Deputy Director, Director of Environment and Research
Sheila Watson is Deputy Director, Director of Environment and Research at the FIA Foundation, a UK-based charity committed to promoting safe sustainable mobility across the world. She is also Executive Secretary of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, which seeks to support development of fuel economy policies across the world. An economist with many years of experience as an advisor and consultant, her most recent role was as Senior Special Adviser to the UK Labour government at the Department for Trade and Industry, The Privy Council, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Foreign Office. During the 10 years she spent at the heart of the UK government, she specialized in a range of environmental and resource protection issues, including sustainable farming, food production and international climate security. Her former roles include Deputy Director of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and Policy Researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Watson has an Honours Degree from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, London. She is married, with three sons, and lives in London.