RSA announces new chief executive

Andy Haldane takes up the role after three decades at the Bank of England

The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has announced that Andy Haldane will be its next chief executive.

Haldane joins the charity from the Bank of England, where he has worked in a variety of roles since 1989, and most recently held the position of chief economist.

In 2009, he co-founded Pro Bono Economics, a charity that seeks to use economics to empower the social sector and to increase wellbeing for all in the UK.

Founded in 1754, the RSA seeks to “unite people and ideas to develop practical solutions to solve the challenges of our time”.

As chief executive, Haldane will lead the charity’s Future of Work programme, which seeks to make all work ‘good work’ in an era of technological change, and its Regenerative Futures programme, which will seek to embed sustainable industry practice in the UK.

He has previously worked with the RSA on projects including the Citizens’ Economic Council, which brought together experts and citizens to discuss economic issues following the Brexit vote.

Tim Eyles, chair of the RSA, said Haldane would “take the RSA’s ambitions forward and generate even greater societal impact, building on the strong legacy created by Matthew Taylor’s leadership over the last 15 years.”

“Andy’s extraordinary accomplishments – in his 30 years at the Bank of England, in economic policymaking and academia, in his commitment to people leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion, and in building bridges between experts and citizens, government, business and the third sector – all make him ideally placed to lead the RSA at this critical juncture,” said Eyles.

Commenting on the announcement, Haldane said the RSA’s role in tackling societal challenges had never been important.

“My conversations with the RSA’s trustees and staff have confirmed a shared sense that this is an historic moment for our societies, with new challenges from technology to longevity, from inequality to the environment,” he said.

“Meeting these new challenges will require new thinking, new policies and new partnerships between governments, industries and civil society, working in partnership.

“With its long and distinguished history of creative thinking, social innovation and civic participation, including through its Fellows, I believe the RSA is the institution best placed to tackle these challenges.”

Haldane added: “I am looking forward to working with trustees, staff, Fellows and partners to help write the next chapter in the RSA’s illustrious history, delivering the lasting change its role requires and our societies deserve.”

He succeeds Matthew Taylor CBE, who announced he would be stepping down from the RSA in December 2020.

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