After brief careers as a musician and a graphic artist, I studied at the London School of Economics – specialising in the economics of industry – followed by post graduate study at Birkbeck College, London. I then embarked on a 20 year career as a professional economist culminating in the role of Chief Economist and Head of its Economics Group for the National Farmers’ Union, working at very senior levels with government and the European Commission.
In 1995 I joined the Economics Group of the Cranfield School of Management as a senior lecturer in business economics and was also appointed Director of the MBA Programme and also Director of MBA Admissions. At the same time I was retained as a government academic adviser and over the years have been involved in the production of a steady stream of economic and strategic reports for leading companies primarily in the area of food and farming. I was fortunate to gain a reputation as an effective communicator which has resulted in regular invitations to speak at conferences and provide media interviews.
I retired from Cranfield at the end of September 2011 to concentrate on my consultancy business; Sean Rickard Ltd. which provides independent economic analysis primarily relating to food and farming. I am also continuing to teach and I might now find the time to write a second book to join my first book, The Economics of Organizations and Strategy, published by McGraw-Hill.