Jeff Oughton

In mid 2009, Jeff Oughton set up Economics & Beyond to provide economic and financial policy advice, modelling and forecasting, commentary and presentations to a wide range of stakeholders – business, government, industry groups and retail and wholesale investors.

With a rare mix of formal qualifications and practical experience and own entertaining personal style, Jeff has successfully presented on economic and financial issues in a wide range of forum and across diverse stakeholders for the past 30 years.

Current Related Activities

Apart from Economics & Beyond, Jeff is a Principal of the Financial Institutions & Markets Advisory– a team of highly experienced and multi-discipline practitioners that specialise in risk governance, compliance & oversight, regulatory and business reviews, corporate structuring, relationship management, financial modelling and M&A activities.

Jeff is also a Visiting Fellow of Macquarie University at the Applied Finance Centre and currently teaches economics and financial markets to post graduate students throughout Australasia.

Previous Roles

For almost seventeen years, Jeff led Nab’s Australian Economics & Industry Intelligence team that monitors and forecasts economic and financial conditions; and assesses macroeconomic and industry opportunities and risks for Nab and its customers in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US. He also specialised in competition policy and the supervision of the financial system-including representations to Parliamentary inquiries in Australia and the UK. He was also involved in a range of strategic activities at Nab as well as operational issues including product and customer management, margin lending and credit and other risk management. He presented on economic and financial issues across a wide range of forums-including boards, management committees, small, medium and emerging businesses, financial and non-financial corporates, industry associations and retail/household groups across all parts of the economy and financial system.

Before joining Nab in 1992, Jeff spent over ten years with the Reserve Bank of Australia, working in both economic analysis and financial markets. This included over two years as the Reserve Bank Deputy Chief Representative in New York, involved in day-to-day management of Australia’s US dollar reserves and oversight of Reserve Bank foreign exchange activities in that time zone.

Jeff was also CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association seconded from the Nab during 2000/2001 to conduct a strategic review of its activities, following the “cash for comments affair”. In this role, he laid the groundwork for an Industry Disability Action Plan with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission to address the concerns with access to financial services of older people and people with disabilities. As a key representative of the banking and financial system, he engaged in dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders including government, supervisors, customers and the general community and across all medias.

Academic Qualifications & Affiliations-Economics, Business, Banking & Finance

Jeff received a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Newcastle University in 1980 and obtained a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management in 1986. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Banking and Finance and a member of the forecasting committee for Tourism Australia. He has taught economics and finance for the Securities Institute of Australia, the University of NSW and the Bankers’ Administrative Staff College.