Creon Butler

Research Director, Trade, Investment & New Governance Models: Director, Global Economy and Finance Programme


Creon Butler joined Chatham House from the Cabinet Office where he served as director for international economic affairs in the National Security Secretariat and G7/G20 ‘sous sherpa’, advising on global policy issues such as climate change, natural resource security, global health threats and the future of the international economic architecture.

Creon first joined the Cabinet Office in 2013 as director in the European and Global Issues Secretariat, advising prime minister David Cameron on international economic and financial issues, ranging from country-specific developments in China and Germany to global challenges such as antimicrobial resistance and anticorruption.

He designed and organized the UK’s global Anti-Corruption Summit in May 2016.

Earlier in his career, he served in the Bank of England, HM Treasury and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he was director for economic policy and chief economic adviser.

He was also deputy high commissioner in New Delhi from 2006 to 2009.

Past experience

2016-19 Director, National Security Secretariat Cabinet Office
2013-16 Director, European and Global Issues Secretariat, Cabinet Office
2009-12 Senior Adviser, International and EU, HM Treasury
2006-09 Minister and Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission, New Delhi
2004-06 Director, Economic Policy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1999-04 Chief Economic Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1994-99 Head, Monetary Instruments and Markets Division, Bank of England
1993-94 Adviser, Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy, Bank of England
1991-93 Principle Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor (Eddie George), Bank of England
1984-91 Economist, various departments, Bank of England
1982-84 Researcher, London School of Economics
1981-82 MSc (Econometrics and Mathematical Economics), London School of Economics
1978-81 BSc (Economics), London School of Economics

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