Dame Kate Barker

Chair at Industrial Strategy Commission

Chair of the Industrial Strategy Commission

Dame Kate Barker CBE is the Chair of the Industrial Strategy Commission, an enquiry into the development of a new long-term industrial strategy for the UK which is jointly led by Policy@Manchester and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).

She is also Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge, and a Senior Adviser to Credit Suisse and a non-executive director of three businesses. Within the public sector, she is a non-executive member of the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility and Chair of the Northern Ireland Economic Advisory Group.

She was previously a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (from 2001 until May 2010). During this period, she also led two major policy reviews for Government, on housing supply and on land use planning. Before joining the MPC she was Chief Economic Adviser at the CBI.