Kitty joined the Institute of Directors as Chief Economist in September 2021. She is a UK macroeconomist and public policy research professional, and was most recently Chief Economic Advisor at the cross-party think-tank Demos.
A former MP for Burnley, her government experience includes serving as Economic Secretary to the Treasury during the early phase of the financial crisis (2007-08) and also as a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions (2008-09). Previously she was a special adviser at the Department for Trade and Industry, and a local government councillor in Lambeth.
Since stepping back from active politics in 2010, she has devised and delivered public policy thought leadership research projects both through Demos and her own company Tooley Street Research.
From 2017-19 she undertook a sabbatical teaching maths in inner-city schools on the Now Teach scheme established by the FT journalist Lucy Kellaway.
She holds a degree in Politics and Economics (PPE) from Balliol College Oxford and an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College London. In her early career she worked as a macroeconomic forecaster at the Economist Intelligence Unit.
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