Mike joined the BCC in February 2011 and became Director of Research and Economics in January 2014. He directs the BCC's policy research and survey programme. Mike represents the BCC externally on business policy and matters relating to local economic development.

Before coming to BCC, Mike spent over five years as an economist and in senior research and strategy roles at the East of England Development Agency (EEDA). He led EEDA’s strategy development work during the 2008/9 recession and oversaw the economic appraisals for multi-million pound projects with RDA and EU funding. Prior to EEDA, Mike worked as an economist and econometrician at the forecasting house Cambridge Econometrics and property services company Jones Lang LaSalle.

Originally from Sandbach, Cheshire, Mike holds a BSc in economics from Bath University and an MSc (also in economics) from the University of Warwick. 

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