Anthony Browne (UK politics)

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Anthony Browne (born 19 January 1967) has been head of the British Bankers Association since September 2012, replacing Angela Knight.



Browne began his career as a journalist. He was business reporter and economics correspondent for the BBC; economics correspondent, health editor and environment correspondent for the Observer newspaper; and environment editor, Europe correspondent, and chief political correspondent for The Times. When Europe correspondent for the Times, he covered the enlargement of the EU to Eastern Europe, and the appointment of Peter Mandelson as European Commissioner. He also reported for the Times from Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and has been a regular contributor to the Spectator magazine and the Daily Mail.

A special report Browne authored for The Observer in 2000, titled "The Last Days of a White World", claimed that non-whites will be a majority in the United States and Great Britain by 2050, and compared the fate of white Britons to that of Native Americans, who "used to have the lands to themselves but are now less than 1 per cent of the US population, with little chance of becoming a majority again."[1]

Browne writes regularly for City AM.[2]

Think tanks[edit]

Browne was Director of Policy Exchange, the largest centre-right think tank in the UK, where he succeeded the founding director Nick Boles. He ran Policy Exchange for eighteen months, during which time it doubled in size, but attracted criticism that it came too close to Conservative leader David Cameron.[3]

Browne has written and contributed to various publications, including a book on whether Britain should join the European single currency, which entered the Sunday Times best-seller list; a pamphlet published by Civitas: The Institute for the Study of Civil Society discussing mass immigration which won Prospect magazine's think tank publication of the year award in 2003; and a Joseph Rowntree Foundation book on social evils. He is on the advisory board of the New Culture Forum,[4] and the think tank ResPublica.


Browne was Policy Director for Economic Development for Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London,[5] in charge of economic and business policy for London, sitting on the board of the London Development Agency,[6] and as an observer on the boards of the London Skills and Employment Board, and theCityUK, which represents UK financial services. He was also chairman of the Mayor's Digital Advisory Board.


After working for Boris Johnson, Browne became Morgan Stanley's head of government relations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.[7]

On 1 September 2012 he left Morgan Stanley to become head of the British Bankers Association.

Major publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Who is Anthony Browne, new head of the British Bankers' Association?". New Statesman. 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
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  3. ^ Anthony Browne leaves Policy Exchange to become Boris Johnson's Policy Director ConservativeHome
  4. ^ New Culture Forum advisory committee Archived July 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Mayor of London website mayoral appointments Archived June 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ London Development Agency board members Archived July 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Appointment of Anthony Browne as Chief Executive of the British Bankers' Association". British Bankers' Association. 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2012-07-04.