Director of Communications and Events
Nadine comes to the Institute with 15 years experience in news and PR. Her career began in local radio news and since then she has had extensive experience of working in Whitehall communications departments. She also led the PR functions for three major public inquiries and completed an MA in Journalism. Most recently she was Chief Press Officer and then Head of Strategic Media Campaigns at the Cabinet Office.
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, 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 will be be working on 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.
Senior Receptionist and PA
Justina joined the Institute in May 2011. She graduated from University in 2008 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Administration. Before joining the Institute Justina worked at a City Learning Centre, in which she carried out administration, finance and PA based duties.
Mike joined the Institute in January 2009. He previously worked as the Senior Systems Administrator for the venture capital firm Amadeus Capital Partners. He is a certified project manager (Association for Project Management) and also holds a Masters degree in Archaeology.
Events and Communications Coordinator
Candice joined the Institute in June 2011. She has over 10 years experience of working in events departments and receptionist roles for Atlantic Records (Warner Music Group), Defected Records and also Capital Quality (the Investors In People London quality centre). She has extensive experience in organising social / club events and corporate events.
Kerry joined the Institute in November 2008 as Executive Assistant to David Halpern and Zoe Gruhn. In November 2010 she transferred to the Events Team. She has a Professional Certificate in Management from Open University. Kerry has over 14 years' experience working with Senior / Board Directors. She has a varied background in Central and Local Government, and has also worked at the BBC and English Heritage.
Loren joined the Institute in May 2009. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree whilst working part-time as a receptionist at Cigar clothing boutique in Cape Town, South Africa. Loren has a Diploma in Events Management.
Learning and Development Consultant
Katie Thorpe is a learning and development consultant working in both public and private sectors. Prior to starting her own business she spent 13 years at professional services firm Deloitte, training first as an auditor and then moving to the global learning group. While there she worked as a learning designer, facilitator and coach, with responsibility for running international learning programs.
Her work with the Institute includes creating a masterclass programme for the Transforming Whitehall project, and supporting workshops on engaging with policy-makers for academic researchers.
Head of Partnerships and Development
Ellen joined the Institute in June 2011. She has a background in Business and Politics publishing, having previously worked as Commissioning Editor for John Wiley & Sons. At Wiley, she successfully developed a new business publishing programme, managed relationships with leading authors, and built several high-profile partnerships with businesses and non-profit organisations. Prior to that, she was Commissioning Editor for politics & economics books at the independent publisher Zed Books, and Assistant Editor for politics books at Polity. She holds an MA in Social & Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Michael joined the Institute in May 2008. He has conducted cross-government research into organisational behaviour, machinery of government changes, and information technology. His current research focuses on behaviour change and public policy-making. Previously, he was at RAND Europe (a not-for-profit public policy research institute), specialising in futures thinking and performance management. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Cambridge University.
Miguel joined the institute in November 2011. He leads the Institute’s work on economic growth in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Strathclyde.
Miguel is an economist with extensive experience of working and influencing policy-focused environments. He has played a variety of roles at the heart of Government (providing advice to the Treasury, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, and No10); in Government departments (as a strategy advisor to the Department for Education); outside Government, as a leading economist in the Institute for Public Policy Research, an advisor to foreign think tanks, and an economics commentator in the international media.
Miguel’s research interests include the drivers of income determination and growth; the economics of the welfare state; and the political economy of institutional reform.
Catherine is the Institute’s resident historian. She joined the Institute in November 2008 from academia. She leads the Institute’s work on the history of Whitehall and reform and on managing changes of government. Catherine is an expert commentator on:
- The history of government, reform units and Civil Service reform
- Managing general elections and changes of government
- Constitutional issues of Whitehall and executive government
- The history of Number 10 and how Prime Ministers and Cabinet Secretaries operate
- Government archives and records
- National security organisation and crisis management
- Policy making in opposition
Catherine has also worked on our Transforming Whitehall Departments programme.
Previously Catherine was a lecturer on security and intelligence history, taught contemporary British history and worked as a historian and researcher contributing to various publications for the Cabinet War Rooms’ Churchill Museum and for media outlets. Catherine is also very interested in improving the way in which academics engage with policy and government.
