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Andrew Graham


Andrew Graham (SEH, 1961) is the Master of Balliol College, Oxford, a Director of the Scott Trust (which owns The Guardian and The Observer), an elected member of the Council of Oxford University and Chair of the Europaeum Academic Council.

After reading PPE, he joined the National Economic Development Office and then moved first to the Department of Economic Affairs and subsequently to the Cabinet Office working for Dr Thomas Balogh. He was Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, 1967-69 and the Chief Economist in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit from 1974-76; and from 1988 to 1994 he was the Economic Adviser to the Shadow Chancellor and later Leader of the Labour Party, John Smith.  From 1998 to 2005, he was a non-Executive Director of Channel 4 Television and from 1990 to 1997 he was a consultant to the BBC. Before becoming Master of Balliol he was, from 1969 to 1997, a Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Balliol.  He specialises in macroeconomic policy, the principles underlying public service broadcasting and, more recently, in innovation and leadership in academic institutions.

In 2001 he led a Balliol and Oxford group that, together with massive financial support from The Shirley Foundation, established the Oxford Internet Institute, the first multidisciplinary research institute in the world looking at the effects of the Internet on society.  In 2003, Oxford University made him an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law.  His partner, Peggotty, was, until recently, Dean and Director of Studies of Social Sciences at the Open University.  He is a passionate windsurfer.