Kate Barker

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Kate Barker
Member of the Monetary Policy Committee
In office
June 2001 – May 2010
Governor Sir Edward George (2001-2003), Mervyn King (2003-present)
Personal details
Born Katharine Mary Barker
Alma mater St Hilda's College, Oxford
Profession Economist, academic

Dame Katharine Mary Barker DBE FAcSS[1] (born 1957), generally known as Kate Barker, is a British economist. She is principally noted for her roles at the Bank of England and for advising the British government on social issues such as housing and health care.

Early career[edit]

Barker grew up in Stoke-on-Trent. She received a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Hilda's College, Oxford, in 1979 and worked for a large pension fund in London. She was a Research Officer at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (1981–85) and was then the Chief European Economist at the Ford Motor Company in Brentwood (1985–94). From 1994-2001 she was Chief Economic Adviser at the CBI. She was also a member of the HM Treasury's Panel of Independent Economic Advisers 1996-97; and a non-executive Director of the Yorkshire Building Society (1999-April 2001).[2]

Barker was appointed as an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England with effect from 1 June 2001. The MPC is responsible for setting interest rates to meet the Government's inflation target. She is the first external MPC member to have been appointed for three terms, the latest of which ended on 31 May 2010. She was not eligible for a fourth term. She was appointed as one of two non-executive members of the UK government's Office for Budget Responsibility in June 2011.[2]

Housing and other government work[edit]

Barker was appointed by the Government in April 2003 to conduct an independent Review of UK Housing Supply; leading to a final report in March 2004. The Government’s full response to this review was published in December 2005. In October 2005 she was appointed a Board Member of the Housing Corporation, and from 2008 to 2011 of one of its successor bodies, the Homes and Communities Agency. In December 2005, she was asked to conduct an independent Review of Land Use Planning, and she reported on 5 December 2006.

Barker was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to social housing in 2006 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to the economy.[3] She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, Chair of the Northern Ireland Economic Advisory Group, and a trustee of the Essex Community Foundation.

Her book, Housing: Where's the Plan was published in September 2014 by London Publishing Partnership, in their Perspectives series.

In 2014 she chaired a Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England for the King's Fund, which delivered its final report in September.[4] She also led a quality review for the Office for National Statistics during 2014.[5]

Board memberships[edit]

Barker chairs the advisory board for the Spatial Economics Research Centre at the London School of Economics (LSE) and is a member of the advisory board of LSE's Centre for Economic Policy. She became Chair of the advisory board for the Centre for Business Research at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, in October 2012. She is a senior visiting fellow in the Department of Land Economy at Cambridge. She was also a Governor at Anglia Ruskin University from 2000–10, and Chair of Governors 2007-2010; in October 2011, the university awarded her an honorary doctorate.[citation needed]

She is a non-executive director on the boards of Taylor Wimpey, Electra Private Equity plc, and the Yorkshire Building Society. She is a Senior Adviser to Credit Suisse. Previously an independent member of the Football Regulatory Authority of the Football Association, she is a Stoke City F.C. fan.[6]

She has been Chair of the Society of Business Economists since 2013. In March 2014 she was appointed a member of the Fiscal Policy Panel of the States of Jersey.

In September 2014 Dame Kate Barker became Chair of the Trustees of the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme.[2]


External links[edit]

  • Profile, opencorporates.com; accessed 14 June 2014.