Tuesday, 24 April 2018
The Office of Health Economics Trustees have appointed Professor Graham Cookson as Director Designate. He will be the successor to Professor Adrian Towse as OHE Director. Adrian plans to step back from running the OHE by the end of 2018, after 25 years. He will continue to be involved in OHE research and consulting projects.
Graham is currently Chief Economist and Head of Research at INRIX, based in London. His work at INRIX involves providing transportation analytics for internal and external consulting clients. His passion, however, is health care, and he was previously Professor of Economic & Public Policy and Head of the Department of Health Care Management & Policy at University of Surrey. There he won major health research grants from the EU (Horizon 2020), NIHR, Department of Health, and the Leverhulme Trust. He remains a Visiting Professor at the University. Prior to moving to Surrey, he was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Economics at King’s College London.
Graham has a Ph.D. in Econometrics from Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and was formerly Chair of its Official Statistics Section. He has around 40 peer reviewed publications, most of them in health, the rest in other aspects of social policy. As well as extensive teaching experience, he has also supervised a number of PhD students.
The transition arrangements
Graham will join OHE on Monday 11th June. He will be Director Designate and join the management team. Graham will take over as Director on 1st January 2019, at which point Adrian Towse will cease to be part of the management team but continue to work for OHE supporting the research and consulting areas he knows best.
During this six-month period, Graham will take on progressively more responsibility, particularly in relation to decisions that impact the future direction of OHE. His interest in the economics of health systems and in the analysis of real world evidence will complement OHE’s existing capabilities in innovation, incentives, and outcomes research.
Further information on Graham is available on the OHE website here.
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