Alastair Cunningham

Agent for the East Midlands, Bank of England

Biography

Alastair joined the Bank of England in 1994 – taking over as Agent for the East Midlands Agency in February 2010 after spending 15 years as an economist and senior manager at the Bank’s Head Office in London. His current role is to act as the eyes and ears of the Bank in the East Midlands – in practice, that involves talking with businesses across the patch, listening to their views on economic developments and – crucially – the way firms are responding to the challenges they face. Trying to match what real firms say they are doing with what economic models predict in this way is probably the most interesting of all Alastair’s jobs at the Bank – “the economics of walking around”.
Alastair lives in Derbyshire and is married with one son. He enjoys hill walking and is an active member of Belper Harriers athletics club.

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