BVCA Hires Chief Economist

Colin Ellis has joined the The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association as its chief economist. He previously was the European economist for Daiwa Capital Markets.


The BVCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Colin Ellis as the BVCA’s Chief Economist.

Colin joins the BVCA from Daiwa Capital Markets, where he was the European Economist since 2008 with a focus on the euro area and UK economies. Prior to that he worked as a senior economist and manager at the Bank of England, where his roles included writing the Inflation Report and running the Quarterly Bulletin, as well as coordinating the Bank’s regional offices.

Colin has published a number of research papers and articles, covering topics ranging from investment and pricing to real-time data. He frequently speaks at a wide range of conferences and seminars, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

In his new role at the BVCA one of Colin’s main functions will be to provide commentary and briefing on the economic environment for members and their portfolio companies. He will also oversee the strategic direction of the BVCA’s Research function, and deepen and extend the analysis of trends and issues affecting the venture capital and private equity industry. Additionally, Colin will be involved in building and maintaining relationships with government, investors, academia and the general public.

Simon Walker, Chief Executive of the BVCA, said: “It is more important than ever to demonstrate the contribution private equity and venture capital makes to the economy. By appointing someone of Colin’s pedigree, we enhance our ability to provide vigorous, evidence based analysis of our industry.”

The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body for the UK private equity and venture capital industry. The BVCA has over 450 member firms, representing the overwhelming number of UK-based private equity and venture capital firms and their advisers.