Linda Edwards – Chairman of the IEA Board of Trustees
Our founders, Sir Antony Fisher and Oliver Smedley, established the IEA amidst Keynesian economic dominance, advocating for a liberal economic worldview at a time when it was not fashionable. Their ethos of reduced state intervention and faith in free markets underpin the IEA’s continued mission. The IEA engages in original economic research, introduces classical liberal economics to students, collaborates with free market think tanks across the globe, and contributes to the public discourse on economic policies.
In the 1980s, the IEA’s championing of deregulation, privatisation, and tax cuts fuelled the UK’s shift from economic decline to rapid growth. As we face the current economic landscape, characterised by low growth and high inflation, the role of the IEA is as crucial as ever. We remain committed to enlightening the public on the benefits of competitive markets, lower taxes, cutting red tape, and minimal state control, principles fundamental to a resilient economy and a free society.
As Chairman, I will strive to enable the invaluable work of the dedicated IEA staff. My predecessor, Neil Record, leaves an inspiring legacy of strategic leadership, scholarly contributions, and expansion of the Institute’s impact. He led the IEA to make significant contributions in the marketplace of ideas, and we are grateful. The IEA looks forward to maintaining our strong ties with Neil as a supporter and a scholar. I am also privileged to work alongside a group of committed trustees, a blend of respected academics and accomplished business figures, each contributing their expertise to our shared goals.
Together, we will continue to advocate for the transformative power of free market principles in our ongoing quest for prosperity and economic liberty. I am excited about the future and the positive impact that the IEA will continue to make in the years and decades to come. I hope you will continue to support us by engaging with the scholarship the IEA produces, attending events we host, following our academics and spokespeople on media, and donating to fund the cost of our operations. I look forward to seeing you soon at an IEA event.