He is currently an advisor to the House of Commons Education and Skills Select Committee, and from 1992 to 1997, was a member of the Audit Commission.
He was a member of the Urban Task Force Working Group on Finance and has published a number of books on cities and government, including The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City.
Director of the Greater London Group, a research centre at the London School of Economics. He is a regular contributor to the media on the economy and local government.
Associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times. Author and associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford; honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and of the Oxford Institute for Economic Policy.
BBC Business editor who was the Business and Economics Presenter on Radio 4's Today Programme for many years