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Nick Butler is a visiting professor at King's College London and the founding chairman of the Kings Policy Institute. He chairs Promus Associates, The Sure Chill Company and Ridgeway Information Ltd. From 2007 to 2009 he was chairman of the Cambridge Centre for Energy Studies. He was a special adviser to the former British prime minister Gordon Brown from 2009 to 2010. He served as a non executive director of Cambridge Econometrics from 2010 to 2018. He was appointed in 2018 to the expert panel of advisers for The Faraday Institution, which works on the development of batteries and energy storage. Having served as a Member of the Strategic Advisory Council of the Norwegian state company Equinor (formerly Statoil), he is currently editor of the Energy Agenda for the Norwegian-based energy organisation ONS.
Butler was educated at Blackpool Grammar School, and graduated in economics from Trinity College, Cambridge. He joined British oil firm BP in 1977, ultimately becoming group vice-president for strategy and policy development from 2002 to 2006.
He is a vice president of the Fabian Society, having been chairman in 1987 and treasurer from 1982 to 2012. He is a former chairman of the Young Fabians. He was chairman of the Centre for European Reform, which he co-founded with David Miliband from 1994 to 2009, a member of the President's international advisory board at Yale University from 2007 to 2014, and a founder member of British American successor generation project. He was a parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party, standing for Lincoln in the 1992 and 1987 general elections.
He is a member of the advisory board of OMFIF – the organisation of Financial Institutions and Sovereign Wealth Funds. He served as non executive chairman of the energy technology business Agni Inc from 2008 until February 2009.
He is a vice-president of the Hay-on-Wye literary festival and a member and chairman of the executive committee of the Athenaeum.
He is married to Rosaleen Hughes, and has one daughter, Julia. They live in Clapham, South London.
- European Universities – Renaissance or Decay (with Richard Lambert, 2006)
- The International Grain Trade (1985)
- The IMF – Time for Reform (1982)
- Nick Butler at Judge Business School
- Cambridge Centre for Energy Studies at Judge Business School
- Nick Butler's blog at the Financial Times