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A diverse community of
leading experts, policymakers
and practitioners

The Institute’s key research themes
are led by ten academic partners
spread across the UK.

We’re a UK-wide research
organisation exploring what
productivity means for business

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.

Professor Andy Westwood

Policy Director, The Productivity Institute and Professor of Public Policy, Government and Business at The University of Manchester

Committees: Management Team, Executive Team
Research Theme: Institutions & governance (lead)


Andy Westwood is an expert in further and higher education, science policy and local/regional economic development and has worked regularly as an adviser for the OECD, IMF and the EU and the House of Lords select committee on Economic Affairs and Digital Skills. He is a governor at NIESR and served as Vice Dean for Social Responsibility in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. Andy has also worked in the UK government as a political and special adviser and civil servant in a variety of departments.

In May 2024, Andy was named Policy Director of The Productivity Institute to focus on the implementation of the Institute’s Productivity Agenda for the purpose of driving more effective policy making in the area of productivity, skills and innovation at national, regional and devolved nations level. He also joined the Institute’s Management Team and joined Alliance Manchester Business School as Professor in Public Policy, Government and Business.

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