Advisory board

During this large scale study, our team is advised and guided by an advisory board made up of leading scholars and professionals in the field.

Advisory board members

Stephen Aldridge

Stephen Aldridge is Director for Analysis and Data at the Department for Communities and Local Government. A government economist by background, he was previously Chief Economist and then Director of the Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office. He has been chair of the cross-Whitehall analysts’ group on public sector efficiency, set up by the Government Economic Service, since the beginning of 2014.

Anita Charlesworth

Anita Charlesworth is the Director of Research and Economics at the Health Foundation, and Honorary Professor in the College of Social Sciences at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham. Before joining the Health Foundation in May 2014, Anita was Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust (2010-14) where she led the Trust’s work on health care financing and market mechanisms.

Matteo Galizzi

Matteo Galizzi is Assistant Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE. He is affiliated to the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE Health and Social Care, and the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health. Matteo is an experimental and behavioural economist conducting randomised controlled experiments in health between the lab and the field.

Karen Hancock

Karen Hancock is a life-long economist and runner, who has turned to biking up mountains: a long-running economist. Karen is experienced in leading and managing multi-disciplinary analytical teams; applying economic analysis to a wide range of social policy issues.

Richard Harries

Richard Harries is Director of the Power to Change Research Institute. He was previously a senior civil servant and deputy director of the independent think tank Reform. Richard has extensive public policy and research experience. He is a member of the Advisory Councils of Volunteering Matters and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and a Visiting Senior Fellow at St. Mary’s University.

Carol Propper

Carol Propper is a Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School in the Organisation and Management Group. Carol's research interests focus on the impact of incentives on the quality of health care delivery and health system productivity and, more widely, on the design and consequences of incentives within the public sector and the boundary between the state and private markets. In 2010 Carol was awarded a CBE for her services to social science. The accolade recognises Carol’s research into public economics and the economics of health care.

Hans Pung

Hans Pung is president of RAND Europe, a not-for-profit public policy research organisation that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. With offices in Cambridge (UK), and Brussels (BE), RAND’s staff undertakes empirical studies for public, private, and third sector clients on a diverse range of policy issues including innovation, science, health, social policy, defence, home affairs, and infrastructure.

Neil Rickman

Neil Rickman is Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey. Neil's research interests are in bargaining theory, principal-agent theory and the theory of regulation. He is particularly interested in applying these tools to the regulation of legal and health services. He has worked on NHS contracts, medical negligence, legal aid reform, contingent fees for legal services, legal expenses insurance, litigation, regulation of prices and investment and telecommunications market structure.