Steve Hughes

Head of Economic and Social Policy


Steve Hughes is the Head of Economic and Social Policy. Before joining Policy Exchange, Steve worked at the Bank of England in its Banking Services Directorate, where he conducted research into the circulation of banknotes, and helped manage the regulatory system that governs cash distribution in the UK. Prior to this, Steve worked at the British Chambers of Commerce, producing economic indicators and advising on tax, international trade and SME finance policy. He has also worked in Parliament, researching HM Treasury legislation as it passed through the House of Commons. Steve read economics at the University of Nottingham.

Steve Hughes

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