TheCityUK has today announced the appointment of James Nixon as its first Chief Economist. A macroeconomist with 18 years’ experience in the private sector and central banking, James joins from Societe Generale where he was Chief European Economist. James has also worked at Barclays Capital and previously led and coordinated forecasting at the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the UK Treasury.

James will be the Chief Economic Adviser to TheCityUK’s Board and its Chief Executive Chris Cummings. The role will also see him develop research campaigns on the key issues affecting the financial and related professional services industry in the UK, building on TheCityUK’s reputation as one of the preeminent research bodies in this area.

Chris Cummings, Chief Executive at TheCityUK, commented: “The appointment of our first Chief Economist is another sign of TheCityUK’s commitment to promoting UK financial and related professional services. James is the ideal candidate for the role. He boasts an enviable breadth of experience dealing with macroeconomic issues both in the private sector and at central banks. James will play a pivotal part in our efforts to further the cause of our members, and I’m delighted to welcome him to the role.”

TheCityUKJames Nixon, Chief Economist at TheCityUK, commented: “With the UK showing tentative signs of economic recovery, there’s never been a more important time to make the case for a vibrant and healthy financial and professional services sector. It’s a hugely important job, when you consider that the vitality of the sector is so critical to the health and wellbeing of the wider economy. On behalf of our members, I’m looking forward to researching and commenting on the issues that matter to promote the industry, and to further enhance TheCityUK’s credentials as a leading research body in financial services.

TheCityUK runs a wide-ranging primary research programme on issues relevant to UK financial and related professional services, including SME finance, the competitiveness of the UK economy and the UK’s relationship with the EU. It also runs the Independent Economist Group, a group of senior economists and analysts from across financial and professional services (currently chaired by Andrew Sentence, PwC) which meets quarterly to address issues relevant to financial and professional services as well as to the wider UK economy.

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