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The Institute for Fiscal Studies is a not for profit institution, a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

The aims of the Institute, laid out in its Memorandum and Articles, are to "advance education for the benefit of the public by promoting on a non-political basis the study and discussion of and the exchange and dissemination of information and knowledge concerning the economic and social effects and influences of existing taxes, proposed changes in fiscal systems and other aspects of public policy, in each case whether in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in the world".

The Institute for Fiscal Studies is a company, limited by guarantee and registered in England at 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE (company registration number 954616). It is also a registered charity, number 258815.

How we are governed

The IFS employs directly some 60 staff based at its offices in London. Research staff are divided into sectors and a small core of finance, communications, technical and secretarial staff provides support facilities. Responsibility for management of the Institute lies with the director, who works with the research director to provide intellectual leadership of the research programme.

In addition, around 20 senior academic staff are seconded by the Institute from UK universities on a part-time basis. Other academics from both UK and overseas institutions work with the staff as Research Fellows and Research Associates on an ad-hoc collaborative basis.

Council members

The IFS Council gives advice on strategic matters involving the Institute’s finances and research. Council members are elected from the membership for a term of 3 years.

An Executive Committee, elected from the Council, is responsible for the appointment of the Director and for the overall financial well-being of the Institute. Executive Committee members act as trustees of the IFS. They are accountable to the Charities Commission and are responsible for ensuring that the income and property of the Institute are applied fairly and correctly. Executive Committee Members also serve 3 year terms.


The Rt Hon The Lord O'Donnell LSE; UCL; Frontier Economics; formerly Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service

Executive Committee Chair

Michael Ridge Business Psychologist; and former Head of Public Policy at Frontier Economics

Executive Committee members

Jonathan Athow ONS
Jamie Bell Bank of England
John Chown Chown Dewhurst LLP
David Gregson Sutton Trust
Peter Kane  
Caroline Mawhood  
Orna NiChionna  
Nick Timmins King's Fund

Other Council members

Shalni Arora Savannah Wisdom
Dame Inga Beale Mediclinic International plc
Anthony Browne MP House of Commons
Sir Alan Budd  
Frances Cairncross Heriot-Watt University
Margaret Cole PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Maureen Cole-Burns  
Chris Davidson KPMG
Bill Dodwell Office for Tax Simplification
Stephanie Flanders Bloomberg
Prof Judith Freedman Worcester College, Oxford
Lord David Freud House of Lords
Chris Giles Financial Times
Julia Goldsworthy West Midlands Combined Authority
Sir Paul Grice Queen Margaret University
Baroness Hogg Financial Reporting Council
Will Hopper  
Paul Johnson 3Dk Solutions Ltd
Judith Knott  
Chris Leslie  
Dr Tim Leunig Department for Education
Professor Denise Lievesley Green Templeton College, Oxford
Rachel Lomax  
Clare Lombardelli HM Treasury
Margaret McEvoy Consultant Economist
Bina Mehta KPMG
Paul Morton HMRC
David Miles Imperial College and OBR
Saker Nusseibeh Hermes Investment Management
Frances O'Grady Trades Union Congress
Sue Owen Department of Culture, Media and Sport
Sir Dave Ramsden Bank of England
Rachel Reeves MP House of Commons
Bill Robinson KPMG
Janette Rutterford  
Chris Sanger EY
Dame Minouche Shafik London School of Economics
Sir Edward Troup  
Sir Steve Webb Lane Clark and Peacock
Sharon White John Lewis

IFS Memorandum and Articles

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