Profesor Tim Congdon CBE – Economist, Journalist, Author and Keynote Speaker
Tim Congdon is one of the UK’s most influential and controversial economists.
For over 30 years Tim Congdon has been a strong advocate of sound money and free markets in the UK’s public policy debates. He was one of the key intellectual contributors to the transformation in British economic policy (towards “monetarism” and “Thatcherism”) in the 1970s and 1980s.
Tim Congdon was a member of the Treasury Panel of Independent Forecasters (the so-called “wise men”) between 1992 and 1997, which advised the Chancellor of the Exchequer on economic policy. He founded Lombard Street Research, one of the City of London’s leading economic research consultancies, in 1989, and was its Managing Director from 1989 to 2001 and its Chief Economist from 2001 to 2005.
Although he retired from his job in the City of London in 2005, Tim Congdon has a number of continuing business involvements. He is a third-party capital provider (a so-called “Name”) in the Lloyd’s of London insurance market and owns two Scottish forest estates. He is a consultant to a private equity fund, a property fund and a pension insurance company.
He now spends most of his time writing books, academic papers and newspaper articles on economic subjects. He has a particular interest in monetary policy and the financial system.
Tim Congdon’s career has spanned the worlds of academe and journalism, as well as business and finance. He worked on The Times as an economic journalist between 1973 and 1976, before moving to the City, and still writes for The Times, The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers.
He has been a visiting professor at the Cardiff Business School and the City University Business School (now the Cass Business School). He was awarded the CBE for services to economic debate in 1997. His latest book, a collection of papers on Keynes, the Keynesians and Monetarism, was published in September 2007.
One reviewer of Keynes, the Keynesians and Monetarism wrote of Congdon, “He has a sharp eye for statistics, for history, for the twists and flows of intellectual fads, and for the political arena where debate hardens into the stone of decision. He is subtle, bellicose and highly articulate.”
Tim Congdon was educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School and St. John’s College, Oxford, where he received a 1st Class degree in Modern History and Economics.
Speaking topics include:
- The Economy
- Securities Markets
- Fund Management
- Quantitative Easing
- The Recession