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Ian Brinkley

 Ian Brinkley
Director of Socio-economic programmes, the Work Foundation.

Ian joined the Work Foundation in June 2006. He oversees the Knowledge Economy, Ideopolis and Creative Industries programmes.

Ian previously worked at the Trades Union Congress between 1980 and 2006. He was Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the TUC from 2004 to 2006 and TUC Chief Economist from 1996 to 2006.

Prior to 1980 he worked as a researcher at the University of Kent and the Centre for Environmental Studies.

He has been a member of the Low Pay Commission, the body that sets the UK’s National Minimum Wage (NMW) from 2004 to 2006.

He has worked in a wide range of economic and industrial policy and research areas, including economic policy, public spending and public service reform, labour markets, energy and the environment and manufacturing policy and produced numerous submissions to government and analytical papers.

He regularly provides economic and labour market commentary, interviews and articles for The Work Foundation.


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