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The Institute of Economic Affairs, the UK’s leading free-market think tank, today announces changes to its communications, digital and public affairs teams. The IEA seeks to promote the role of markets in solving economic and social problems, aiming to change the climate of opinion over the long term.

Kate Andrews has been appointed Associate Director at the IEA.

This role will oversee the IEA’s newly launched Media Centre, which merges the IEA’s communications, digital outreach, and public affairs into one department. The Media Centre will also incorporate the FREER initiative, which involves parliamentary supporters in promoting a freer economy and a freer society.

Kate has worked for the IEA as News Editor for the past two and a half years, and previously worked at the Adam Smith Institute as Head of Communications.

Commenting on her appointment, Kate Andrews said:

“The Institute of Economic Affairs has a remarkable history of defending free markets and free people in the UK. It has been a privilege to work as the Institute’s News Editor for the past two and a half years, and I’m thrilled to continue to make the case for liberty by overseeing its communications, public affairs, and digital output.”

Mark Littlewood, the IEA’s Director General, said:

“I’m thrilled that Kate has agreed to become the IEA’s Associate Director. Kate has become a leading public figure across the nation’s media as one of the most articulate proponents of free markets. She has also overseen a revolution in the IEA’s social media and online output. With her new role heading up the IEA’s Media Centre, I have supreme confidence that her stellar profile – as well as that of the Institute – will continue to zoom upwards.

Nerissa Chesterfield becomes Head of Communications at the IEA.

Nerissa has worked as Communications Officer for almost three years, and previously worked as Development Manager at Vote Leave and before that, at Business for Britain.

Commenting on her appointment, Nerissa Chesterfield said:

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to really build on all that I have learnt over the past three years, and look forward to taking the IEA’s communications output from strength to strength.”

Mark Littlewood said:

“Nerissa has been fundamental to sustaining and growing the IEA’s media coverage over recent years. In her new role as Head of Communications, she will be our lynchpin of advancing the free market cause throughout the UK’s print and broadcast media. Nerissa has shown great flair in communicating the IEA’s research and analysis to millions of readers and listeners and will be a great success in her new role.”

Notes to editors: 

For media enquiries please contact Nerissa Chesterfield, Head of Communications: [email protected] 020 7799 8920 or 07791 390 268

Both Kate and Nerissa start in their new roles immediately.

Andy Mayer starts at the IEA today as Chief Operating Officer. Details here.

A full list of current IEA staff is available here.

The mission of the Institute of Economic Affairs is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems and seeks to provide analysis in order to improve the public understanding of economics.

The IEA is a registered educational charity and independent of all political parties.