Tony leads the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing programme at the RSA. He is a chartered accountant and former investment banker with experience both in business and in the NGO sector, and is a regular media commentator on economic issues, in particular banking and finance.
He was previously Head of Finance and Business at the New Economics Foundation and is author and co-author of many books and reports on economic reform including best-selling economic textbook, Where Does Money Come From? A guide to the UK monetary and banking system, a report on local economic development, People Powered Prosperity: Ultra-local approaches to making poorer places wealthier and a 2013 proposal for using QE for investment in public infrastructure – Strategic Quantitative Easing: Public money for public benefit.
He was a member of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund advisory panel, and currently acts as an external advisor on sustainability to Alliance Trust Investments and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also a Trustee of Transition Network, a global grassroots movement for social and environmental change and is an alumni of Oxford University and the London School of Economics.