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.


Julia Grant, CEO

Julia joined PBE in April 2016. She has over ten years’ experience as a charity CEO. She joined Impetus-PEF in 2011 as Portfolio Manager and was acting CEO from 2015, playing a major role in the development and implementation of the Impetus-PEF strategy during and after the merger. Previously, Julia led the scaling up of the National Gardens Scheme as CEO from 2004 to 2010 and before that was CEO at Surrey Community Action from 1999 to 2004. She has served on the Learning and Skills Council and is currently a member of the Arts and Humanities Funding Council (both ministerial appointments). She also sits on the Advisory Boards of Big Society Capital and Ashoka UK. In her spare time, Julia plays tennis, goes sailing and skiing.

David Knight, Data and Project Administrator

David joined PBE in February 2016 after a career break looking after his children. He previously worked for 20 years as an economist and policy adviser in the Department for Transport and several other Government Departments. He studied economics at the University of Swansea (BSc) and York University (MSc). More recently David has been a volunteer map editor for Waze and a volunteer teaching assistant with early years children. He is now rekindling his running career.

Karen Hancock, Economist

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.

Derrick Jones, Economist

Derrick has been a professional economist for 30 years and joined PBE in July 2015.  Previously he was Chief Economist at the Food Standards Agency and has worked in a variety of Government Departments, dealing with a range of transport, environment and regeneration issues.  He loves applying the tools of economics to real world issues and problems.  In addition to working part-time for PBE, Derrick is also an independent economic consultant.  Outside of work, Derrick is an active school governor.

Fiona Ramsay, Fundraising, Communications & Marketing

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.

Vanesa Cofiño Mackie, Office Manager

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.


Lord Gus O'Donnell (Chair)

Gus was Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service between 2005 and 2011, serving three Prime Ministers. Before this, he held several positions at the Treasury, British Embassy in Washington, International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Gus spoke at the launch of PBE at the Treasury in 2009 and continued to support the organisation as a patron. He joined the PBE Board as Chair in July 2016. Since 2012 he has been Chairman of Frontier Economics, a microeconomics consultancy firm that has seen a number of its economists support PBE on projects for charities.

Diane Coyle

Diane Coyle is a professor of economics at the University of Manchester and founder of the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. Diane has a wealth of experience within the economics profession, having previously been the Vice Chair of the BBC Trust and a member of the Competition Commission and the Migration Advisory Committee. Her blog, "The Enlightened Economist" can be read here.

Martin Brookes

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

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

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

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 Tilley-Riley

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

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 Pollock

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.


Kate Barker
David Giampaolo
Sir Alan Budd
Bronwyn Curtis
Gavyn Davies
Sir Howard Davies
Lord John Eatwell
Rachel Lomax
Jim O’Neill
Robert Peston
Vicky Pryce
Lord Adair Turner
Sir John Vickers
Sushil Wadhwani
Martin Wolf