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The Institute of Economic Affairs, the UK’s leading free-market think tank, today announces changes to its senior management team. 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.

Andy Mayer has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at the IEA. Andy joins the IEA after seven years as Head of Public Affairs, UK & Ireland at BASF plc. Andy has over 20 years of experience in strategic communications and the operations that support them in the business and think tank worlds. He will start in September.

Commenting on his appointment, Andy Mayer said:

“I am delighted to be joining the IEA as COO. The Institute has a long and proud history educating the public about the institutions of a free society. It attracts some of the brightest minds and sought-after talents in developing those ideas. It will be my job to help secure a successful future for free market ideas by ensuring they and the Institute are properly supported.”

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

“I have known Andy well for 25 years, his skills, experience and insight make him a hugely valuable addition to the IEA’s senior management team”

Stephanie Lis, Director of Communications, will be leaving the IEA, starting a new role as Special Adviser to Dominic Raab, the Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, next week.

The IEA will be announcing its changes to its communications team in due course.

Commenting on her departure, Stephanie Lis said: 

“It’s been an absolute privilege to work at an organisation as brilliant and important as the IEA. I am proud to have played a part in the IEA’s illustrious history, helping to make the case for free markets, free people and prosperity for all. I’m incredibly grateful to Mark and the whole team, past and present, and in my years there I have been simultaneously awestruck by intellectual debate and cheered to have made lifelong friends with wonderful people. I can look forward to my next challenge safe in the knowledge that the IEA will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Mark Littlewood said:

“Steph has done a simply sensational job of widening and deepening the IEA’s communications impact in the six years she has been with us. She will be sorely missed and a very tough act to follow. All of us the IEA have every confidence that she will be a tremendous success in her exciting new role and wish her the very best of luck for the future.”

Glynn Brailsford, the IEA’s Managing Director, takes on a range of new responsibilities including the expansion of IEA research across new and existing platforms, whilst also directing and establishing new events, initiatives and partnerships.

Christiana Stewart-Lockhart becomes Director of Education, Outreach & Programmes. Steve Davies, Head of Education joins her team.
Notes to editors: 

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

Note: Littlewood and Mayer worked together at the European Movement and the Pro-Euro Conservatives in the 1990s. Mayer is an Common Councillor of the City of London and supported Remain in the 2016 referendum.

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.



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