Catherine has brought an historical angle to the Institute’s blog and our evidence for more effective government. She advises and gives evidence to parliamentary select committees. She has featured on radio, at party conferences, is an experienced panellist and is regularly cited in newspapers. She has written articles for various academic and non-academic journals, including Civil Service World and Total Politics.
Peter is a former Whitehall Director and he leads our work on Civil Service Reform, working closely with senior leaders in Whitehall as they strive to make Whitehall better – not just cheaper.
He is our expert on:
- Civil service reform – current and past
- Performance Management/Delivery
- Role of the centre/corporate leadership
- Change leadership in the public sector.
Previously Peter was Director of Strategy and Change at the Ministry of Justice – helping them develop a strategy to transform justice whilst reducing the cost of the Ministry by 25%.
Prior to that he was Director of the Capability Review programme in the Cabinet Office. He led the project from its inception to implementation. Other roles include Director then interim Head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit.
Peter is a regular commentator on civil service reform, most recently for BBC Daily Politics and Guardian.
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 the Treasury, No.10 and 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 No.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 policy making 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.
James joined the Institute in 2010 from PricewaterhouseCoopers. He leads the Institute’s work on transformational change in Whitehall as the Civil Service seeks to make major savings following the Spending Review.
He is an expert commentator on:
- Change leadership in the Civil Service
- Civil Service reform
- Improving Government IT.
James was the lead author of Transforming Whitehall: leading major change in Whitehall departments. He also worked at the Institute on Transforming the Civil Service and System Error: Fixing the Flaws in Government IT.
Previously, James worked on public service reform at Demos and the former Department for Education and Skills Innovation Unit. He then spent five years in consulting at GHK Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers advising on schools, further education and early years. James is also a school governor at a primary school in Haringey.
Consultant Director, Leadership for Government
Zoe joined the Institute in December 2008 as the Director of Learning and Development. She was previously with HSBC where she was Global Head of Leadership & Learning for Global Finance. Prior to that, she was Head of Leadership Transformation Services and then Head of the Executive and Team Coaching Practice at Hay Group. She has extensive experience of working at senior levels across the public and private sectors including top team and leadership development and coaching CEOs, board members and government ministers.
She is an expert commentator on:
- Leadership for government
- Ministerial effectiveness
- Development for MPs
- Development for special advisers
- Non-executive directors.
She has been a visiting fellow at Cranfield University for ten years and a visiting lecturer at the University of Reading. She ran leadership workshops at the World Economic Forum and has a strong interest in providing fresh perspectives and approaches to developing leadership capability.
Zoe is currently working on the research and development of politicians for the Institute. She has recently co-authored a publication on The Challenges of being a Minister and on the impact of NEDs on Whitehall Boards.
Director of Research
Tom joined the Institute in January 2008 from the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. He oversees the Institute’s research programme and leads the Institute’s work on public service reform, looking at attempts to improve public service performance in the UK and worldwide. Tom is the Institute’s expert on:
- Public service reform
- Government outsourcing and contracting
- Choice, competition and public service markets
- Changes in local democracy - elected mayors and police and crime commissioners.
- Improving government IT and why some government IT projects fail.
Tom has also worked at the Institute on transforming Whitehall departments, performance management, and arm’s-length bodies (QUANGOs).
Previously Tom was a senior crime policy adviser in Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit, a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and an independent adviser to international governments on crime policy and public management. He remains passionate about crime policy and continues to contribute widely to debates on crime and justice issues in a personal capacity. Tom’s book on crime Crime Fictions will be published with Penguin, Allen Lane next year.
Tom is a regular commentator for radio, print and television, most recently on BBC Newsnight on decentralisation and on Radio 4’s Today Programme on the government contracting scandals.
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 for Government’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 lead 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 the 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.
Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE
Director of the Institute for Government
Peter Riddell 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 last year to concentrate on the IfG). 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 chairs the Hansard Society, a non-partisan charity which promoters understanding of Parliament and representative democracy. He will be stepping down from this role in the next few months. 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.
