Sam Beckett

Director General, Economics & Markets & Deputy Head, UK Government Economic Service at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

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Director General, Economics and Markets, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Policy Leaders Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Sam Beckett joined the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in November 2013 as Director General for Economics and Markets and Deputy Head of the Government Economics Service; BIS became the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in 2016. In this role she is responsible for:

  • developing, delivering, and tracking the impact of the government’s work on trade, labour markets and the wider business environment to deliver the growth agenda
  • championing the use of high quality economics and analysis so that BIS’s choices are based on the best available evidence
  • the government’s competition and consumer policies.

Sam joined BIS from the Cabinet Office where she was Director of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat. Before that she was Director of Fiscal Group in HM Treasury leading the fiscal policy response to the financial crisis and the Government’s engagement with the Credit Rating Agencies on the UK’s sovereign rating.

Sam has 25 years’ experience in BEIS, BIS, Cabinet Office and HM Treasury in roles spanning micro and macro-economics, strategy, policy and corporate services delivery.