I am Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute.
During 2015 and 2016, I was head of the First Minister's Policy Unit - a team in the Scottish civil service established to support policy delivery within the Scottish Government.
Between 2011 and 2014 I was a Senior Economic Adviser in the Government Economic Service and Head of the Office of the Chief Economic Adviser in the Scottish Government.
During this time I was responsible for a team of over 50 economists and statisticians providing economic analysis across a range of areas including the global, national & regional/city economies, public finances, enterprise & innovation, energy & climate change and the development of government economic strategies.
Prior to joining government, I was an ESRC Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Fraser of Allander and lecturer in Economics at the University of Strathclyde. I completed my PhD in fiscal policy and devolution at the University of Glasgow and I studied undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.