Andrew Webb is Managing Director of Webb Advisory and an Associate of the University of Ulster Economic Policy Centre. Until May 2015 Andrew was OCO’s chief economist and Head of Consulting where he led on all OCO’s economic research assignments.
Andrew is an Applied Economics MSc graduate with close to 20 years’ continuous experience in economic research/analysis, commentary and model building.
Andrew’s career spans the public, private and academic sectors. He started his career in the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre as head of regional forecasting before moving into the Department of Finance and Personnel and then Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. Andrew’s time in private practice has involved many significant impact, appraisal, evaluation and sector studies.
Between 2011 and 2015 Andrew juggled economic advisory work with being an elected representative on Belfast City Council and served on the Development Committee. The insight gained into operating and delivering on economic development objectives during this time provides Andrew with a unique perspective.
Andrew has undertaken economic research and impact assignments across the globe and is a seasoned commentator. He has featured in visual and print media and was recently invited to deliver a keynote at the Brookings Institution Global Cities Initiative meeting in Washington on the tactics that metro areas can use to attract Inward Investment.
Sarah McCarthy is director of sjcartmin consulting and Senior Associate of Webb Advisory. Sarah has a Chartered Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and Diploma in Digital and Mobile Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Technology. Sarah has over 13 years' experience in Marketing and Management Consultancy having worked with some of the largest private practices in the industry. She is an expert in market research and has extensive experience and proven track record in successfully delivering: large scale formative and post programme evaluations; research assignments; business plans; funding applications and economic appraisals.
Sarah is an excellent oral and written communicator and has delivered projects across a variety of reporting functions including facilitating workshops and focus groups, client presentations, detailed write-ups, results and lessons learnt workshops and reports. Recent clients include:
Eddie has over 30 years’ experience of undertaking policy, programme, project and organisational reviews in the public sector. In his most recent role, as Assistant Auditor General in the Northern Ireland Audit Office, he was responsible for the design and delivery of a challenging programme of value for money studies; working effectively with the Public Accounts Committee; setting the strategic direction of the Office; and, as a member of the Executive Team, ensuring the cost-effective, timely and high quality development and implementation of NIAO policies, procedures and methodology. Eddie previously worked as an economist in the Civil Service, as a National Expert in the European Commission and as a public sector consultant with PWC.