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Warwick Policy Lab lecture - Sir Nick Macpherson (Her Majesty's Treasury Permanent Secretary)

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Warwick Policy Lab lecture - Sir Nick Macpherson (Her Majesty's Treasury Permanent Secretary)

The Warwick Policy Lab (WPL), based in the Department of Economics, hosts the first of its new special lecture series open to all University students and staff.

The overall aim of the WPL lecture series is to invite speakers from outside the University to speak on interesting and important real world issues. This provides students with the opportunity to better interpret what they have learnt in lectures and classes to interesting and important real world situations and subjects.

Event details

Sir Nick Macpherson - Permanent Secretary, Her Majesty's Treasury
'The Global Economic & Financial Crisis: what we have learnt 7 years on'
Tuesday 20th October 2015, 6.00-7.15pm
Woods Scawen, Warwick Arts Centre

This event is now fully booked. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please e-mail economics dot events at warwick dot ac dot uk. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Nick has been Permanent Secretary to the Treasury since 2005, and has managed the Treasury through the financial and wider economic crisis which began in 2007.

Prior to becoming Permanent Secretary, Nick was Managing Director of the Budget and Public Finance Directorate, where he oversaw the strengthening of the Treasury’s strategic tax policy function.

From 2001 to 2004 Nick headed up the Public Services Directorate, where he managed the 2000 and 2002 Spending Reviews. Previous Treasury posts included Director of Welfare Reform (1998 to 2001), where he led on reforms to the tax and benefit system, and Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1993 to 1997) where he oversaw the transition from the Chancellorship of Kenneth Clarke to that of Gordon Brown. Prior to that Nick worked in a variety of posts, including negotiating the EMU component of the Maastricht Treaty and the UK’s opt out.

Nick is a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, a visiting Professor at Queen Mary, University of London, and chairs the Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.

Nick joined the Civil Service in 1985 after spells working at the CBI and Peat Marwick Consulting.

Find out more about the Warwick Policy Lab lecture series.