Diane Coyle, OBE, is an economist and a former advisor to the UK Treasury.
Coyle was an economist at the UK Treasury from 1985 to 1986, and later became the European Editor of Investors Chronicle between 1993 and 2001 and economics editor of The Independent. She has written a series of books focused on educating people about different aspects of economics. She has said that her first book, The Weightless World (1997), was a contribution to the creation of a radical centre. Another book explores concepts of “enoughness” and sustainability.
Coyle is also managing director of Enlightenment Economics, an economic consultancy to large corporate clients and international organisations, specialising in new technologies and globalisation. Coyle is a Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester’s Institute for Political and Economic Governance. She is employed by EDF Energy on its stakeholder advisory panel, on which her former BBC Trust colleague Chris Patten also sits. Coyle is also a member of the UK Border Agency’s Migration Advisory Committee.
She was previously a presenter on BBC Radio 4 and was a member of the BBC Trust from November 2006 until 2015. In 2011 the Queen approved Coyle’s appointment as the Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Coyle was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours for services to economics.