Nicki Hutley is a highly experienced economist, with broad-based expertise in both macroeconomics and microeconomic policy gained over more than three decades in financial and investment markets and in economic consulting. She is particularly interested in the intersection of economy, society and environment.
After many years in the corporate world, including most recently as a partner with Deloitte Access Economics, Nicki is now an independent economist and keynote speaker. She also consults with Social Outcomes, measuring impact using triple bottom line Cost Benefit Analysis. In 2020, she was appointed as a Councillor for the Climate Council.
Nicki is the President of the Economics Society of Australia (NSW Branch), and an economic adviser to One Million Women and the Financy Women’s Index. She is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker on a range of issues and also a frequent commentator in the media. She is a regular guest on both The Drum and The Project.
She has been advising clients across the private, public and third sectors, helping to demonstrate impact and to advocate for policy change. Her work has encompassed a wide range of policy issues including energy efficiency, climate hazards, housing affordability, infrastructure investment, gender equity, modern slavery, early education needs, and disability support. Nicki is also a skilled program evaluator, and offers a range of services:
- Economic modelling, policy and strategic analysis, applied across a wide range of investment and policy areas but with a focus on climate and social impact policies and programs
- Cost Benefit Analysis, Social Return on Investment
- Program evaluation and program logic development
- Stakeholder engagement
- Communication skills, including the ability to present complex ideas to both sophisticated and lay audiences, as demonstrated by excellence in report writing and frequent requests to present to both small groups and conference audiences and electronic media.
Other consulting roles include Chief Economic Adviser to the Customer-Owned Banking Association, JANA Investments Sustainability Advisory Committee, and the Financy Women’s Index advisory board.
Nicki holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia. In 2021, she was elected President of the NSW Branch of the Economics Society of Australia. She is also a committee member of the Australian Business Economists.