Nicola joined the Institute in 2013 and leads the ‘Connecting Policy with Practice’ programme, bringing together government policy makers with voluntary sector service providers. Prior to this Nicola was Senior Policy Officer at Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. During her time at Shelter, she led Shelter’s policy development and influencing strategies on a number of issues, including mortgage regulation, arrears and repossessions, intermediate tenure and property taxation. Before joining Shelter, Nicola worked as a research intern at Demos, and has also held positions at Acas, DWP and LB Tower Hamlets.
Gavin joined the Institute in August 2013 and his work is currently focused on Whitehall Monitor and transparency in government contracts. He was previously political adviser on culture, media and sport to Harriet Harman MP and, before that, deputy director of the Orwell Prize and senior researcher at the Media Standards Trust. He holds an undergraduate degree in Modern History and Politics from the University of Oxford (2007) and a masters degree in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from UCL and Queen Mary, University of London (2012).
Petr’s work at the Institute focuses on the Whitehall Monitor and on financial leadership in government. Petr holds an MPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford and a BA in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University in the United States. He joined the Institute in April 2012. Prior to this he worked at the Open Society Fund in Prague, focusing on good governance. He has also worked with a national chapter of Transparency International and provided research assistance to a University of Oxford project on parliamentary politics.
Josh joined the Institute in July 2012. Prior to this he was parliamentary researcher for Steve Webb, Minister of State for Pensions, covering a wide range of issues but focused on welfare and pensions policy. His work at the Institute centres primarily on a new project looking at ministerial and civil service accountabilities. Josh graduated from Oxford University in 2010 with a degree in history and politics, and has subsequently pursued further studies in economics.
Robyn joined the Institute in August 2013. Her work at the Institute has focused on coalition governments and how the civil service works with political parties. Prior to joining the Institute she worked for a public affairs consultancy advising clients from the social housing, green energy and property development sectors. She has a BA in History from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Public Policy from the University of Bristol.
Nehal joined the Institute in July 2012. Previously, she was a Graduate Associate in PwC’s Government and Public Sector Advisory Practice where she worked on projects across the social housing, regeneration and health sectors. She then worked at Demos and the British Council where she contributed to research on radicalism, community cohesion and education. Her work at the Institute focuses on new models of governance and public services. She holds a MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a BA History degree from UCL.
Jonathan joined the Institute in June 2012. Prior to this he was the Projects Coordinator for the New City Initiative, a membership group examining ways to better regulate the independent financial sector. Before that he was a Thouron Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, studying for a Masters in Public Administration. He has also worked in journalism and publishing and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge.
Jonathan Stephens became Permanent Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) at the beginning of October 2006. As Permanent Secretary, Jonathan leads DCMS civil servants responsible for such major projects in 2012 as the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Diamond Jubilee and digital switchover, as well as key policy areas which touch on British life, including the arts, culture, sport, the creative industries, tourism, broadcasting, technology and broadband.Jonathan has said he sees DCMS as like the Tardis – deceptively small from the outside, but with a huge reach to improve the quality of life for all.
Jonathan has worked in a range of departments across Whitehall and the centre of government. The majority of his career was in the Northern Ireland Office where he was closely involved in the peace process throughout the 1990s, before moving to the Cabinet Office and then HM Treasury in 2001. Between 2004 and September 2006, he was Managing Director, Public Services at the Treasury, and was closely engaged with the current Comprehensive Spending Review and sat on the Treasury’s Board.
Jonathan is married with two children.
The Honourable Jocelyne Bourgon
Jocelyne Bourgon is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Administration at the University of Waterloo and the Center for International Governance Innovation as well as President Emeritus of the Canadian School of Public Service and special adviser to the Privy Council Office in Canada.
From 1989 Mrs Bourgon has held a number of senior positions in the Canadian government. In 1989 she became Deputy Minister and was responsible for the constitutional negotiations which led to the Charlottetown Accord in 1992. In 1994, she was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet; she was the 17th Clerk and the first woman to hold this position. From 1994 to 1999, she led the Public Service of Canada through some of its most important reforms since the 1940s. Following this, she served as President of the Canadian Centre for Management and in 2003 became Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Sir Andrew Cahn
Andrew Cahn has been Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) since March 2006. Previously, he twice worked in the FCO at the UK's Permanent Representation to the European Union and was Deputy Head of the European Secretariat in the Cabinet Office in the mid-nineties.
