Dame Kate Barker CBE Commissioner, Economist

Kate Barker is a business economist. At present she has a plural career, including as a non-executive director of Electra Private Equity plc, Taylor Wimpey plc and the Yorkshire Building Society. She was appointed as chairman of trustees for the British Coal Staff Superannuation Fund in 2014, is chairman of the Society of Business Economists and a non-executive board member at the Office for Budget Responsibility.

She is also chairman of the Society of Business Economists, and a trustee of the Essex Community Foundation.  

In 2013-14, she led a commission for the King’s Fund on the Future of Health and Social Care.  

Kate was a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) from 2001 until May 2010. During this period, she led two major policy reviews for Government, on housing supply – published in 2004, and on land use planning, published in 2006. In 2014, she published a short book: ‘Housing: Where’s the Plan?’

Prior to joining the MPC, she was Chief Economist at the CBI, joining after nine years with Ford of Europe in Brentwood.