David Smith is The Sunday Times’ Economics Editor, where he has resided since 1989. He is also chief lead-writer, policy advisor and an assistant editor.
Described as Britain's 'foremost economic journalist', he has won a number of awards, including the Harold Wincott award for Senior Financial Journalist of the Year (2004) the 2013 Economics Commentator of the Year Award and, more recently, the 2014 Business Journalist of the Year Award in the London Press Awards.
Born in the West Midlands, David Smith was introduced to economics while at West Bromwich Grammar School. He then studied further at Cardiff University, Oxford University and London. He started work life as an economic report writer for Lloyds Bank, before moving to a forecasting role at the Henley Centre. He then became an economics/business writer for Now! magazine, economics/deputy editor for Financial Weekly before moving to News International as economics correspondent for The Times in 1984. In 1989, he transferred to its sister publication The Sunday Times as Economics Editor and has since expanded his role to include Policy Advisor and Assistant Editor.
David writes monthly columns for Estates Gazette and Tax Journal. He is a regular contributor to Quantum and other publications, and is the author of several publications including The Rise and Fall of Monetarism; Mrs Thatcher’s Economics, North and South, From Boom to Bust, UK Current Economic Policy, Eurofutures, Will Europe Work?, Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics, The Dragon & the Elephant: China, India and the New World Order, The Age of Instability: The Global Financial Crisis and What Comes Next, and Something Will Turn Up, Britain’s Economy Past, Present and Future.
David is an honorary visiting professor at both Nottingham and Cardiff University, and has lectured at Nottingham’s campuses in Malaysia and Ningbo China.