Warwick Economics and Development

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Who we are

Georgia Siora

Georgia is an experienced economist with 25 years of international experience and proven management and directorship skills within global consultancy businesses and the City of London. She has delivered numerous projects and has worked as a trusted advisor for central and local government, higher education institutions and research councils and corporate organisations in the UK and overseas in high profile economic development and business initiatives, delivering outstanding results and bespoke and thoughtful recommendations. Georgia holds a MA in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management from the University of Warwick and an MSc in Economics from the University of York.

Andrew Ledger

Principal Consultant at WECD. Andrew 20 years experience in the public sector working for BEIS, DfE and DfT. Andrew has managed multi-disciplinary teams and complex projects with large budgets and complicated governance and has a wide-ranging set of analytical and interpersonal skills. He has developed and reported against headline Government targets, run large-scale surveys and research projects and presented to numerous high level groups, both nationally and internationally. Andrew has an MSc in Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics. He is currently working on the WECD Spatial Housing and Employment Projections Model.

Davin Parrott

Principal Consultant at WECD. Davin’s has 15 years experience in economic development and his specialisms include economic impact assessments, appraisals and evaluation, labour market assessments, skills and employment forecasting and employment land reviews. He has considerable experience in using various software for statistical analysis and particular expertise in spatial econometric analysis using both maximum likelihood and two-stage least squares estimation. Davin has an MSc from London School of Economics and a MA from the University at Buffalo, State University New York.

Julie Farrell

Senior Consultant at WECD. Julie has fifteen years of experience of applied research and evaluation in a consultancy environment working across a range of policy areas including: education, learning and skills, employment and employability, and social inclusion. Julie has worked for a range of clients, from sub-regional organisations (Local Authorities, Third Sector); to national bodies (Skills Funding Agency, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Big Lottery Fund) and government (Department for Education, Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, Welsh Assembly); and, the European Commission. Julie has a BA (HONS) in Social Policy from the University of Nottingham. Julie is currently working on the Evaluation of the Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund.

Mirza Harun Baig

Researcher/Analyst at WECD. Harun is proficient in construction of databases and quantitative analysis and has worked on a diverse range of projects with WECD in a range of policy areas mainly in science and innovation and higher education. Harun started his career with WECD in 2012 and holds a BSc in Mathematics from Coventry University.

Hannah Pratt

Research Consultant at WECD. Hannah joined WECD in September 2016 after completing her BSc at the University of Birmingham. Hannah is an adept researcher with a keen analytical mind. She has been involved in several projects including research for the Lancashire Growth Deal and the Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund.

Our projects teams are also strengthened by two long-term associates and colleagues:
Peter Milway

Peter is an Associate at WECD and an experienced economist and accomplished project manager with 17 years professional experience delivering economic research projects across the UK. Peter’s key areas of expertise include sector research and analysis, impact assessments forecasting/scenario development and project evaluation. Peter holds a BSc in Economic Policy from the University of Stirling.

Donald Webb

Donald is an economist with 20 years of experience. He is an Associate of WECD and a Director of Brookdale Consulting, which specialises in measuring the impact of science investments on the economy. Donald holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Edinburgh Napier University and BSc (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh.