Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE
Director of the Institute for Government
Peter took up the Directorship at the Institute for Government on 1st January 2012. He was previously a Senior Fellow at the Institute and divided his time here with his work for the Detainee Inquiry, a privy counsellor panel looking at whether the British Government was implicated in the improper treatment of detainees held by other countries (a role from which he resigned at the end of 2011 to concentrate on work at the Institute). At the Institute, he co-authored reports on transitions and ministerial effectiveness and has been closely involved in work on political and constitutional reform.
Until mid-2010, Peter was a journalist for nearly 40 years, split between the Financial Times and The Times, where he had been their domestic political analyst and commentator. He has been a regular broadcaster, has written seven books and delivered frequent lectures. He chaired the Hansard Society, a non-partisan charity which promoters understanding of Parliament and representative democracy, for five years until mid-2012. Peter has received two honorary doctorates of literature, is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an Honorary Fellow of the Political Studies Association and was one of the first recipients of the President’s medal of the British Academy. He was appointed to the Privy Council in July 2010 in order to serve on the Detainee Inquiry and was made a CBE in the June 2012 Birthday Honours List. He carried out the triennial review of the Committee on Standards in Public Life for the Cabinet Office in late 2012.
Julian joined the Institute in July 2009 from the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit where he was Deputy Director. He started his career at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where he spent eight years and published work on the UK's personal taxation and welfare system.
He leads the Institute’s work on financial leadership for government, fiscal policy and consolidations and is a spokesperson on all areas of our work. He is our expert on:
- Whitehall reform and performance
- Financial leadership for government
- Spending Review and Budget
- Fiscal consolidations and international experience of them.
He also led the Institute's research programme on corporate taxation and business investment issues.
Previously in government, Julian led work on social mobility, welfare policies and economics. While at the Strategy Unit, among other things Julian led the process spanning 11 government departments that culminated in the 2009 New Opportunities White Paper, and ran Tony Blair's Fundamental Savings Review. His other experience in government includes two spells in HM Treasury, and as a Special Adviser at the Department for Work and Pensions.
Prior to this, he taught public economics at University College London and worked at Frontier Economics, one of the UK's leading economic consultancies, where he helped expand the public policy practice.
Julian is a regular commentator on all issues relating to the effectiveness of government, most recently for the Today Programme, Sky News and BBC News on the Spending Round 2013 and Radio 4 programme ‘Analysis’ on tax policy.
Director, Finance and Operations
Gareth joined the Institute in February 2011 from Penrose where he was Director of Business and Finance. Prior to that, he was Head of Finance at Shelter.
Gareth completed his accountancy training at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and prior to moving into the not-for-profit sector, worked in PwC's banking practice. Gareth has extensive experience of working at senior levels across the not-for-profit and private sectors. He has significant experience of charity accounting, regulation and governance.
Gareth manages the development of business and finance controls, and budget management and reporting at the Institute, as well as looking at business development opportunities, and maintaining strong governance and regulatory compliance.
Jo joined the Institute in April 2015 and leads the Institute’s work on public services. This currently includes projects on the local delivery of public services, public service markets and decentralisation in England. Jo has spent the last 15 years conducting research on public services, welfare-to-work, employment and skills, disadvantaged groups in the labour market and work-life balance issues. Prior to joining the Institute, Jo was a Director at Nesta for three and a half years, leading the organisation’s research on public services and innovation for social outcomes.
Before joining Nesta, Jo was Director of Research at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion for five years, where she led the organisation's research work, conducting high-profile research and evaluations for central government, local government and charities. She has also been a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Employment Studies and a Researcher at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion. Jo has an MA from the University of Cambridge, an MSc from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her PhD compared the Clinton welfare reforms in the US and the Labour Government's welfare reforms in the UK, and their effects on work and poverty.
Emma joined the Institute in July 2012 and has led work on effective policymaking and implementation, and ministerial development.
Prior to joining the Institute, she was an Associate Director in the RSA’s public policy team, working on a range of issues including public service reform, social exclusion and governance. Emma has also worked as a Research Fellow at IPPR on social policy, and she is a former President of Oxford University Student Union.
She has been a commentator both in print and on the radio, for outlets including the Guardian, the Today Programme, Sky News and Civil Service World.
Jill directs the Institute’s work on better policy making and arm’s length government. She is an experienced former senior civil servant, having worked in HM Treasury, Number 10 and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). She is an expert commentator on:
- How governments make policy
- General Civil Service issues including minister-Civil Service relations
- Budgets and tax policy more generally
- Governments and sustainable development
- Government and business
- Quangos (ALB’s).
Jill is co-author of the Institute’s work on making policy better, policy success and innovation in policy processes as well as how to manage relationships with arm’s length bodies.
Before joining the Institute, Jill was Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development at Defra, Previous Civil Service jobs included periods as Treasury Communications Director, in private office and as the policy lead on tax, development and local government finance, as well as a period in the Number 10 Policy Unit. She also worked for BP for six years.
Jill is a frequent blogger, drawing both on IfG research and her wider experience. She is a regular commentator on Civil Service and policymaking for radio and television and has appeared on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, World at One, Beyond Westminster and most recently, Start the Week and the Today programme.
Daniel joined the Institute in April 2015, after more than two decades of experience in the UK and international public service. Daniel began his career in the Foreign Office, and subsequently worked in Parliament, HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office, 10 Downing Street and as a Director in the Department for Communities and Local Government. From 2009 until 2015, he worked in Switzerland for Gavi, a public-private partnership that funds immunisation in developing countries. Daniel leads on the Institute’s Civil Service-facing work.
Dr Hannah White
Hannah joined the Institute in May 2014, originally on secondment from the House of Commons. She now leads the Institute’s work on Parliament and the relationship between scrutiny and effective government.
She has more than 10 years' experience in Parliament and the Civil Service, most recently running the Committee on Standards on Public Life in the Cabinet Office, and the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the House of Commons. Previously she was Private Secretary to the Clerk and Chief Executive of the House of Commons and worked in the Public Bill Office, running legislative committees and advising on parliamentary procedure.
She began her career in academia, teaching historical and social geography at the University of Cambridge, where she completed her undergraduate degree and PhD.