About Stephen Gibson

Stephen Gibson is a recognised expert in regulation and competition economics with over twenty five years’ experience across a range of regulated utilities as a consultant and from both sides of the regulatory fence.

Stephen is a member of the Government’s Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC)  which rates the quality of evidence and analysis used by departments and regulators in their assessments of the economic impact on businesses of regulatory interventions. Stephen chairs the RPC’s methodology committee and is a member of the RPC’s finance committee.

Stephen is also a member of the CAA’s Expert Panel, supervising the development of the regulatory regime for Heathrow, including the regulatory framework for the third runway.

Stephen has been:

  • Chief Economist at Ofwat,
  • Chief Economist and Director of Economic Policy at Postcomm,
  • Special Advisor on regulation to the CAA,
  • Special Advisor to ORR,
  • Principal Economist at Ofcom,
  • Head of Economics at Network Rail,
  • Senior Consultant at NERA Economic Consulting, and
  • Economist and Competition Policy Analyst for Royal Mail.

Stephen set up SLG Economics in 2011 to provide regulatory and competition policy advice to regulators, regulated companies and governments.

Stephen is regularly interviewed on radio and television, discussing  topical questions such as the success of Royal Mail privatisation and the changes to rail ticket prices. 

Stephen is a lecturer in microeconomics at Birkbeck College, London on their MSc in applied economics and has been a visiting lecturer at City University, London on their MSc in Regulation and Competition. He was the external supervisor for a PhD in railway economics at  the Judge Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge.

Stephen has:

  • a degree in Economics and Management Studies from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge,
  • a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the ACCA,
  • a Diploma in Computer Science from Cambridge University,
  • a Diploma in EU Competition Law from Kings College, London, and
  • completed the Corporate Finance evening course at London Business School.

Stephen has published articles on the postal market study, railway economics, rail capacity charging and incentivising rail performance in leading academic books and journals.