princeton University Press). Diane was a BBC Trustee for over eight years and vice chair from 2011-2015. She was formerly also a member of the Migration Advisory Committee and the Competition Commission. She has a PhD from Harvard. Diane was awarded the OBE in January 2009.

NIESR’s Council of Management functions as a board of trustees.

For more information or to organise an interview with Dr Coyle please contact the NIESR Press Office:

Luca Pieri on 0207 654 1931/ pbuonadonna [at]

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