The Economic Advisory Group

Established by Arlene Foster (then Minister of Enterprise, Trade & Investment) in 2010, the EAG comprises a focused group of experts with backgrounds in economics, business and skills. Its primary role is to provide independent advice to the DETI Minister, aimed at challenging and developing public policy and strategic thinking on the Northern Ireland economy.

The group is chaired by Ellvena Graham, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of ESB and former head of Ulster Bank NI.

The panel

EAG includes a number of high-profile independent economists, business leaders from indigenous and foreign-owned companies in Northern Ireland, the Invest NI Chairman and the Northern Ireland Adviser on Employment and Skills.

Latest news

Bridget Rosewell appointed to EAG panel

Bridget Rosewell was welcomed on to the EAG panel last week as its newest member. A professional economist and business woman, Bridget brings a wealth of experience to the role. She has founded several economic [...]

Michael Ryan to receive honorary degree from UU

EAG panellist Michael Ryan is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Ulster for services to business and corporate social responsibility. He is one of twelve individuals chosen for their leadership, progressive thinking and integrity [...]

Minister Bell appoints Ellvena Graham as new chair of EAG

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell today announced the appointment of Ellvena Graham as the new chair of the Northern Ireland Economic Advisory Group (EAG). Ellvena Graham succeeds Dame Kate Barker, DBE and will take up the [...]

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Research & policy advice

One of the EAG’s key roles is to identify the need for, and commission, economic research and policy advice where appropriate and to publish an annual review of the economy for the DETI Minister and other ministers in the NI Executive.

Recent publications

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The EAG holds around four meetings each year. Ministers or representatives from other Northern Ireland Executive departments may be invited to attend these meetings. All minutes are published on this site.

Latest minutes


10 December 2015 meeting

Colin Sullivan from DFP gave a presentation on the progress of Government Reform, while Joe Reynolds from OFMDFM gave a short presentation on the progress of PfG, followed by a panel discussion. The Group discussed the Competitiveness Summary, Corporation Tax and the future work programme.


29 September 2015 meeting

The Group discussed the Programme for Government, the Access to Finance update, the Cost of Doing Business report, the Competitiveness Summary and the Export Matters paper.


18 June 2015 meeting

The group discussed the Access to Finance paper and the Programme for Government.


14 April 2015 meeting

The group discussed Corporation Tax, the future of early stage and growth finance in Northern Ireland, the Access to Finance paper and the Programme for Government.

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