Pro Bono Economics has today announced the appointment of former Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane as President of the organisation. 

Haldane takes on the newly-created role having stepped down as a PBE trustee last year to take up a six-month secondment to lead the government’s Levelling Up Taskforce. 

Currently, Haldane is Chief Executive of the RSA, having spent over 30 years at the Bank of England. 

He re-joins PBE as the organisation prepares to complete the final six months of the Law Family Commission on Civil Society, a two-year programme of groundbreaking research exploring how to unleash the potential of civil society in the 2020s. 

Along with fellow economist Martin Brookes, Haldane set up PBE in 2009 in the wake of the financial crisis with the aim of harnessing the power of economics to enable the social sector to understand and improve its impact and value. 

Since then, the organisation has grown from two full-time staff members to a team of 20 and has supported more than 650 charities across the UK to date. 

As President, Haldane will be an ambassador for PBE and the charities that it supports, championing the most impactful charitable interventions and the crucial role that economists can play in partnership with the social sector. 

Lord Gus O’Donnell, PBE’s Chair of Trustees, said: 

“It is a pleasure to welcome Andy back to the PBE family after his stint in government helping to design the plan for Levelling Up. He returns in the newly-created role of President at a pivotal and hugely exciting time in the organisation’s journey. 

As PBE continues to provide its crucial services to charities around the UK eager to understand and boost their impact and value, it will also be embarking on the final six months of the Law Family Commission on Civil Society, a vital programme of work aimed at unleashing the potential of civil society. 

The return of Andy, a man of proven vision and inspiring leadership credentials, in his capacity as President of PBE is an enormous boost to the organisation and I look forward to working with him once again.” 

Andy Haldane, President of PBE, said: 

“It is a great honour to become President of Pro Bono Economics, an organisation I helped to set up well over a decade ago. Since 2009, PBE has supported more than 650 charities and given volunteering opportunities to hundreds of professional economists. 

The organisation has grown enormously in size and scope over the past 13 years and has become a genuine authority on the value of the social sector and an influential advocate for the role it has to play in helping to solve many of the major issues society faces today. 

I am looking forward to working with PBE’s extremely talented and dedicated leadership team and supporting the organisation as it continues to support and advocate for the social sector in these challenging times.” 

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