Trevor Williams is the former Chief Economist of Lloyds Bank, a position he held for over 15 years. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Derby, rotating Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee, author of Trading Economics (with Victoria Turton) and a strong supporter of several charities committed to creating opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Growing up in London, Trevor attended a comprehensive school before going on to study Economics at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Essex. Whilst working at the Civil Service he studied for a PhD at Birkbeck. He worked as an Economist in the City of London for 30 years, managing teams of Economists and Financial Analysts, covering a range of disciplines like equity analysis, market strategy, quantitative analysis, proprietary data analytics and economic forecasting.
Communicating complex global economic issues in a digestible and relevant way is incredibly challenging but Trevor is passionate about doing just that. His work looks to demystify economics, helping businesses translate information and big data into knowledge that can empower them to make better decisions. His work not only supports businesses of all sizes to thrive, but it also helps inform policymakers and governments of the economic impact of policy shifts such as Brexit and COVID-19 recovery plans.
‘It is important that people make decisions based on facts and observations of reality rather than myths, superstition or ideology. Do not be fooled by snake oil salespeople selling simple solutions to complex problems. I try to demystify my area of expertise so that those who need to make economic decisions do so with a deeper understanding of the real issues.’
Alongside his passion for economics Trevor is an advocate and supporter of several charitable causes including Reach Society, Ballet Black, Through the Looking Glass and Birkbeck, University of London. Each has a unique mission and vision but what aligns them is their commitment to creating opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds and bringing together diverse communities to raise confidence and aspirations.
‘I believe that education is the best route by far for elevating people from poverty and improving their lives immeasurably. This is not only about raising their living standards but also enriching their lives by learning for its own sake. Both of these outcomes will make a better society for all.’