Institute of Economic Affairs unveils changes to Board of Trustees

IEA announces changes to Board

The Institute of Economic Affairs, the UK’s leading free-market think tank, today announces a change to its board of trustees.

Michael Fisher, son of Sir Antony Fisher, the founder of the IEA, steps down as a trustee after 28 years. He is to be replaced by Robin Edwards with immediate effect. Robin is a Chartered Accountant and Fund Manager who for fifteen years managed one of Europe’s largest global macro funds.

Neil Record, Chairman of the IEA Board of Trustees, said:

“I would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution of Mike Fisher, a long-standing trustee of the IEA, who retires today. Mike has been a trustee since 1989, and has helped guide the IEA though several political and economic cycles, always providing thoughtful advice, and always with the best interests of the IEA uppermost in his mind.  Mike comes from a distinguished family – his father Sir Antony co-founded the IEA in 1955 – from whom he clearly inherited a belief in the power of markets to satisfy human needs, and an instinctive distrust of overbearing government. We will miss him.

“I am delighted to welcome Robin Edwards, who joins the IEA Board today.  Robin has had a long career in the City, co-founding and directing Sabre Fund Management for many years.  Robin is a Chartered Accountant; a former Chairman of Queens Club and a former Trustee of Policy Exchange.”

Commenting on his appointment to the Board, Robin Edwards said:

“I recently worked closely with the team at the IEA on the Tax and Growth project and got to know and admire the high level research capabilities and excellent communication skills the organisation possesses. I am therefore honoured to have been asked to become a Trustee and look forward to helping take the research output to a wider audience.”

Commenting on his standing down from the IEA Board, Mike Fisher said:

“I take this step with a heavy heart because it has been a serious privilege, and a huge honour, to be part of the Institute over these past years.

“The team is at the top of its game and in excellent form both at trustee and executive level so leaving poses no worries. I have never known things this good at the IEA, so I leave at a high point and with a sincere belief that matters can only get better. I can look forward to lower taxes, greater freedoms, and less government with some hope.”

Notes to editors:

A full list of current IEA trustees is available here.

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Robin Edwards is a Chartered Accountant and Fund Manager who for fifteen years managed one of Europe’s largest global macro funds. More recently he has become involved as a director and shareholder in several businesses which benefit from his commercial and financial background.

Prior to entering the fund management industry Robin practised as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen LLC in London and as a management consultant in Australia. He is a former founder Trustee of Policy Exchange and recently stepped down as chairman of The Queen’s Club where he remains a Trustee.

Mike Fisher has been a managing trustee of the IEA since 1989. He formerly worked at Land Rover Whale Tankers – a manufacturing company – as Founder Managing Director and latterly as Chairman of Whale Tankers until 2001.

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.

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

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