The CCP Advisory Board advises on general strategy to ensure that the Centre achieves its scientific aims and objectives.
It brings together leaders in the field with both practical and academic expertise.
CHAIR: Thomas Sharpe QC
Thomas Sharpe is a specialist in all aspects of EU/competition law.
Practice covers large scale international cartel proceedings, allegations of abuse of dominant position, state aid, state immunity and state sanctions, UK and EC merger proceedings, and extensive regulatory work (particularly energy and utilities) over charges and licence modifications for a wide variety of British, American, German and French clients, including judicial review proceedings.
This involves frequent appearances in the ECJ, CFI, Competition Commission and UK High Court.
Thomas Sharpe also has a very extensive energy and telecommunication practice in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Caribbean and in Hong Kong.
A graduate of Trinity Hall, Cambridge he is qualified in both Economics and Law and is retained particularly where complex issues of law and economics are involved. He brings considerable experience from having held various academic appointments in the UK and US (visiting professor in anti-trust, University of California), and as a Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford until starting to practise in 1987. He is a frequent lecturer in the IEA/LBS regulation annual lecture series, to the Law Society European Group, and to the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is a past contributor to Halsbury’s Laws (European Law) and the LQR, CMLR, Eur L Rev and other legal journals and to symposia and published lectures in regulation. He is on the advisory or editorial boards of the European Competition Journal, Concurrences-Revue des droits de la concurrence, and the Centre for Competition Policy, UEA.
Kate Collyer, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Kate Collyer is Chief Economist at BEIS and formally Deputy Chief Economic Adviser in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), where she was responsible for the quality and standard of economic advice in the CMA’s market and merger investigations. Kate was Director of Economics in the Competition Commission where she provided economic advice on a wide range of market and merger investigations in many different sectors in the UK. Before joining the Competition Commission, Kate was Director of Economics and Deputy Director at the Cooperation and Competition Panel (CCP) (now Monitor).
At the CCP Kate led a large number of merger and competition investigations in the NHS and her research on hospital choice and merger simulation has been published in the Economic Journal. Kate has also worked as an economic consultant advising on antitrust and merger investigations in a range of sectors in the UK, Europe and US.
Paul Fisher, King's College London Business School
After a 10 career as an academic specialising in macro models, Paul spent 26 years at the Bank of England, rising to Executive Director of Markets and then Deputy Head of the Prudential Regulation Authority. During that time he was a member of the Monetary Policy Committee , the interim Financial Policy Committee and the PRA Board. After stepping down from the Bank in 2016, he now has a varied portfolio career, which includes Chair of the London Bullion Market Association, Non-executive Director at the UK Debt Management Office and consultancy for central banks. Among his academic posts he is currently a Fellow at the Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership; Senior Research Fellow at King’s College Business School and a Visiting Professor at Richmond, the American International University in London
Professor Sean F Ennis, Director, Centre for Competition Policy
Sean is an economist who specialises in competition economics, digitalisation and regulation. His research interests include competition economics, digitalisation and its impacts on markets, regulated industries and inequality.
Currently Director of the Centre for Competition Policy and Professor of Competition Policy at Norwich Business School, Sean has extensive experience in government work and competition law and policy. Previously, he was a Senior Economist in the Competition Division of the OECD. For two years, he was Executive Director of the Competition Commission of Mauritius, where he was the chief executive in charge of running Mauritius’ independent competition authority. At the OECD he developed and led the development and application of the OECD’s Competition Assessment Toolkit. Prior to that, he worked as an economist at the European Commission’s DG Competition and at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, developing economic analyses for competition law investigations.
Sean has published research studies and reports and provided capacity building related to a broad range of business activities (including digitalisation, communications, health care, financial and professional services). These studies or statements have been submitted to or published by economics journals and organisations such as the G20, the European Parliament, the OECD and the World Bank. He has jointly authored or overseen reports for regulatory and government agencies in Australia, Greece, Mexico, Peru, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Sean has been involved in competition law and regulatory proceedings including with the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
Professor Amelia Fletcher, Centre for Competition Policy
Amelia is Professor of Competition Policy at the Centre for Competition Policy. She is also a Non-Executive Director at the Financial Conduct Authority. She was previously Chief Economist at the Office of Fair Trading (2001-2013), where she also spent time leading the OFT's Mergers and Competition Policy teams. Before joining the OFT, she was an economic consultant at Frontier Economics (1999-2001) and London Economics (1993-1999).
Amelia has written and presented widely on competition and consumer policy. In her ongoing research, she has a particular interest in the implications for competition and consumer policy of behavioural economics and online markets. She is also developing an online distance-learning MSc in competition policy to be offered to practitioners internationally. She has a DPhil and MPhil in economics from Nuffield College, Oxford and has been on the Councils of the Royal Economic Society and the Association of Competition Economics and on the advisory panel for the ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution (ELSE).
Jacqueline Minor, previously at European Commission
A lawyer by training, Jacqueline Minor began her career in the European Institutions at the Court of Justice in 1984. Since then she has covered different roles in both the Commission and the Court of Justice. She took up her post as Head of the Commission’s Representation in the UK on 16th February 2013.
From 1st August 2014 she is also a Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Brighton.
Greg Olsen, Clifford Chance
Greg Olsen is a Partner and Head of the London Antitrust Practice of Clifford Chance LLP. He specialises in the application of EU and UK competition law to mergers, joint ventures and commercial arrangements as well as alleged behavioural violations such as cartels and abuse of market power. Greg also advises on regulatory investigations in a diverse range of industries including financial services, insurance, media and consumer goods. Greg holds a BCL from the University of Oxford as well as an LLB (Hons) degree from Canterbury University in New Zealand. He is a past Chair of the Competition Section of the Law Society of England and Wales. In 2018 he was named Dealmaker of the Year by Global Competition Review.
Professor Howard Shelanski, Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington DC
Howard Shelanski is Professor of Law at Georgetown University and a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell. His scholarship focuses on antitrust and regulation. Shelanski has served in several government positions in the United States, including as Administrator of the White House office of Information of Regulatory Affairs (2013-2017), Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics (2012-2013), Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission (1999-2000), and Senior Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (1998-1999).
From 1997 to 2009, Mr. Shelanski was a Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, where he co-directed the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Before teaching at Berkeley, Mr. Shelanski practiced law in Washington DC and served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Louis H. Pollak on the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia and Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC. He earned is J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. at Haverford College.
Stephen Walcott is an experienced barrister, and has broad commercial law experience in the financial services sector. He primarily focuses on insurance and reinsurance related matters, including bancassurance and regulatory and licensing issues in respect of domestic and international arrangements, and has experience of competition law in that context. He has always maintained a keen academic interest in the law, and is currently Head of Legal (Asia) in the Aviva Group Legal team. He thus fills an important role of bringing both a commercial and a Iocal perspective to the Board.