Senior staff

Kate Collyer - Economics Director

Kate joined the CCP from the Competition Commission, where she provided economic advice on a wide range of inquiries. Kate was lead economist on a number of Competition Commission inquiries, including the Groceries Market investigation, the video-on-demand joint venture between BBC Worldwide, Channel 4 and ITV and the London Stock Exchange merger inquiries.

Before joining the Competition Commission Kate worked as an economic consultant at Lexecon (now CRAI) advising on antitrust and merger inquiries in a range of sectors in the UK, Europe and US.

Kate has a MSc Economics from London School of Economics, a BSc (hons) Economics from University College London and a Diploma in European Competition Law from Kings College London.

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Alistair Brown - Economic Adviser

Alistair joined the CCP in September 2009. He has worked in the field of competition and regulation across a range of industries, including airports, supermarkets and chemicals.

Before joining the CCP, Alistair advised the Department for Transport on reforms to the economic regulation of airports. Prior to this, Alistair worked at the Competition Commission, where he advised on a range of inquires, including the Groceries Market investigation and the BOC/INEOS merger. He has also advised the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on competition issues in the Australian groceries sector.

Alistair has a bachelors degree in economics and a masters degree in urban and regional economics.

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Mette Christensen - Economic Adviser

Mette joined the CCP as Economic Adviser in September 2009 from University of Manchester, where she held the position of Lecturer in Economics. She has worked in the field of Applied Microeconomics with particular focus on demand estimation, household behaviour, preferences and the economics of ageing. She also taught Econometrics and Statistics at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Before joining University of Manchester, she was a Post Doctoral fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where she worked on the "Economics of Ageing in Europe (AGE)" project. From 2006, she was a Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and from 2009 an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Manchester.

Mette gained a PhD in Economics from University of Copenhagen combined with research visits to Northwestern Unviersity, USA, and Unviersity College London. She also has an MSc and an BSc in Mathematics and Economics from University of Copenhagen.

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Chris Pike - Economic Adviser

Chris joined the CCP from the Competition Commission. At the Competition Commission he advised on investigations into a range of different markets. These included grocery stores in the UK, mobile phone call termination charges, and video-on-demand services. Chris has a PhD in Industrial Organisation Economics, an MA in Economics, and a BA in Economics, each from the University of East Anglia. He is also an alumni of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy.

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Catherine Davies - Legal Director

Catherine Davies is a competition law specialist with experience in all aspects of EU and UK competition law, having advised on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution arrangements and market investigations across a wide range of sectors, including consumer goods, energy, media and healthcare. Catherine also has experience of public procurement law and judicial review. She worked as a legal adviser at the Competition Commission for 3 years and as an associate in the Competition/Antitrust Group at City law firm Linklaters for 5 years.

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Renella Reumerman - Legal Adviser

Renella Reumerman joined the CCP as legal adviser in July 2009. She is a competition law specialist with experience in all aspects of EU and UK competition law. She worked as case manager and legal adviser at the Office of Fair Trading for five years, gaining experience in merger control in a wide range of sectors, as well as the application and enforcement of Articles 101 and 102 and the Competition Act 1998. Prior to joining the OFT, she worked at City law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for six years, where she qualified as a solicitor.

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Rosie Curran - Legal Adviser

Rosie Curran joined the CCP as legal adviser in March 2010. She is a competition law specialist with experience in EU and UK competition law. Before joining the CCP she worked as a consultant solicitor advising on possible remedies following an order of the Competition Commission in relation to the Groceries Market investigation. Prior to working as a consultant solicitor she worked for city law firm Addleshaw Goddard, where she qualified as a solicitor.

Rosie has an LL.M in Competition (Kings College London) and Intellectual Property (Queen Mary and University College London).

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Nick Warren - Case Manager

Nick joined the CCP from the Competition Commission, where he was business adviser. He assisted with the development and implementation of remedies for the market investigations into Groceries, Payment Protection Insurance and Domestic Bulk Liquid Petroleum Gas and provided business advice on the Stagecoach mergers with local bus companies in Eastbourne and Preston and the Long Clawson acquisition of a Dairycrest business.

Before joining the Competition Commission Nick was Policy and Project Manager at NZBIO, the New Zealand biotechnology association. In that role he consulted with industry on a range of policy issues and was involved with the development of an R&D tax credit scheme, subsequently adopted by the NZ government. Nick also spent a number of years as a tax analyst in the Office of the Chief Tax Counsel, NZ where he advised on the tax liability of companies from a range of industries including securities, utilities and land development.

Nick holds degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Canterbury, NZ and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of NZ.

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Elspeth Wood - Case Manager

Elspeth Wood joined the CCP as a Case Manager in July 2009. Before joining the CCP, she worked as an associate lawyer in the dispute resolution department of City law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She specialised in environment, planning and regulatory disputes.

Elspeth has an LLB Honours degree from Nottingham University.

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Luke Dealtry - Case Manager

Luke joined the CCP as a Case Manager in October 2009. He joined from the Competition Commission, where he had been working for three years. His work was predominantly concerned with land issues arising from the Groceries Inquiry but he was also involved in the market inquiry into Rolling Stock Companies.

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Tom Frusher - Policy and Communications Director

Tom joined the CCP from the British Medical Association where he led on policy development as Deputy Head of the Health Policy and Economic Research Unit. Tom provided strategic counsel and advice on a wide range of projects, in particular the role of patient choice and competition in the NHS and the operation of the plurality agenda in the context of system reform. His analysis of English health reform has been published internationally.

Other recent work focused on the concept of an NHS Constitution, the future of the Private Finance Initiative and the importance of public and patient involvement in the NHS. Tom also sat on the Staff Side Union working group, opposite the Department of Health's Commercial Directorate, contributing to the development of the ISTC workforce policy and the Framework for procuring External Support for Commissioners (FESC).

Tom has a MSc. Philosophy of Science from the London School of Economics, a BSc. (Hons) Sociology, and is an accredited PRINCE 2 Practitioner.

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Anne-Marie Hellier - Clinical Adviser

Anne-Marie has worked in the NHS for 24 years. She started her career as a nurse, specialising in critical care nursing for over 10 years. After some time working in service management Anne-Marie then moved into the area of service improvement, firstly working within an Acute Trust and then for the Modernisation Agency's Critical Care Programme. In 2002 Anne-Marie then went to work for the South East London Strategic Health Authority as Development and Service Improvement Lead. She also spent a period as Acting Director of Development prior to taking a career break.

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Peter Taylor - Policy Adviser

Peter is on a secondment to the CCP from NHS London, the Strategic Health Authority for the capital, where he held the post of Head of Market Policy. In his role at the SHA Peter was responsible for the system management function of the NHS in London, working to ensure that the series of values, relationships, contracts and rules, which are designed to promote patient and taxpayer interests within the NHS, were instilled and complied with.

Prior to working for the SHA Peter was an NHS commissioner in the North East of England where he led on a range of service reforms and held a diverse portfolio including Assisted Conception and Fertility Preservation, Sexual Health, Urology and Gynaecology. Peter also held responsibility for contracts across acute foundation trust, ambulance and independent providers, and managed those through the transition to the new standard NHS contracts system.

More recently Peter has been leading on a national project, on behalf of the Department of Health, to develop NHS National Tariffs within Regulated Fertility Services and is currently a member of the Guideline Development Group for fertility at the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as their expert on commissioning.

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