Mark Cockburn joined CEPA as a director in 2002 after gaining more than a decade’s experience in the consultancy practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London. A Cambridge University educated economist by background, he has developed significant expertise from working on economic, competition, regulatory policy and finance issues in both developed and emerging markets.
CEPA’s clients benefit from Mark’s senior input and direction across the all the firm’s areas of practice. Leading multiple project teams, he has ultimate responsibility for the quality of the work delivered to clients. Therefore, he actively contributes to the methodology, analysis and challenges findings to ensure that CEPA’s work provides some of the best economic and policy advice that is available.
Mark has advised governments, regulators, private companies and investors about a broad range of significant, £multi-billion matters. In particular, he is recognised as a pre-eminent advisor with regard to the design of innovative financing facilities and other investment vehicles for the delivery of infrastructure services.
Leading the firm’s strategic development, Mark works closely with clients, CEPA’s Board, other directors and staff to ensure that adequate resources and the right expertise is available to clients across the firm’s global offices. He has a first class BSc (Hons) in Economics and Politics (Bristol) and a MPhil in Economics (Cambs).
Recent News & insights
Global Infrastructure Hub publishes guidance on infrastructure banks
Guidance has been published to assist governments interested in establishing, or reforming, a national infrastructure bank or a similar financing facility.
A guidance tool for National Infrastructure Banks and related facilities
We developed a reference tool which examined areas where National Infrastructure Banks could play a catalytic role.
Mobilising finance for infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia
Our research for DFID highlighted the need for public institutions to create bankable infrastructure projects to unlock funds available from the private sector.
Financing UK infrastructure
Our review of private financing for infrastructure contributed to the national infrastructure debate on what role the public and private sectors should have in developing...
Strategic support to the Private Infrastructure Development Group
We advised the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to focus on addressing project development constraints and facilitate local currency finance under its new Five-Year Strategic Plan.
Global Infrastructure Hub Consultation
A draft guidance note developed by the Global Infrastructure Hub in collaboration with CEPA, has been published for consultation.
RIIO-1 price control framework and performance review
Ahead of the RIIO-2 price controls, Ofgem wanted to gather insights on the outcomes of the RIIO-1 regulatory framework. At the end of 2017, the regulator commissioned CEPA to review the RIIO price control framework applied to the first set of RIIO price controls.
Expert advice on cost of capital issues in the telecoms sector
We provided expert advice to Ofcom on cost of capital issues in the telecoms sector.
Open Access funding for publication system in Switzerland
CEPA was asked by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to recommend a funding model that would allow for a complete transition to an Open Access (OA) publication system in Switzerland by 2020-2024.
Financing the Universal Postal Service
We have helped Ofcom (and previously Postcomm) think through how best to ensure that Royal Mail is able to deliver the Universal Service in a financially sustainable manner.
Economic assessment of the Future Charging Model for cheque processing
Cheque and Credit Clearing Company (C&CCC) appointed CEPA to provide an economic assessment of the proposed funding and charging methodology for this new Image Clearing System (ICS).
Support to higher education institutions during negotiations with publishers of academic journals
CEPA provided support to the JISC Collections to help them conduct negotiations on behalf of the UK's higher education institutions.
Review of Leased Lines Charge Review Model
CEPA were asked by Ofcom to carry out a review of its 2016 Leased Lines Charge Control modelling developed for the purpose of setting charge controls for the three years from 2016/17 to 2018/19.
Modelling the economics of academic publishing for the Publishing Research Consortium
CEPA was commissioned for a study on the economics of academic publishing.
Review of Digital Terrestrial Television decision for TV3
CEPA advised privately owned television channel TV3 on competition issues related to transmission charges for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT)...
Review of financial models for Postcomm
Postcomm asked CEPA to review two of its financial models, to improve their robustness and confidence in their results. One of the models was to be published, making it particularly important that the model was well-designed and reliable.