Rebalancing the UK economy

The Crook Public Service Fellowship Programme for 2019-20 includes projects that are centred around four key themes of the UK2070 Agenda for Action.

London Bridge at dusk

The Crook Fellowship Programme for 2019-20 includes projects that are centred around four key themes of the UK2070 Agenda for Action:

  • Greater devolution of powers and funding including creating four new super-regional economic development agencies.
  • Action to harness new technologies and strengthen local economies.
  • A spatial plan to guide the future development of the whole of the UK.
  • Long-term investment through a new National Renewal Fund to rebalance the economy over a 25-year period.

We are delighted to welcome our Fellows from across public policy.

Cohort members

Alistair Baldwin

Alistair Baldwin is a Senior Transport Planner with Newcastle City Council. He has a background in urban planning and transport and has been involved with multiple levels of Local Government. His project will explore issues of land value capture and the links with spatial planning and long-term investment, to rebalance the economy.  

Zoë Billingham 

Zoë Billingham is Head of Policy and Engagement at the Centre for Progressive Policy. She previously held roles at Lazard and as Economic Policy Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and at HM Treasury. Zoë’s project addresses the theme of greater devolution of powers and funding in the UK and will entail an analysis of its impacts on inequality. Addressing a key gap in evidence around the impacts of Mayoral combined authorities, she will seek to make concrete proposals as to what powers, accountabilities or funding should be devolved next. 

Read Zoë's report

Daniel Timms

Daniel Timms is a Senior Consultant with Metro Dynamics, a business whose mission is to provide strategic advice to those who lead, grow or invest in cities. This has given him experience working with local authorities, academic institutions, developers, and investors. His project focuses on using a range of data sources to understand economic vulnerability. This will help policymakers to build resilience in places to economic shocks, and inform the investment that is needed to underpin this, linked with UK2070 Commission proposals for a National Renewal Fund.

Read Daniel's report 

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