Giles Wilkes

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Giles Wilkes is a former special adviser to secretary of state for business, innovation and skills Vincent Cable.[1]

He is now a leader writer for the Financial Times.


After graduating from Oxford in politics, philosophy and economics, Wilkes spent a brief period in publishing before ten years working in various roles at IG Group. He has an MBA from the London Business School and in 2006 acquired a masters in global history from the London School of Economics.[2]

Wilkes sat on the advisory board of the Economic Policy Centre.[3]

Before joining Vince Cable's office, Wilkes was chief economist at the self-described "liberal" think-tank CentreForum.[4]

On 25 May 2010, Wilkes posted to his blog: "This is the last post on this blog until further notice. I have unexpectedly been offered an advisory position to the new government".[5] He started blogging again after leaving his spad role in 2014 [6], albeit more sporadically since he was appointed an FT leader writer.

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  1. Department of Information Services, "Parliamentary Information List", accessed 07.09.10
  2. Staff writers, "Giles Wilkes", The Guardian, accessed 13.09.10
  3. Economic Policy Centre, "Advisory Board", accessed 13.09.10
  4. Staff writers, "Giles Wilkes", The Guardian, accessed 13.09.10
  5. Giles Wilkes, "Freethinking Economist", 25.05.10, accessed 13.09.10
  6. The Freethinkecon Accessed 18 September 2014