About

Catherine Connolly is the founder of economicsense, a specialist economics training provider. Catherine is also on the Council of the Society of Professional Economists, and teaches policy economics at Leeds University.

Since establishing economicsense in 2018, Catherine has taught hundreds of professionals in government ministries, corporates and regulators across the UK, delivering both online and in direct training sessions. Catherine has also provided technical assistance to international economic institutions.

Prior to setting up economicsense, Catherine was in the British Civil Service where she was a member of the Government Economic Service and the Senior Civil Service. She worked at HM Treasury, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and at the former Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). She has also worked for Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, the New Zealand Treasury and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. In these roles Catherine worked on a wide range of economic topics covering macroeconomic forecasting, globalisation, monetary policy and cost-benefit analysis, the latter including working on the 2018 edition of HM Treasury’s Green Book.

Catherine studied at Otago University in New Zealand, where she gained a post-graduate honours degree, specialising in macro-economics.

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Frank Eich joined economicsense in April 2020 as director. Frank’s interests cover a wide range of topics, including fiscal policy and public finances, pensions, economic forecasting, EU institutions and financial stability. He has worked as an economist in the public and private sectors in Europe and the United States, in the former at HM Treasury, the Bank of England, the German Federal Finance Ministry and the International Monetary Fund; in the latter at Pension Insurance Corporation and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Frank has published widely, including at the IMF and Bank of England. Frank holds a PhD and MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

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