Government Economist Arrives Next Week

Arriving on 9 September is the new Government Economist, Ian Smyth. Ian has entered a 2 year contract with St Helena Government and succeeds previous Government Economist, Owen James, who completed his contract earlier this year.

Ian brings to his new post a wealth of experience having previously worked as an Economist in three very different organisations; Inland Revenue, delivering economic impact assessments on budget measures, Essex County Council, where he was responsible for strategic planning and delivering closer integration between the corporate plan, budget and performance management, and more recently at the UK Financial Services Authority where he worked with the central economics team on major policy initiatives such as the Retail Distribution Review.

On Ian’s appointment, Director of Corporate Policy and Planning, Susan O’Bey said:

“We are looking forward to Ian joining us in the Corporate Policy and Planning Unit. His experience and advice will be invaluable during this crucial period as we work towards achieving sustainable economic growth as set out in the Sustainable Development Plan.”

Ian is very much looking forward to his new role and will be accompanied on Island by his wife and two children.

2 September 2013


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