From 1984-1988 Andrew also worked for the European Commission where he was part of the team responsible for planning and delivering the 1992 Single Market Programme in the cabinet of Lord Cockfield. He returned to the Commission in 1997 as Chef de Cabinet (Chief of Staff) for Neil Kinnock, and Vice President of the Commission and European Commissioner for Transport. He joined British Airways in 2000 as their Director of Government and Industry Affairs and is also a Trustee of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
Michael Barber is an Expert Partner in McKinsey and Company's Global Public Sector Practice and head of its Global Education Practice. Prior to joining McKinsey he was (from 2001) Chief Adviser on Delivery to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Between 1997 and 2001, Michael Barber was Chief Adviser to the Secretary of State for Education on School Standards. Prior to joining government he was a Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Dr David Bennett
For the two years following the 2005 General Election until Tony Blair's resignation in 2007, David was the Prime Minister's Head of Policy and Strategy. Responsible for the Policy Unit in No. 10 and the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, his role was to oversee the development and implementation of domestic policy on the PM's behalf, with a particular focus on public service reform.
Before working at No. 10 David was a Director with McKinsey & Co. where he was co-founder of the Firm's European Utilities Practice and of its Global Business Technology Office.
Currently, David is Chairman of 'The 10 Partnership', a start-up company that provides strategic and operational support to the public sector, and a Non-Executive Director of GHK Holdings, an international consultancy providing policy advice and support to governments and multi-lateral funding agencies around the world.
Professor Vernon Bogdanor
Vernon Bogdanor CBE is Professor of Government at Oxford University, and a Visiting Professor Law at King's College, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Israel and Slovakia. His latest book, The New British Constitution, was published in 2009. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press. In 2008, he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Award by the Political Studies Association for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. In 2009 he was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by President Sarkozy. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford and an Honorary D. Litt. of the University of Kent.
Paul is Professor of Economics in the Department of Social Policy at the LSE. He has previously held academic posts at York, Newcastle, Sheffield and Imperial, and has been a visiting scholar at Princeton. There are two main themes to Paul's work. The first focuses on developing measures of subjective well-being that can be used in policy, particularly in the valuation of non-market goods and in ‘joining-up' the impact of changes in health, crime, the environment etc. The second considers ways in which the lessons from behavioural economics can be used to understand and change individual behaviour. This work is focussing on the important role that situational factors play in influencing our behaviour. Paul has published in top economics, psychology, health and social science journals and has won research grants from a range of funding bodies, including the ESRC, AHRC and the British Academy. He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Economics in 2002 for his contribution to health economics. Paul has been on many expert panels across government and he has advised various departments, including Defra, DH, DCLG and the Home Office, and he is currently chief academic adviser on economic appraisal for the Government Economic Service.
Dr Wendy Hirsh
Wendy has over twenty years experience in applied research and consultancy on employment issues. She was Associate Director at the Institute for Employment Studies, leading its work with employing organisations. Wendy now works freelance, in close association with IES and other centres of expertise in HR and organisational research, including a Visiting Chair at Kingston University. Her particular fields of interest are leadership, strategic workforce planning, succession and talent management and career development. These areas address the future needs of organisations; how they relate to the career interests of individuals and how leaders and managers develop the current and future workforce. Wendy works with many government departments and agencies as well as local authorities, the NHS and global corporations. Wendy has contributed to Institute research on the work challenges facing senior civil servants and the effectiveness of Departmental Boards.
Professor Robert Hazell CBE
Robert is director of the Constitution Unit in the School of Public Policy at UCL. After starting his career as a barrister he joined the Home Office as an administrator, and became a senior civil servant, working in police, prisons, immigration, race relations and broadcasting.
