At the AGM held at this year''s Annual Conference in Cambridge, Charles (Charlie) Bean was elected as the next President of the Royal Economic Society, to succeed Richard Blundell when he reaches the end of his term of office on 3 April 2013. Under the new governance arrangements of the Society, approved by the Privy Council in December 2011, he immediately becomes President-Elect and hence a charity trustee.
Charlie Bean is Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and a member of both the Monetary Policy Committee and the Financial Policy Committee. An undergraduate at Emmanuel College in Economics and Mathematics, he joined HM Treasury on graduating from Cambridge in 1975. He then went as a Harkness Scholar to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and obtained a PhD in Economics. On returning to the UK, he re-joined HM Treasury briefly, before moving to the London School of Economics in 1982. He became a Professor of Economics there in 1990 and also served for a spell as Head of Department. While at the LSE he was for five years Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies. He was a visiting professor at Stanford in 1990.
Charlie became Chief Economist at the Bank of England in 2000 and Deputy Governor in 2008.