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Ruth Jane Lea

Ruth Lea's main interests for speeches are:
  • The British economy, its developments and policy, especially from the business perspective.      
  • EU issues including the euro and the draft Constitution treaty - with the emphasis on the implications of these policies for the economy and business. 
  • Education and training issues - again especially from a business perspective. 
  • The Work-Life Balance - from a sceptical angle. 

Ruth Jane Lea - Business SpeakerRuth Lea is currently Director of the Centre for Policy Studies. She is on the University of London Council and is a Governor of the London School of Economics.  

Ruth has served on the Council of the Royal Economic Society, the National Consumer Council, the Nurses’ Pay Review Body, the ONS Statistics Advisory Committee, the ESRC Research Priorities Board and the Retail Prices Advisory Committee. She has also been a judge for several national achievement awards.   

Ruth is the author of many papers including “Education and training: a business blueprint for reform”, “Healthcare in the UK: the need for reform”, “CAP: a catalogue of failure”, “The Work-Life balance…and all that”, “Red tape in workplace” and The Essential Guide to the European Union”. She has a high media profile including regular appearances on “Any Questions” and “Question Time”.  

Ruth was Head of the Policy Unit at the Institute of Directors (IoD) between 1995 and 2003. Prior to the IoD, she was the Economics Editor at ITN. And prior to ITN, she worked in the City for 6 years. She spent over 5 years at Mitsubishi Bank, rising to Chief Economist, working on all the major economies. She was subsequently employed by Lehman Brothers as their Chief UK Economist, concentrating on the UK economy and markets.  

Prior to joining Mitsubishi Bank in 1988, Ruth spent 16 years in the Civil Service in the Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Central Statistical Office and the Civil Service College - with a break for teaching economics at Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich).  

Ruth Lea read economics and statistics at York and Bristol Universities and attended Lymm Grammar School in Cheshire .


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