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Sir Derek James Morris

Kt, MA, DPhil (DSc Cran; DCL East Ang; LLD Dublin)

Sir Derek Morris has been Provost of Oriel College, Oxford since 2004.  From 1998-2004 he was Chairman of the Competition Commission (formerly the Monopolies and Mergers Commission). This followed three years as a member of the Commission and three years as Deputy Chairman.

He is also currently a Member of the Committee for Standards in Public Life (formerly the Nolan committee); the Chairman of the Trustees of the Oxford University Pension Fund; a Non-Executive Director of Lucida plc (an insurance company which specialises in buying out large scale pension funds);  a Senior Consultant in regulatory and competition economics for Frontier Economics; Chairman of Oxford University’s College Contributions Committee (which recommends redistribution of resources from colleges with high endowment to those with low endowment); and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Business Taxation at Oxford University.

From 1970-1998 he was Fellow and Tutor in Economics, Oriel College and University Lecturer (subsequently Reader) in Economics. 

Publications include: The Economic System in the UK; Industrial Economics, Theory and Evidence (with D Hay); Unquoted Companies (with D Hay); and State Owned Enterprises and Economic Reform in China (with D Hay). He has written widely on a range of economic issues including unemployment, trade policy and performance, productivity growth, industrial policy, macro-economic policy, the Chinese economy, exchange rates, profitability, the stock market, and corporate control.

During the year 2004-2005 he chaired the Morris Inquiry into the Actuarial profession in the UK, the recommendations from which are currently being implemented. 

He has twice been a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Irvine. 

Sir Derek was educated at Harrow County Grammar School and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he obtained First Class honours in PPE; and did his doctoral thesis on Investment Behaviour in the UK at Nuffield College, Oxford. He was then a Research Fellow at the Centre for Business and Industrial Studies, Warwick University. From 1981-1984 he was seconded from Oxford as Economic Director of the National Economic Development Office.