Andrea Lee

Project Manager, Culture and Commerce Taskforce - Freelance at City of London Corporation

Policy Fellow Alumna, Centre for Science and Policy

A former government economist having successfully made a transition to working in the arts and cultural sector bringing experience of high profile policy roles, a strategic focus and evidence-based approach to solving difficult problems.

Andrea studied for an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has been working with organisations including Power to Change, the London Handel Festival and Culture Mile.

Previously, Andrea was Deputy Director and Lead Analyst Children, Families and Disadvantage - including working on life chances - at the Department for Work and Pensions. Prior to that, she was Deputy Director for Strategy in the Department of Health. Before this she was Deputy Director for Strategic Analysis at the Department of Communities and Local Government, where her responsibilities covered strategic analysis of DCLG policy areas (including localism and decentralisation, and troubled families) and major cross-cutting themes that affect the Department (the ageing population, new sources of finance, new policy tools and approaches). She also had responsibility for deregulation and briefing on economic trends.

A government economist by background, Andrea worked in various other Whitehall Departments including the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, the former Ministry of Agriculture, the former Department for the Environment and the former Department for Employment. In the Cabinet Office she worked in the Strategy Unit on economic and social challenges; she has also worked with the OECD on local economic growth and undertook a secondment to the French Civil Service.

Andrea’s areas of interest for her Fellowship, starting in May 2012, centred around decentralisation, system design, risk and uncertainty. To read about her experience as a Policy Fellow see here.