Julian McCrae

Deputy Director

Julian joined the Institute in July 2009 from the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit where he was Deputy Director. He started his career at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where he spent eight years and published work on the UK's personal taxation and welfare system.

He leads the Institute’s work on financial leadership for government, fiscal policy and consolidations and is a spokesperson on all areas of our work. He is our expert on:

  • Whitehall reform and performance
  • Financial leadership for government
  • Spending Review and Budget
  • Fiscal consolidations and international experience of them.

He also led the Institute's research programme on corporate taxation and business investment issues.

Previously in government, Julian led work on social mobility, welfare policies and economics. While at the Strategy Unit, among other things Julian led the process spanning 11 government departments that culminated in the 2009 New Opportunities White Paper, and ran Tony Blair's Fundamental Savings Review. His other experience in government includes two spells in HM Treasury, and as a Special Adviser at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Prior to this, he taught public economics at University College London and worked at Frontier Economics, one of the UK's leading economic consultancies, where he helped expand the public policy practice.

Julian is a regular commentator on all issues relating to the effectiveness of government, most recently for the Today Programme, Sky News and BBC News on the Spending Round 2013 and Radio 4 programme ‘Analysis’ on tax policy.

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Recent Publications

Post date: 25 February 2017
Post date: 05 December 2016
Post date: 21 November 2016