John Beath is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of St Andrews. His professional training was at Queen's College Dundee, the University of London and the University of Pennsylvania. He has held academic posts at Cambridge, Bristol and St Andrews. He is an applied microeconomist with interests in the economics of industry competition and regulation, and in public finance. Previous public appointments have included membership of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Pay Remuneration, the Prison Service Pay Review Body and the Economic and Social Research Council, chairing both its Research Grants Board and its Training and Skills Committee. He was also chair of the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland. He is an honorary Vice-President of the Royal Economic Society, having served as its Secretary-General between 2008 and 2015. A fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Arts and the Academy of Social Sciences, he was appointed OBE in the 2015 Birthday Honours List.