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Claire Ackroyd
Claire Ackroyd

Claire Ackroyd


Senior Economic Analyst

Claire, who joined the SEMLEP team in March 2016, is responsible for gathering and analysing data and research, and working with local partners, to support evidence-based policymaking in the South East Midlands. Her key roles to date have included developing a Local Industrial Strategy and Energy Strategy for the area as well as, more recently, an Economic Recovery Strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her current focus continues to be on economic recovery, with emphasis upon how such a recovery can align with the ambitions for the area within the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, and the transition to zero carbon.

SEMLEP’s Senior Economic Analyst has two degrees, an MA in Economics from Cambridge and an MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics.

She worked for 10 years at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in a variety of policy and analyst roles, including in housing analysis and local government finance.

Prior to joining MHCLG, Claire worked briefly as an economic journalist and spent two years in Rwanda as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow.

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