Marian Bell

Consultant Economist


Marian Bell is a consultant economist. From 2002 to 2005, she was an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, appointed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to set monetary policy to meet the government‘s inflation target. Since 2007 Marian has been a member of the Fiscal Policy Panel of the States of Jersey, Channel Islands, providing independent advice on fiscal policy. Between 1991 and 2000, she set up and ran the research function of The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Treasury and Capital Markets, becoming a well-known commentator and making frequent appearances in the media. Other previous appointments have been at The Royal Bank of Scotland, HM Treasury and the London Enterprise Agency. Current interests include monetary policy, the financial crisis and financial regulation.

Ms. Bell was educated at Heriots Wood Grammar School, Hertford College, University of Oxford (BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and at Birkbeck, University of London (MSc, Economics). In 2005 she was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to macroeconomic policy and economics.
Amongst her numerous other interests, Marian is Vice Chair of the Contemporary Dance Trust at The Place, home of the London Contemporary Dance School, The Place Prize and Richard Alston Dance Company.

Marian is married with two children.

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