Commentary

Topic: UK policy and advocacy in the World Bank and IMF

18 November 2002 | Call for action

Who’s who: UK decision-makers in the World Bank and IMF

The top UK representatives at the IMF and World Bank are the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown and Secretary of State for International Development Clare Short. In this capacity they are known as UK Governors to the Fund and Bank. They sit on the ministerial committees which meet in Washington twice a year to decide on overall strategic direction for the institutions.

On a day to day basis the Governors delegate power to an Executive Director, a Treasury civil servant seconded to go to Washington for about three years. Currently this position is held by Tom Scholar. The Executive Director (or ED) heads the UK Delegation to the Bank and Fund. This is based in an office in the IMF and contains approximately 8 staff, including an Alternate Executive Director from the Department for International Development, currently Martin A. Brooke. Either Scholar or Brooke attend the bi-weekly meetings of the World Bank and IMF Boards.

The policy lines taken at Bank and Fund board meetings are formally decided in London by the Treasury or the Department for International Development (DFID) which then instruct the UK Delegation. DFID has the International Financial Institutions Department, currently headed by Margaret Cund, with Alice Mann as the World Bank and IMF head of section. Within the Treasury the Macroeconomic and Finance Directorate is responsible for preparing advice on the policy issues and specific country programmes brought before the Bank Board. Within the Directorate the key units are the Global Policy and Institutions Team, headed by John Ockenden and the International Poverty Reduction Team, headed by Marcus Manuel.

To contact these people to request information or present your views on World Bank and IMF matters, see address details below.

Official UK objectives in these institutions are set out in papers and speeches listed in our key documents section.

Contact details

Gordon Brown
UK Treasury
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ

Clare Short
Department for International Development
1 Palace Street
London SW1E 5HE
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7023 0019

The UK Executive Director, Alternate Executive Director and Delegation staff:
IMF (Room 11-120)
700 19th Street, NW
Washington DC 20431, USA
Tel: +1 (0) 202-623-4560
Fax: +1 (0) 202-623-4965
tscholar@imf.org
mbrooke@imf.org

Treasury Officials

UK Treasury
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ
Tel: (+44) 20 7270 5000
Web: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/Documents/International_Issues/int_index.cfm

DFID officials

Department for International Development
1 Palace Street
London SW1E 5HE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7023 0000
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7023 0019
Web: www.dfid.gov.uk

Tony Baldry
Chair, International Development Select Committee
House of Commons,
7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA
Tel: 020-7219 1223
Fax: 020-7219 2891
indcom@parliament.uk
Web: www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/indhome.htm

John McFall
Chair, Treasury Select Committee
House of Commons,
7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA
Tel: 020-7219 5769
Fax: 020-7219 2782
treascom@parliament.uk
Web: www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/treahome.htm

Members of Parliament

To contact your MP on issues of concern on the WB and IMF write to them at:

House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

or send a fax using the free online service: Fax Your MP.com