Diane Coyle

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Diane Coyle
Diane Coyle at work with Apple laptop-9Oct2009.jpg
Coyle in 2009
Born 1961 (age 52–53)
Bury, Lancashire, England
Residence West Ealing, London
Nationality British
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford
Occupation Vice Chairman, BBC Trust
Salary £77,005 (for her part time BBC role)[1]
Spouse(s) Rory Cellan-Jones
Children 1 son
from the BBC programme Start the Week, 21 May 2012.[2]

Diane Coyle, OBE (born February 1961), is a freelance economist and a former advisor to the UK Treasury. She is a member of the UK Competition Commission and Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation. From September 2014 she will be a part time professor at the University of Manchester.[3]

Early life[edit]

Coyle was born in Bury, Lancashire,[4][5] and attended a grammar school, where a teacher engaged her "very sceptical and mathematical" mind with the logical way of thinking required in economics.[5] She did her undergraduate studies at Brasenose College, Oxford, reading philosophy, politics, and economics, before gaining an MA and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, graduating in 1985[6][7] with thesis titled The dynamic behaviour of employment (wages, contracts, productivity, business cycle).[8][9]

Career[edit]

Coyle after receiving her OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list

Coyle was an economist at the UK Treasury from 1985 to 1986, and later became the European Editor of Investors Chronicle between 1993 and 2001 and economics editor of The Independent.

She has written a series of books focused on educating people about different aspects of economics. She says her first book, The Weightless World (1997), was a contribution to the creation of a radical centre.[10] Another book explores concepts of "enoughness" and sustainability.[11]

Coyle is Managing Director of Enlightenment Economics,[12] an economic consultancy to large corporate clients and international organisations, specialising in new technologies and globalisation. Coyle is visiting Professor at the University of Manchester's Institute for Political and Economic Governance.[6] She is employed by EDF Energy on its stakeholder advisory panel,[13] with her BBC Trust colleague Chris Patten also on the panel.[14] Coyle is also a member of the UK Border Agency's Migration Advisory Committee.[6][15]

Coyle is: a former member of the UK's Competition Commission,[16] member of the Royal Economic Society and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Coyle was previously a presenter on BBC Radio 4[4] and has been a member of the BBC Trust since November 2006.[17][18] On 7 April 2011 the Queen approved Coyle's appointment as the Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation.[19]

Coyle praises the news coverage of the BBC, saying "I’ve always valued the BBC, not least as the best provider of news coverage in the world. Its impartiality and comprehensive coverage underpin its vital civic role."[20] However in 2009 she was critical of the BBC's programming, stating "Viewers are becoming increasingly cynical and disappointed by the programmes offered by the BBC and the UK’s other main TV channels." "Among the negative comments there are complaints about a lack of variety, too much soap or costume drama…disappointment about old series being brought back and a degree of cynicism over ‘rehashing’ and ripping off old ideas".[21]

Coyle was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours for services to economics.[22][23]

Political aide controversy[edit]

In February 2011 Coyle accepted an invitation to advise Labour's then shadow Business Secretary, John Denham. The BBC Trust's Head of Governance, Phil Harrold, suggested "this could potentially be a significant partisan political activity", before concluding that it was not, as the unpaid and non-party political role involved offering independent expert advice on competition policy.[citation needed] Philip Davies, a Conservative MP, stated that Coyle's appointment to the BBC Trust had been "an inappropriate choice".[24] Coyle's political allegiances were reported as "unknown" by The Guardian.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Diane Coyle with her husband Rory Cellan-Jones at Southerndown in May 2006

She is married to BBC News' Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. They have two sons and live in West Ealing, London.[26][27]

Published works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC boss in bias row as she takes second job advising Labour". Daily Mail (London). 2011-10-30. 
  2. ^ "Diane Coyle". Start the Week. 21 May 2012. BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01hw6g1. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  3. ^ Lewis, Kate (January 21, 2014). "Diane Coyle becomes Manchester Professor". Princeton University Press Blog. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.debretts.com/people/biographies/browse/c/21862/Diane+COYLE.aspx
  5. ^ a b Sex And Economics: An Interview With Cyber-Economist Diane Coyle
  6. ^ a b c UK Border Agency | Committee members' biographies
  7. ^ http://www.bnc.ox.ac.uk/downloads/brazen_notes/the_brazen_nose_2010.pdf
  8. ^ Coyle, Diane. "The dynamic behaviour of employment (wages, contracts, productivity, business cycle)". ProQuest. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "The dynamic behaviour of employment / by Diane Coyle". Harvard University Library HOLLIS. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ Coyle, Diane (1997). The Weightless World: Strategies for Managing the Digital Economy. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, p. xx. ISBN 978-0-262-03259-9.
  11. ^ Coyle, Diane (2011). The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy As If the Future Matters. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-14518-1.
  12. ^ Enlightenment Economics
  13. ^ John Hutton, champion of nuclear power, set to join EDF as adviser - Times Online
  14. ^ Goslett, Miles (2011-05-15). "The curious links between the BBC's new chairman Chris Patten and the ex-BP boss who interviewed him for the job". Daily Mail (London). 
  15. ^ 2011-2012 - School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy, The University of York
  16. ^ "Meet the presenters". BBC News. 2002-12-17. 
  17. ^ BBC Trust
  18. ^ Hutson, Graham; Siret, Mal (2002-11-06). "Diane Coyle". The Times (London). Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  19. ^ "New Chairman and Vice Chairman appointed to the BBC'". Prime Minister's Office. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  20. ^ BBC Trust - The Trustees - Diane Coyle, Vice Chairman
  21. ^ Khan, Urmee (2010-01-05). "BBC is leaving viewers 'cynical and disappointed'". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  22. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929. p. 9. 31 December 2008.
  23. ^ "New Year Honours List". London: The Telegraph. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2008. 
  24. ^ "BBC boss in bias row as she takes second job advising Labour". Daily Mail (London). 2011-10-30. 
  25. ^ Conlan, Tara (2011-03-02). "Diane Coyle leads race for BBC Trust vice-chair". The Guardian (London). 
  26. ^ Coyle, Diane (1996-02-19). "Netsurfing is child's play". The Independent (London). 
  27. ^ Ealing residents scoop New Year's Honours - Ealing Gazette

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