After 14 years in Whitehall, he became Director of the Nuffield Foundation in 1989, and left Nuffield to found the Constitution Unit in 1995. The Unit has produced almost 150 reports on every aspect of constitutional reform in the UK, including devolution, freedom of information, parliamentary reform and Lords reform, the Human Rights Act and new Supreme Court.
In 2009, Robert led a joint project with the Institute on Hung Parliaments and the Challenges for Westminster and Whitehall, which helped Whitehall prepare for the 2010 election and its aftermath.
Professor Andrew Kakabadse
Andrew Kakabadse is Professor of International Management Development at Cranfield School of Management. He has acted as Visiting Professor at a number of US, Australian and Chinese universities. From 2005-2006 Andrew was the H. Smith Richardson Fellow at the Centre for Creative Leadership, North Carolina, USA. Andrew is Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster, Ireland; Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia; Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA; Université Panthéon-Assas, France; Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. His areas of research cover boards and top teams, the governance of enterprises and the governance of governments, international relations and conflict resolution.
Jonathan McClory is an independent strategy consultant specialising in soft power, public diplomacy, cultural relations, place branding and creative industries. Jonathan previously led the place branding practice of the London-based creative agency Winkreative (the sister company of Monocle magazine). Prior to joining Winkreative, Jonathan worked as a consultant in the London office of the Boston Consulting Group. Before working in the private sector, Jonathan was Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government, where he remains an Associate. His work at the IfG spanned a number of areas including foreign policy strategies, effective leadership in government, strategic reform of central government, and transformational change in the public sector. While at the IfG, Jonathan developed the world's first composite index for measuring the soft power of nations. The results of the index are published jointly by the IfG and Monocle magazine on an annual basis.
Professor David MacLeod
David has a portfolio of responsibilities which include being a Non Executive Director of the Department for International Development, and of the Ministry of Justice. He is a visiting Professor of the Cass Business School and a Fellow of the Ashridge Business School. Early in his career he was Head of Marketing for the Dulux brand before going on to be Chief Executive of European and then Global businesses. He also spent a year and a half working in the Cabinet office. He has co-authored a book called the The Extra Mile on the theme of how to engage your people to win and is co-author of the MacLeod Report to Government called Engaging for Success.
Dr Barry Quirk
Barry has been the chief executive of a large and successful inner London borough (Lewisham) since 1994. Barry served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of HM Revenues & Customs (from 2002-6). He was an independent member of two capability reviews of HM Treasury (in 2001 and 2008). For five years to 2009, Barry was appointed by Government to be the national efficiency champion for local government. In 2007 he produced a landmark report for Government on the potential transfer of public assets to the community.
Barry has experience of managing twenty different elections using five different electoral systems. He has a PhD in political and social geography and is an author and regular lecturer on localism, public policy and public management.
Jon is a business psychologist and leadership coach with many years experience consulting and advising senior executives and boards in both public and private sectors as well as internationally. He is co-founder and director of the leadership and management development firm Stokes & Jolly. He trained and then worked for over 20 years as a psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic and Institute. His consulting work includes advising on inter-personal, group and organisational dynamics; designing and providing for the in-depth assessment and selection of senior executives; and assisting with the on-boarding of new senior hires. Current clients include professional service firms, private equity partnerships and advertising. Jon is a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Business School of Strathclyde University, a member of Faculty of Henley Business School, and teaches at Said Business School, Oxford University.
Colin is professor of public policy and management at Manchester Business School. He's been a specialist adviser to two Select Committees (Treasury and Public Administration) and many other national and international public bodies. He's been a guest speaker in over 20 countries and written dozens of academic and professional articles and authored, co-authored or edited several books. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Public Administration and also publishes the well-respected blog Whitehall Watch.
Emma joined the Institute in July 2012. Prior to this 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; as a human rights researcher in India; and is a former President of Oxford University Student Union. She holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Oxford University.
Nicholas Timmins is a senior fellow at the Institute for Government and the King’s Fund. Between 1996 and 2011 he was public policy editor of the Financial Times. He is also a visiting professor in social policy at the London School of Economics, and at King’s College, London in public management. He is a senior associate of the Nuffield Trust.
