Meet the team

In a small and inclusive company like ours, we strive to ensure everyone has opportunities to engage in interesting research and contribute towards delivering our evidence-based analysis to clients. Here’s a cross-section of our staff, to give you a flavour of our people, culture and capabilities.

Working here you feel part of a family. From day one you work with and learn from people at all levels. It’s easy when you’re surrounded by hardworking, supportive and fun people! We may be a small company, but we do meaningful, far-reaching work around the world.

Shyamoli Patel Project Manager

Joined CE: 2012

Qualifications: BSc Economics (University College London), MSc Economics (University of Warwick)

Experience: I work on the maintenance, development and application of our subnational models. We evaluate development strategies for local, regional and national organisations and do forecasting and scenario analysis for policy evaluation.

We’re always developing our techniques and seeking new ideas to inform our analysis. Thanks to our supportive environment I’ve learned so much and applied it to solve interesting problems. The quality and impact of what we do means I’m really proud to work here.

Jamie Pirie Senior Economist

Joined CE: 2011 (placement), 2013 (permanent)

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Economics (University of Bath)

Experience: General focus on economic modelling and data visualisation applied to a variety of topics. Notable areas include: labour market & skills analysis, and energy and environment.

Every day I have the opportunity to work with bright and intelligent people on some of the most pressing issues facing society, from gender equality to climate change; infrastructure choices to tackling unemployment.

Philip Summerton Managing Director

Joined CE: 2003 (placement), 2006 (permanent)

Qualifications: BSc Economics (University of Bath), MSc Sustainable Development (University of London (jointly awarded by Imperial College London and SOAS))

Experience: I’ve led many interesting projects all over the world, looking into the implications of climate and energy policy and covering energy sector investment, transport, industry and housing.

CE does not fit the standard definition of a company. It’s a group of economists who enjoy identifying the story that emerges from masses of numbers, to help our clients make sense of complicated ideas. One of my favourite things is that the learning and collaboration never stops.

Ha Bui Economist

Joined CE: 2014 (placement), 2016 (permanent)

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Economics (University of Bath)

Experience: I worked on a range of UK/EU regional and subnational projects during my undergraduate placement at CE. Since returning, I have contributed to CE’s UK subnational models and expanded my knowledge in economic analysis, programming and modelling.

The company enables in-depth objective modelling and analysis to really flourish. We address some huge long-term policy issues that cut across many disciplines. I enjoy the challenge of interpreting clients’ questions and finding the best empirical method to tackle them.

Richard Lewney Chairman

Joined CE: 1988

Qualifications: First class degree in Economics from Cambridge University. Fulbright Scholar for Master’s at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Experience: I’ve worked across many policy domains, ranging from energy-economy-environment through local and regional economic development to labour, employment and skills development.

Everyone here is passionate about the work that they do. From our small office in the backstreets of Cambridge, we work to tackle global policy issues and place key information into the hands of people who can use it to great effect.

Sophie Billington Project Manager

Joined CE: 2011

Qualifications: BSc Economics and Econometrics (University of Bristol)

Experience: The majority of my work focuses on assessing the economic impacts of energy and climate change policy and I have recently contributed to two award-winning reports in this field. I have also had the opportunity to manage projects covering a range of labour market policy issues, from gender equality to work-life balance.

We strive to do work that we are proud of. By encouraging individual responsibility, we help our colleagues develop skills and gain practical experience. Clients tell me our analysis gives them confidence to make informed strategic decisions.

Rachel Beaven Director

Joined CE: 1991 (placement), 1993 (permanent)

Qualifications: BSc Economics with Econometrics (University of Bath)

Experience: Analysis of the labour market, education and skills. I’m interested in how economic change shapes people’s jobs, and the benefits to investing in education and training.  I develop quantitative forecasts of the future nature and scale of jobs in Europe.

CE is an incredibly friendly, inclusive and intellectually stimulating place to work. It’s great that everyone at all levels is welcome to contribute their ideas. It’s a very collaborative environment.

Michael Lee Senior Economist

Joined CE: 2014

Qualifications: BA(Hons) History (University of Oxford), Postgraduate Diploma in Economics (University of Bristol), MSc Economics and Econometrics (University of Bristol)

Experience: I specialise in sectoral analyses and the UK economy.  I have worked on a report for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a forecasting model for the British Chambers of Commerce and analysing the GDP impact of space activities for the European Commission (DG Grow).