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Adrian Payne

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  • M.Phil in Economics, Nuffield College, Oxford
  • BA in PPE (First Class Hons), Lincoln College, Oxford

Adrian Payne, a Senior Advisor to ESP Consulting, is a competition economist with over 30 years experience both as a consultant and in industry. Adrian worked at the Office of Fair Trading (OfT) between 2000 and 2013. In this role, he served 11 years as Head of Economics and as Deputy Director for its mergers branch.

Since leaving the OfT, Adrian has worked as a consultant supporting boards that are making cases to the Competition Commission and OfT, as well as supporting the Competition Commission through a number of market inquiries.

Before joining the OfT, Adrian spent 16 years as a consultant within the Strategy, Policy and Economics group of PricewaterhouseCoopes and its predecessors. Adrian's experience during this time is extensive, including leading a number of major regulatory projects (including in Utilities and Telecoms) and being responsible for all work with the European Commission.

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