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After nearly nine years as Director of IPPR North, Ed Cox will be leaving the Institute in May 2018

Ed Cox said:

“I’m very proud of what we have achieved at IPPR North. When we published Northern Prosperity is National Prosperity in 2012 – our 200-page strategy for the Northern economy – few could have imagined that such an engaging policy debate would follow in the name of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and industrial strategy.

“Through our contributions to the debate on schools and skills, our blueprint for Transport for the North which is now unfolding before us, our recent Northern Energy Strategy, our annual State of the North reports, and in so many other ways, we have consistently set the Northern Powerhouse agenda and brought meaning to it. My passion for a more autonomous North is undiminished.”

Tom Kibasi, Director of IPPR said:

“Ed Cox has been a superb Director of IPPR North, making an enormous contribution both to the development of public policy in the north of England and to the wider Institute. He has brought passion, energy and vision to the role. We will miss him and we wish him every success in the future."



Rosie Corrigan, Media and Campaigns Manager for IPPR North, on 07585772633 or [email protected].


Ed will be taking up the post of Director of Public Services and Communities within the Action Research Centre of the Royal Society of Arts. Ed will leave IPPR North on Friday 11 May. Applications for the role of Director of IPPR North open later today at