Leighton Chipperfield joined the Royal Economic Society as Chief Executive in 2017. Since 2017 the RES has undergone a rapid modernisation process with a new strategy, a campaign launched to improve diversity in the discipline and the introduction of modern governance, communications and operations that befit one of the UK’s major learned societies. Previously Leighton held senior roles at the Microbiology Society and Elsevier, with over 20 years experience at the interface between research and policy. He has previously served as a trustee for a children’s mental health charity and for a membership institute in clinical medicine.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Leighton holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School and a Diploma in Charity Management from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.