Sir Ian Magee
Until 2005, Ian was 2nd Permanent Secretary at the Department for Constitutional Affairs and Head of Profession for Operational Delivery for the whole Civil Service. He has been a CEO of three different Executive Agencies. Ian was a member of the Capability Review team for the Cabinet Office.
Ian has followed a portfolio career since leaving the civil service. For 5 years, he was a Senior Adviser to Booz & Company, international management consultants. He has chaired several Top Management Programmes and is an Executive Coach to senior civil servants and others. Current roles include chairing the Geographic Information Group, an Advisory Committee of BIS; and membership of two private sector Boards.
Ian conducted reviews of criminality information for the Home Secretary (2008) and the Legal Services Commission for the Justice Secretary (2010). Ian has a special interest in public sector leadership.
Nick has been the MP for Arundel & South Downs since May 2005.
In December 2005 Nick was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Police Reform. In July 2007 he was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice. In January 2009 he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Nick served as Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, working in both the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, from May 2010 until September 2012.
Dame Sandra Dawson
KPMG Professor of Management, Fellow of Sidney Sussex College.
BA (Keele Univ.), MA (Univ. of Cambridge), FIPH, FCGI, Hon DSc (Keele Univ.), CIM, DBE "in recognition of her contribution to higher education and management research".
Non-Executive Director of: FSA (from 2010); Oxfam (from 2006); Barclays plc (2003-2009); Rand Europe (UK) (2002-2003); Cambridge Econometrics (1996-2007); JPMorgan Fleming Claverhouse Investment Trust (1996-2003). Chair, Executive Steering Committee, ESRC Advanced Institute of Management.
Member of: SSRC Board, USA (2010-); Ministerial Sounding Board for the Fire and Rescue Service (2003-2009); Senior Salaries Review Body (1997-2003); DTI Future Unit Advisory Group (1998-2001); Board of Advisors, School of Public Policy, University College London (1999-2001); Committee of Advisors, The Diebold Institute; Entrepreneurship and Public Policy Project (1999); ESRC Research Priorities Board (2000-2003); HEFCE RAE Panel: Business and Management Studies (1996 and 2001 Assessments); King's Fund, Policy Group on the Future, Structure and Funding of Health Services in the UK (2000-2003); Management Board of the Centre for Management and Policy Studies, Cabinet Office (2000-2002); Advisory Board of Alchemy Partners (2000-2004); Board of Trustees, EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) (from 2003); EFMD: Programmes Steering Group (2000-2003); EQUIS Steering Committee: EFMD (from 2002); DTI Task Force: Accounting for People (2003); External Advisory Group, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford; UK India Round Table (from 2006).
Member of the Editorial Board of: Quality & Safety in Health Care, Clinician in Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Public Management.
53rd person to be inducted into the International Women's Forum Global Hall of Fame, in recognition of achievements, including guiding the successful development of Cambridge Judge Business School. Awarded the Honorary title of Companion of ABS (Association of Business Schools).
Professor Dawson was Director of Cambridge Judge Business School from 1995 to 2006, and prior to that was Professor of Organisational Behaviour (1990-1995) and Deputy Director of the Management School (1987-1994) at Imperial College, London University. Between 1999 and 2009 she was Master of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.
Organisational structure, leadership and change; technology transfer and knowledge sharing; health management and health policy.
Sandra Dawson is a member of the Organisational Behaviour subject group.
Marc joined the Institute in September 2012, prior to which he coordinated representation and democracy at the University of York Students’ Union. His research covers organisational capabilities in the Civil Service and the broader issues around Civil Service Reform. Marc contributed to the IfG report Transforming Whitehall, looking at the management of departmental change programmes and has been involved in setting up Connecting Policy With Practice: People Powered Change, a partnership with the Big Lottery Fund. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Hannah is a member of the Institute’s Autumn 2013 internship programme. Her work at the Institute centres primarily on a project looking at improving policy implementation. Hannah spent a year working in the Liberal Democrat’s Whips’ Offices in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, and graduated this summer from the University of Hull with a BA in British Politics and Legislative Studies.
