Karen joined PBE in July 2013 from her role as Chief Economist at the Department for Education. She has been a professional applied economist for 35 years. As well as working in a variety of government Departments, she has been an academic researcher and lecturer at the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and the University of Lund in Sweden. Karen has also worked as an economics consultant for public sector and charity clients. In her spare time Karen is an accomplished runner and athletics coach, and holds the British women over 50s record for 20 miles (an impressive 2:15:18). She also cycles up mountains, is learning to play guitar and bakes cakes.
Structure & Governance
We are fortunate to have a hard-working board and a great group of patrons who support the work of the busy executive.
Derrick worked as the Chief Economist for the Food Standards Agency for a number of years before joining PBE in June 2015.
Vanesa joined PBE in November 2015 having previously worked at Trillion Fund. She has many years of Office Management experience. Vanesa studied a BSc (Hons) in Ecology Conservation & Environment at York University and then an MSc in Environmental Decision Making with the Open University. She has worked mostly in the environmental sector, including a sustainability charity (Waste Watch) and in renewables (wind turbines). She loves the great outdoors, travelling, gastronomy and above all, family and friends.
Fiona joined PBE in September 2015 having previously worked in a number of fundraising and communications roles in the charity sector. She studied a BA in French at the University of Leeds and an MA in International Politics at the University of Warwick. Fiona is interested in the communication and application of research evidence for the betterment of society, enjoys going out to dinner and counterbalances this with cycling to and from work.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Martin is one of the founders of Pro Bono Economics. He previously served as Director of Research and then Chief Executive of New Philanthropy Capital for 10 years, where he championed the importance of understanding impact in the third sector. Before joining NPC, Martin worked for 13 years as an economist at Goldman Sachs and, prior to that, the Bank of England. He stepped into his current role as CEO of the charity Tomorrow's People in early 2015.
Sir Dave Ramsden, CBE, has worked at HM Treasury for over twenty years, where he is now Chief Economic Adviser, Director General Economics and a member of the board. He has been Head of the Government Economic Service since 2007 (held jointly until 2010) and serves on the councils of the Economic and Social Research Council and the Royal Economic Society. He was knighted for service to economic policy making in the 2015 New Year honours list.
Andy Haldane is the Chief Economist at the Bank of England, and Executive Director, Monetary Analysis and Statistics. He is one of PBE's two founders. Before taking up his current role, Andy held a number of positions within the Bank’s monetary and financial stability directorates, where he has worked for over twenty years. Andy has written extensively on domestic and international monetary and financial stability, authoring around 100 articles and three books.
Matthew Brumsen works as an independent consultant in the wealth management industry, offering strategic advice to institutions and individuals. He previously worked at UBS as head of UK wealth management and a member of their Group Managing Board. Prior to that, Matthew spent nine years at Goldman Sachs having started his career as an economist at the Bank of England.
Jo has worked with a broad range of charities and social sector organisations to deliver PR, digital and stakeholder communications campaigns. She is currently Strategic Communications Manager for Big Society Capital, and before that was Deputy Managing Director of Champollion Digital and a Senior Consultant at Champollion. Before moving into communications, Jo was Director of Strategy & Funding for The Irene Taylor Trust 'Music in Prisons' for five years. She is currently Chair of Relate Bromley.
Lynne Berry, OBE, has been the Chief Executive of WRVS, the General Social Care Council, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Charity Commission. She is currently Vice Chair of British Waterways, transforming it into the Canal and River Trust, a Senior Fellow at CASS Business School and an associate of Civil Exchange.
Nicola became chief executive of the John Ellerman Foundation in September 2011, after 11 years at the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation where she was, most recently, director of grantmaking. Prior to joining the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Nicola was operations manager at the National Lottery Board North East and worked with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.