Gareth Griffiths


Gareth is an experienced economist with professional expertise in the vocational skills, higher education and local economic growth policy areas. Throughout a 17 year career in the Government Economic Service (GES), he carried out extensive work on the economic returns to training and qualifications in Further Education, Higher Education and Adult learning, and is an expert on the role of skills in the labour market.

During his time in the GES Gareth also carried out detailed research and analysis on LocalEconomic Growth. He was the lead analyst for the East and South East Midlands in the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), providing expert briefing and advice to policy practioners in the region. Gareth was also instrumental in the establishment and management of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, an independent research centre co-funded by two Government departments with the Economic and Social Research Council.

In addition Gareth served for 5 years as the UK delegate to the OECD Committee on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED), regularly representing the UK at international meetings and ensuring the effective planning and dissemination of the committee’s research to inform policy development across all levels of Government in the UK.

Gareth therefore has a wealth of experience in the Labour Market, Skills and Local Economic development. His contributions to the Work Foundation will focus on the role that training and skills can play in providing Good Work for all, with a particular emphasis on place-based effects.