Creon Butler

Director, Global Economy and Finance Programme


Creon Butler leads the Global Economy and Finance Programme at Chatham House. He joined the institute in 2019, since when he has written and published on a wide range of global economic policy issues, including the interaction between macroeconomic policy and climate change, sovereign debt distress, the challenge of funding global health priorities, and the long-term implications for the international economic system of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

Before joining Chatham House, Creon served in the UK Cabinet Office as director for international economic affairs in the National Security Secretariat and G7/G20 ‘sous sherpa’, advising the UK Prime Minister on global economic policy issues.

Creon first joined the Cabinet Office in 2013 as director in the European and Global Issues Secretariat and designed the UK’s global Anti-Corruption Summit in May 2016.

He was also the British deputy high commissioner in New Delhi from 2006 to 2009 and has served in senior positions in HM Treasury and the Bank of England.

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 Principal 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