The Economic Change Unit is a non-profit organisation that supports the efforts of those seeking to build fairer, more sustainable and more resilient economies.

For over a decade, the world has been experiencing a range of inter-related crises. Financial instability, widening inequalities and climate and environmental breakdown have been brought into sharper focus by the global coronavirus pandemic. 

There is now a growing consensus among a broad range of people that fundamental changes are needed to our economic model.

ECU works with a wide variety of individuals and groups – including policymakers, business and civil society leaders, academics, campaigners, journalists and opinion formers – to increase understanding of new economic ideas and to promote economic change. 

What we do
Education
We develop resources to promote understanding of the ideas, policies and practices through which fairer, more sustainable and more resilient economies can be built. 
Analysis
We identify political and practical opportunities for economic reform and explore with others how the barriers to achieving change can be overcome.
Convening
We help connect people and organisations from a variety of sectors and perspectives who are involved and interested in promoting wider understanding of new economic ideas and in working for change.
New economy brief

Our website New Economy Brief (NewEconomyBrief.net) provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for ideas, analysis and policy proposals on how we can build a fair, sustainable and resilient economy in the wake of the Covid crisis. It brings together in one place work from a wide variety of credible sources, including think tanks, research institutes, international institutions, trade unions, business groups, and civil society organisations and campaigns. We publish a weekly Digest of the latest news and analysis, sent free to subscribers.

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TEAM
Anna Fielding
Chair

Anna is a specialist in economic systems change and leadership for social and environmental justice. From 2015-20 she was CEO of the Finance Innovation Lab, a pioneering charity seeking to build a financial system that serves people and planet. She has worked in strategy, communications, research and impact assessment in a variety of sectors, including sustainable finance, academia, international development, campaigning and community development. She is a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation, a Co-optee at the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Senior Associate at Cohere Partners, an Associate of the Institute for Social Banking, and a Fellow of the RSA. She has previously served as a Trustee of the Just Finance Foundation and New Economy Organisers Network, and as an Associate of the St Paul’s Institute. Anna is also a leadership coach, trained in organisation and relationship systems coaching. 

Sarah-Jayne Clifton
Executive Director

Sarah joined ECU in March 2021. She was formerly Director of Jubilee Debt Campaign, a UK charity working to stop debt causing poverty and inequality in the UK and globally. Before that, she led policy development, campaigns and coalition-building on climate change, corporate accountability and trade for Friends of the Earth UK and Friends of the Earth International. She has a BA in geography from the University of Oxford and a Masters in international politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is a founding board member of Tax Justice UK, and a trustee of Transparency International and the Barry Amiel Norman Melburn Trust.

Michael Jacobs
Co-founder and Senior Adviser

Michael Jacobs is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sheffield. He was formerly a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Treasury, and from 2007–2010 Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He has also been general secretary of the Fabian Society, managing director of economic and environmental consultancy CAG Consultants, and co-editor of The Political Quarterly. He was a founder and senior adviser to the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and Director of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice. His books include The Green Economy: Environment, Sustainable Development and the Politics of the Future (Pluto Press, 1991), Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (edited with Mariana Mazzucato, Wiley Blackwell 2016) and Prosperity and Justice: A Plan for the New Economy (the final report of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice, IPPR / Polity, 2018).

Peter Stimpson
Head of Finance and Operations

Pete joined ECU in October 2021. He was formerly Director of Finance & Operations at Earthwatch Europe, a charity connecting people and the natural world by engaging the public in research. He previously held a similar role for Plunkett Foundation, a community ownership organisation, and has worked in finance teams around the world. He trained as an accountant in the private sector and has been a qualified management accountant since 2008. Pete is also Treasurer of Sumatran Orangutan Society.

Tom Railton
Head of External Affairs and Programmes

Tom is a public affairs and communications specialist. He joined ECU in November 2021. Previously he worked as Senior Public Affairs Officer for the trade union Prospect, where he led their political and influencing work. Tom worked in Parliament for over five years for a number of MPs as a researcher, policy advisor and speechwriter. Originally from Warwickshire, Tom holds a BA in History from the University of Cambridge and an MSC in Democracy and Comparative Politics from UCL.

Natasha Yorke-Edgell
Head of Movement Building

Natasha is a facilitator, campaigner and coalition-builder. She joined ECU in January 2022. She was formerly Head of Campaigning at the RSPB and Head of Movement Building at The Climate Coalition. She has led a number of cross-sector campaigns on nature and climate, with a particular focus on building relationships and ways of working across movements and coalitions, including in the lead up to COP26. Originally from Norfolk but wishing she was Welsh, she has a BA Hons in Philosophy and Literature from Exeter University, and worked a year in industry at a major Dutch tech company.

Megan Davies
Policy and Programme Lead

Megan joined ECU in November 2021. She has a background in public affairs, policy and campaigning. Previously she worked as Head of Political Engagement for Drive Forward Foundation, leading campaigns on improving conditions for young people leaving the care system. Prior to this, she worked in Parliament for several MPs as a researcher. Megan is originally from Leeds and holds a BSc in Sociology from the University of Bristol. She is in the process of completing an MSc in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Birkbeck, University of London.

George Edwards
Programme Officer

George became Programme Officer at ECU in January 2021, having originally joined as an intern. George previously worked as a researcher for the Centre for Local Economic Strategies. Originally from the Wirral on Merseyside, George holds a first class BA in philosophy, politics and economics and an MA in social and political thought, both from the University of Leeds.

STEERING GROUP
Funding
Our funding comes from charitable foundations. We are grateful for support from the Friends Provident Foundation, the Omidyar Network, Partners for a New Economy, and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Contact

To get in touch, contact us on info@econchange.org.