John Lavery Associate Director - Economic Advisory Belfast +44 2895872325


John is a senior and experienced economic and policy advisor. He has spent 13 years in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand working inside and outside government advising on economic issues and priorities. John returns to Grant Thornton having previously worked with the firm between 2006 and 2009. In between, he held senior roles with two advisory firms and previously led the Economic Intelligence team at Auckland’s Economic Development Agency in New Zealand.

Sector Experience

John has assisted a range of public and private sector clients working on over 150 advisory assignments.

Johns specialisms include:

  • development of strategies and plans to support city and regional development;
  • providing insightful economic research to support decision making;
  • undertaking economic impact assessments to support planning;
  • completing economic appraisals, business cases and cost benefit analysis for publicly funded projects; and
  • evaluation of government policy and programmes.

John’s primary industry focus is central and local government but he has expertise across a range of sectors including  tourism; construction; and technology.

Recent significant projects include:

  • UK and Ireland city competitiveness study (2019);
  • scoping study for a cross border Special Economic Zone in the North West (2019);
  • outline business cases for a number of projects seeking funding under the Belfast Region City Deal(2018);
  • economic impact assessment of Bushmills Whiskey Distillery Expansion (2018);
  • Dublin International Relations strategy and action plan (2018);
  • Auckland Innovation plan and Skills and Employment plan (2015); and
  • economic appraisal of the Belfast Convention Centre (2013).
  • Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Business Information Technology
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Economics
  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner