Dr. Gerard Lyons
Gerard Lyons is one of the UK's leading economists who is widely respected for his understanding of macro-economic trends and the accuracy of his forecasting. He is the former Chief Economist and Group Head of Global Research at Standard Chartered Bank. He also advised on local, national and international economic issues for Boris Johnson whilst he was Mayor of London.
Previous to his appointment at Standard Chartered, Gerard served as Chief Economist and Executive Director at DKB International, as Chief UK Economist at the Swiss Bank Corporation and Chief Economist at UK stockbroker Savory Milln.
Gerard now marries his extensive knowledge of the economy and markets with a first-hand insight into policy making and a view of how the UK cannot just recover, but thrive. He speaks about all aspects of the domestic and global economy - where we are, where we're going, where we might go - with an engaging, original style. Using catchy summaries such as 32, 62, 72 (the amount in trillions that the global cash economy was worth at the turn of the century, when Lehman's crashed, and today) to look at global trends, and analogies including fairytales, superheroes and Gangnam style to understand Asian economic development.
Whilst broadly optimistic about the outlook Gerard believes in a balance between austerity and promoting growth though capital investment in infrastructure. He says it is essential to improve consumer confidence, not just market confidence. Furthermore, government must make concerted efforts to encourage businesses to lend and invest, and to improve relations with both the developing economies. He is also critical of the ‘weak' pound strategy pursued to encourage exports when most UK exports are of quality, high-end goods and services.
Gerard now serves as an economist at wealth management company Netwealth, as Economic Advisor at the Policy Exchange think-tank and the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, and as an Independent non-executive Director at the Bank of China. Attending quarterly Board meeting, plus a Chair of the Renumeration Committee and member of the Risk Committee. On Advisory Board of financial consultants since 2014 at Parker Fitzgerald, on Advisory Board of The Grantham Institute on climate change and the environment at the London School of Economics & Imperial College since 2018 and Advisory Board of Warwick Business School since 2014. He regularly appears in the media, often writing in the Telegraph and The Times, and was a leading pro-Brexit economic voice. He has testified before the House of Lords Select Committee on the Bank of England and was a member of the Commission that examined the economic consequences if Britain retained the pound.