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Julia Grant to be new CEO of Pro Bono Economics

Julia Grant to be new CEO of Pro Bono Economics

Julia Grant has been appointed the new Chief Executive at  Economics, the charity that matches highly skilled economist volunteers with charities and social enterprises. 

She joins from Impetus Private Equity Foundation where she was CEO, and takes up her new role in April.

She has over 10 years experience as a charity CEO. She joined Impetus-PEF in 2011 as Portfolio Manager, and has been acting CEO since 2015. Before that she was CEO of the National Gardens Scheme from 2004 to 2010, following five years as CEO at Surrey Community Action from 1999 to 2004.

She has served on the Learning and Skills Council and is currently a member of the Arts and Humanities Funding Council (both ministerial appointments). She also sits on the Advisory Boards of Big Society Capital and Ashoka UK.

Grant said on her appointment:

“The challenge of how best to use scarce resources is the pressing concern of our day and for the charity sector the issue is particularly acute. Pro Bono Economics’ work at the heart of this issue is widely respected and I am excited to be leading them through a new period of growth.”

Andy Haldane, PBE trustee and co-founder, welcomed her appointment, saying:

Pro Bono Economics is about to embark on an ambitious new strategy, deepening our support to charities and widening our policy horizons.  We needed a top-quality CEO to deliver this change programme. I am delighted to say that, in Julia, we have found one”.


About Pro Bono Economics

Pro Bono Economics (PBE) matches volunteer economists with charities who need their expertise. It was established in 2009 by Martin Brookes (Tomorrow’s People) and Andy Haldane (Bank of England). It has been approached by over 200 charities and has more than 400 economist volunteers on its books.

Its work to date has ranged from the costs of reoffending to the impact on society of adult innumeracy, and from the financial burden to the UK of eating disorders to economic analysis on homelessness and the housing crisis.

PBE is supported by high-profile economists, including the Chief Economist at the Bank of England, Andy Haldane, and the Chief Economist at HM Treasury, Dave Ramsden as trustees, and Kate Barker, Jim O’Neill, Gus O’Donnell, Robert Peston, Martin Wolf and Adair Turner as patrons.


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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