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IFS, University of Oxford

Ben Waltmann

Ben is a Research Economist in the Education and Skills sector and a PhD student at the University of Oxford. His main research areas are the returns to education, higher education funding, the transition from school to work, and the estimation of dynamic discrete choice models.

Queen’s University Belfast

Rebecca Walton

Rebecca is a pre-doctoral research assistant at Queen’s University Belfast, where she works at the Centre for Economics, Policy and History (CEPH). She has been awarded NINE DTP funding and will begin her PhD studies in October 2024. Rebecca is interested in the impact of regulation and public policy on social welfare, with a focus on the role and treatment of women. Rebecca uses economic history to learn lessons from the past with an eye to the future.

Lloyds Banking Group

Alex Ward

Alex is a Senior Payments Design Lead at Lloyds Banking Group, with 15 years working for Britain’s largest Retail Bank. His experience is in Product Management, Risk Management, Business Analysis, Strategic Planning and Business Architecture. Specialist areas include Domestic Payments (Faster Payments, BACS, CHAPS, Cheques and Cash), International Payments (TARGET2, Sepa and correspondent banking) and Commercial Cards.

University of East Anglia

Neil Ward

Neil Ward is Professor of Rural & Regional Development at UEA.  He was formerly UEA’s Deputy Vice Chancellor and is co-convenor of UKRI’s AFN Network+ which supports the development of a sustainable UK agri-food system for the transition to net zero by 2050. He was Director of Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy (2004-08) and has worked extensively on rural economy, land use, food and environment.  He is author of Net Zero, Food & Farming Climate Change and the UK

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Max Warner

Max is a Research Economist in the Healthcare Sector at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. His recent work has examined the effects of Covid-19 on the NHS.


Ross Warwick

Ross joined the IFS in 2016 and works in the Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries. This centre combines research and in-country capacity building on tax and benefit policy and administration in a number of developing countries around the world.