Simon Hayes is Chief UK Economist and Director in Barclays Capital’s Global Research Division. He joined Barclays Capital in 2005 after eight years working at the Bank of England. While at the Bank, Simon performed several roles, including author of the quarterly Inflation Report. He was also responsible for briefing the Monetary Policy Committee on the near-term outlook for inflation and growth ahead of the Committee’s monthly interest rate meetings. Prior to working at the BoE, Simon was a lecturer in Economics at Newcastle University. He has a BA in Economics and a PhD from Newcastle University, and an MSc in Economics from Warwick University.