Stephen Pickford

Senior Consulting Fellow, Global Economy and Finance Programme


Having worked on economic policy issues for most of his career, Stephen retired in 2010 from HM Treasury in London, where he was managing director (international and finance), and G7 and G20 finance deputy.

Prior to this he held posts as both director for Europe, and director for international finance in HM Treasury, with responsibility for international finance issues.

From 1998 to 2001 he was the UK’s executive director on the boards of the IMF and World Bank. Previous posts included leading the team responsible for Bank of England independence in 1997, and the 1988 Cabinet Office review of economic statistics.

He also worked in the New Zealand Treasury between 1989 and 1993 on macroeconomic policy and forecasting.

He studied economics at Cambridge, England and UBC, Vancouver.

Past experience

2012-16 Senior Research Fellow, International Economics, Chatham House
2010 -  Economic Consultant
2007-10 Managing Director (International and Finance), HM Treasury
2006-07 Director (Europe), HM Treasury
2002-06 Director (International), HM Treasury
1998 - 2001 UK Treasury representative in Washington, DC - Executive Director, International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and Economic Minister, British Embassy
1993 - 1998 Head of Inflation and Monetary Policy team, HM Treasury
1989 - 1993 Head of macroeconomic policy and forecasting, New Zealand Treasury
1987 - 1989 Head of Economic Briefing team, HM Treasury
1985 - 1987 Deputy Press Secretary, HM Treasury
1971 - 1979 Economist, Department of Employment