Tim Evans

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Dr Tim Evans is Professor of Business and Political Economy at Middlesex University London.1 In 2017 he was also Senior Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute (ASI), and Chairman of the Economic Policy Centre (EPC).1 Both are British libertarian think tanks, with the former having received tobacco industry funding.2 Evans has strongly opposed UK tobacco control regulations.


Evans is the former Director of Development of the Stockholm Network, a collection of pan-European think tanks.3
From 2002 to 2005, Evans was President and Director-General of now defunct Brussels-based think tank Centre for the New Europe.4 The think tank focused on EU issues and was dissolved in 2009.5
Before joining the Brussels-based think tank, Evans was employed as Executive Director of Public Affairs at the Independent Healthcare Association in London, from 1993 to early 2002.4 The organisation, which represented the interests of the independent UK healthcare sector, seized to exist in 2004 when it merged with English Care.6
Prior to his appointment with the Independent Healthcare Association, Evans briefly worked as Chief Economic and Political Advisor to Jan Carnogursky, then the Slovak Prime Minister.4
In the late 1980s, Evans worked as Press Officer and Senior Policy Consultant at the ASI.4
Evans also previously worked with The Foundation for Defence Studies (now defunct), Global Health Futures (also defunct), and Westminster Associate (defunct).7


According to Evans’ profile on the ASI website4, Evans is also CEO of the Cobden Centre, Chairman of Global Health Futures Ltd, Managing Director of Farsight SPI Ltd, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Evans was also on the Advisory Board of Nurses for Reform, which is run by his wife, Dr Helen Evans. 8
Evans was President of the Libertarian Alliance from 2006 until he resigned in February 2011 citing ‘a need to rebalance his business and personal interests’.7 In 2014 he still retained 49 per cent shareholding in the Alliance.7

Against Display Bans and Plain Packaging

In March 2011, Evans (in his capacity as chairman of the EPC) was one of 11 signatories of a Letter to the Editor to the Daily Telegraph attacking the Government’s position on tobacco control and arguing against further restrictions including plain tobacco packaging, and the point at sale display ban.9
Other signatories included:9

In the letter, the authors argued that the proposed tobacco regulations did not match the government’s promise to ‘defeat the enemies of enterprise’. They further argued that the regulations would make life more difficult for tobacconists and newsagents, and would make it easier for illicit tobacco to be sold. No evidence was given to support their claims.
This letter is a classic example of the tobacco industry’s third party techniques, which is further explained on our page Arguments and Language.

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  1. abMiddlesex University London, Our people: Dr Tim Evans, undated, accessed October 2017
  2. J. Doward, Health groups dismayed by news ‘big tobacco’ funded rightwing thinktanks, The Observer, 1 June 2013, accessed October 2017
  3. Archived version of Stockholm Network website,accessed 9 June 2011
  4. abcdeAdam Smith Institute, Dr Tim Evans, ASI website, undated, accessed October 2017
  5. Centre for the New Europe, Linkedin profile, undated, accessed October 2017
  6. Sourcewatch, Independent Healthcare Association, last modified 17 January 2004, accessed October 2017
  7. abcTim Evans, Libertarian Alliance website, undated, accessed October 2017
  8. Powerbase, Nurses for Reform, last modified 8 December 2010, accessed October 2017
  9. abEnemies of enterprise seek controls on tobacco, Letter to the Editor, The Telegraph, 9 March 2011, accessed October 2017