Chamberlain Walker

Our Team

Our Team

Chris Walker

Chris is an experienced economist, prolific writer and thought leader. He has a strong track record of managing analytical programmes, producing and authoring reports for one of the country’s leading think tanks, and delivering commissioned reports freelance. He has advised a number of public affairs agencies and is an Associate of  WPI Strategy.

Before setting up ChamberlainWalker, Chris spent two years as Head of Housing, Planning and Urban Policy at the think tank Policy Exchange (2014-16). Here Chris led a broad programme of work covering housing supply, the planning system, and affordable housing. He authored a number of publications and his work has been covered extensively in the media, including by The Economist.

Before Policy Exchange, Chris was a Senior Economic Adviser in the Government Economic Service. His civil service career spanned 12 years across a number of Departments, including HM Treasury. At the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) he led the affordable housing analytical programme which led to a successful £3bn bid in the 2013 Spending Review, as well as the analysis and modelling for the flagship Right to Buy policy.

Chris has an MSc in Economics from York University and a BA in Economics from Reading University.


Paul Chamberlain

Paul is a respected economist with extensive experience of delivering high profile projects at national and local levels. He has played a key role in all the major housing and planning policy reforms of the last decade. He is also a director of Forward Swindon, the company responsible for driving economic development and regeneration in Swindon’s town centre.

Before setting up ChamberlainWalker, Paul was a Senior Civil Servant and Deputy Director of Analytical Services at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). He also worked in a number of other policy and analytical roles as a member of the Government Economic Service, covering taxation, housing, planning, local growth and local government issues.

From 2015-16 Paul headed a team of analysts responsible for devolution (development of Strategic Economic Plans), integration (Casey Review and Cohesive Communities programme), deregulation (reducing the cost of regulation to business) and appraisal (including senior analyst on the Department’s financial scrutiny committee). Before this he was Deputy Director for housing, planning and local growth analysis, also at DCLG (from 2009-2015).

Paul has a Master’s in Economics from Kent University and was a policy fellow at Cambridge University’s Centre for Science and Policy from 2012-2014.