Peter Willis, ATI’s Economist, joined the Institute in 2015. Peter works closely with both Government and industry, to assess the economic impact on the aerospace sector, and the impact of the ATI’s activities on the wider economy. As economist, Peter spends a lot of time forecasting future trends and calculating key statistics on the aerospace sector and ATI portfolio.
Peter’s role is largely focused around engaging with industry and government on the development and assessment of project proposals, particularly around quantifying the wider economic impact to the UK. Peter also leads on the development of case studies for the Institute. Peter enjoys working in the UK manufacturing sector and with a range of aerospace companies. His work enables him to get out and about in the ‘real economy’, rather than just analysing and crunching away at data from behind a desk.
Peter graduated with a BSc in Economics, from the London School of Economics in 2008, and then went onto study for an MSc from the University College London in 2009.
Prior to joining the ATI, Peter worked for Oakdene Hollins, a consultancy that specialises in materials/commodities and sustainability research, for a range of blue chip and government clients.
So, what does Peter like doing when he’s not analysing trends and plotting forecasts? Although Peter has become well accustomed to the big smoke, he originally comes from the North East of England, and from time to time enjoys going back to his roots, to soak up the serenity of the countryside.
In his spare time, Peter like to play tennis and bridge at a competitive level. He also enjoys cooking and spending time in the garden. Peter has volunteered for several years with youth camps for Scripture Union.
Peter is very passionate about his work, and the subject of economics. After leaving university Peter followed his passion by developing his career as an Economist, and choosing not to divert to other career paths, such as accountancy, law or investment banking.