Tom Clougherty

Tom Clougherty

Executive Director at IEA

Tom Clougherty is Executive Director and Ralph Harris Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

He joined the IEA in December 2023, having spent nearly two decades holding senior roles at free market think tanks on each side of the Atlantic.

Clougherty has a strong research background, with a particular focus on tax reform, international competitiveness, and economic growth. He has written and spoken on a wide range of policy issues, and has appeared extensively across broadcast and print media.

Before joining the IEA, Tom was research director and head of tax at the Centre for Policy Studies. He has also worked at the Cato Institute – as editorial director in its Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, and as managing editor of the Cato Journal – and at the Reason Foundation. Before he moved to the United States in 2012, Tom was executive director of the Adam Smith Institute.

Tom lives in London with his wife and son and, in his spare time, is a keen golfer. He has a law degree from the University of Cambridge.