Christina has worked in the Conservative Research Department, as a Special Adviser and latterly as Director of Candidates in CCHQ. Moving to the Leadership Centre for Local Government as senior special adviser she continued her research while working with political groups within local government. She has recently concluded a study on the training needs for newly elected Conservative MPs. In March 2010 Dominic Grieve QC MP appointed her his chief of staff.
Executive Assistant to Rt Hon Peter Riddell
Patricia joined the Institute in August 2009 from St Paul's Girls' School, having previously worked in the engineering, communications, construction and financial sectors. She has a degree in History from the Open University, and a long term interest in politics at local and national levels.
Lord Currie of Marylebone
David Currie served as the inaugural Chairman of Ofcom from July 2002 until March 2009. A well-known figure in international economic policy, David has published extensively in the field of government regulation of industry and on macroeconomic policy. He was Dean of Cass Business School (2001-2007), and Professor of Economics (1988-2000) and Deputy Dean (1992-95, 1999-2000) at London Business School and Director of its Centre for Economic Forecasting (1988-95) and Regulation Initiative (1995-2000).
David has previously served as Chairman of Independent Audit, on the Board of Abbey National and on the Board of Ofgem, as well as on a variety of UK government advisory bodies including the Treasury's Panel of Independent Forecasters. He is Chairman of Semperian Investment Partners, and a Board member of the Dubai Financial Services Authority, the Royal Mail, BDO Stoy Hayward and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. David also chairs a major project on innovation for NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).
Julian joined the Institute in October 2013. He was previously a business analyst with the Government of Ontario, where he worked on public service delivery models and provincial-municipal relations. His work at the Institute focuses on the management of change in the Civil Service. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the LSE and a BA (Honours) in Political Studies and History from Queen’s University, Canada.
Joe joined the Institute after a year as a member of the first cohort of Oxford’s new Blavatnik School of Government. Joe graduated with an undergraduate degree in History and Politics at Oxford in 2011, and spent his time between these two stints in education working for the Baring Foundation – a charitable grant-maker.
Miranda Curtis is a non-executive director of Liberty Global Inc (LGI) having retired from her executive role as President, Liberty Global Japan after leading the sale of LGI's Japanese interests in early 2010. Miranda is Chairman of Waterstones, and a non-executive director of Marks and Spencer plc. She is Vice Chairman of Camfed, the leading African girls' education charity, Deputy Chairman of Garsington Opera and also serves on the board of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Siddharth previously worked for communications advisory firm Brunswick, after studying for a B.Sc. in Economic History at LSE. He is working on the Institute’s research into pre-election preparation and civil service support during the final year of coalition.
Akash has worked at the Institute since 2008, having previously worked as a researcher at the Constitution Unit, UCL. He has a broad interest in constitutional change and the comparative study of political systems. He has led research across areas including: civil service accountability; the challenges of coalition government; devolution and the future of the UK; and the role and functions of select committees.
Akash has published widely on these and related subjects. Recent publications include a report on permanent secretary appointments, a paper on reform of ministerial private offices, a research note on Cabinet reshuffles, and an international study of mid-term and late-term challenges for coalitions.
Akash is also a regular media commentator on national and international TV and radio (including the Daily Politics, BBC Parliament, Al-Jazeera, Radio 5 Live and American National Public Radio).
Adrian is a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group in London where he works with a wide variety of public sector clients. He previously worked on transport and health briefs in the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit (2002-04), acted as a policy adviser to Tony Blair (2004-05), and co-authored the Cabinet Office's Excellence & Fairness report on public services.
Susan Hitch is the manager of Lord Sainsbury of Turville's pro bono programme and a board member for the Centre for Cities, Policy Network and the Centre for European Reform. She is a trustee of the Sigrid Rausing Trust and a member of the advisory board of the Weidenfeld Scholarships. She is also a critic and broadcaster on arts and culture on BBC radio and television.
Lorna joined the Institute’s Autumn Internship Programme in October 2013. Her work at the Institute covers the role of the centre of government and ministerial learning and development. Lorna also works for the Public Chairs’ Forum. Previously she has worked with the Global Ocean Commission, Cabinet Office, HM Treasury and within MPs’ offices. Lorna has just graduated with a degree in history from the University of Oxford.
