Professor Graham Cookson

Chief Executive | OHE

Professor Graham Cookson is Chief Executive and took over the role of Director from Professor Adrian Towse on 1st January 2019.

Graham is an econometrician by training and is interested in the use of big data in health and life sciences research. His current research interests include the measurement and determinants of productivity in healthcare especially labour productivity; the industrial organisation of healthcare especially tariffs and competition; real-world evidence in health economic evaluation; and big data in the health and life sciences. He is best known for this work on the economics of staffing and skill mix in the English NHS, and this research was critical to the development of the NICE Guidelines on Safe Staffing.

A Honorary Visiting Professor in Economics at City, University of London and visiting Professor at University of Surrey, Graham joined OHE on 11th June 2018 from INRIX Inc. where he was Chief Economist and Head of Research. Prior to joining INRIX, Graham was Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Surrey, and Director of Research then latterly Head of Department of Healthcare Management & Policy. He founded the M.Sc. in Health Economics at the University of Surrey a collaboration between the School of Economics and the Department of Healthcare Management & Policy.

At the University of Surrey he was the Director of two research groups: the Leverhulme Trust funded “Better for Less” and the Centre for the Economics of Health Care. His research has been funded by, inter alia, European Commission, ESRC, Department for Health, NIHR, and the Leverhulme Trust, and he has also undertaken contract research and consultancy for a range of public and private sector organisations including NICE. Before his departure from the University of Surrey, Graham was involved in the establishment of the Eli Lily Real-World-Evidence Centre at the University.

Graham is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, formally Chair of the Official Statistics section and the Member of the Royal Economic Society. He holds an M.A.(Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Somerville College, Oxford; an M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Econometrics from Imperial College London, and a P.G.Cert in Academic Practice from King’s College London.