Mark Gregory is EY’s Chief economist in the UK. In a career spanning over 3 decades he has advised Governments and businesses in over 40 countries on economic policy issues, specialising in the liberalisation, regulation and commercialisation of the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. Prior to joining EY he was Global head of Strategy for IBM’s Wireless Consulting business. For the last 5 years, he has led EY’s sports economics practice which has advised the Premier League, the ECB, international Cycling Union, Rugby World Cup on the economic issues affecting their sport, with a wide range of published reports. He is also an advisor to the Centre for Towns, an independent thinktank set up to increase awareness of geographic divides in the UK. He is a lifelong Stoke City supporter.