Sir Andrew Likierman
Andrew Likierman is Dean of the London Business School. He is also Chairman of the National Audit Office and Director of Barclays Bank plc. Andrew's career has spanned work in both the public and private sectors.
He was a member of the Cabinet Office Central Policy Review Staff and spent ten years as one of the Managing Directors of the UK Treasury and Head of the UK Government Accountancy Service. He has also been a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England and in the Health Service was Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. Andrew has advised a number of House of Commons Select Committees, was President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has been a member of a number of official inquiries, including the "Cadbury Committee" on corporate governance.
Lejanne joined the Institute in 2013 after previously having worked in operations and administration across a number of different industries such as aviation, publishing and product design. She holds a BA in English Literature and Employment Relations from the University of Auckland.
John Sharkey has spent most of his commercial life in communications businesses. He was joint managing director of Saatchi and Saatchi UK, founded and ran his own advertising agency and was chair of various other communications and recruitment enterprises. He became strategic communications advisor to Nick Clegg in 2007 and was chair of the party’s General Election campaign in 2010. He is a member of the House of Lords.
Digital Communications Manager
Andrew started his career as adviser at the Electoral Reform Society where he managed and observed domestic and international elections. In 2000 he was seconded by the FCO to the United Nations Mission in Kosovo where he managed the publications for the voter education campaign for the first elections in the province. After working on the electronic voting pilots in the 2002 local elections, Andrew took an MSc in Electronic Publishing from City University. He has since developed digital products for a range of organisations including Cancer Research UK, the Local Government Association, the RSA and Vodafone.
Press and Communications Officer
Mark worked as a Senior Press Officer at the Olympic Delivery Authority last year before spending early 2013 in India working as a freelance journalist, writing for the Wall Street Journal and The Independent, among others. Prior to working at London 2012 he spent two and a half years as a Media Officer at Newham Council, and before moving to London gained experience in financial services and journalism, after completing a post-graduate NCTJ qualification. He graduated with honours in English from Aberystywth University.
Jonathan was Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 1997 to 2007. He was responsible for co-ordinating all political and non-political work in No.10 Downing Street. Before joining Tony Blair, Jonathan was a British diplomat for sixteen years and prior to that he was a journalist with the BBC and Granada TV. Since leaving No.10 Downing Street in 2007, Jonathan has worked as a senior managing director at Morgan Stanley in London and as a negotiator and senior adviser on different conflicts across Europe and Asia for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. He also works with Tony Blair Associates, Tigris Financial Group, Save The Children and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
Professor Anthony King
Anthony King, a Canadian by birth, teaches political science at the University of Essex. His books include SDP: The Birth, Life and Death of the Social Democratic Party (with Ivor Crewe) and, most recently, The British Constitution. He served on the original Committee on Standards in Public Life and on the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords. He also chaired the Royal Society of Arts Commission on Illegal Drugs, Communities and Public Policy. He is currently completing a book on American constitutional development and conducting research on why British governments seem to make so many mistakes.
Liam Byrne MP
Liam Byrne is the Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Hodge Hill and Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills.
In government Liam has served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Minister for the Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister of State responsible for immigration at the Home Office. In Opposition, Liam has chaired Labour’s policy review, led the Shadow DWP team and is now Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills.
Liam has written widely about Britain’s future and is a passionate advocate of closer ties between Britain and Asia. His book Turning to Face the East was published by Guardian Books this year. He is also the author of the Road to Full Employment (Fabians 2013), Reinventing Government Again (SMF, 2009) and Local Government Transformed (Baseline, 2005).
David is Co-Chair of The Innovation Unit and an independent consultant and policy adviser specialising in strategies for organisational and system transformation in public services. From 2002 to 2005 he was Principal Adviser in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, where he co-authored the influential report on Innovation in the Public Sector. He works and speaks nationally and internationally on creating the conditions for radical innovation in Governments, national agencies, localities and public service organisations. He is the design and development co-ordinator for the Global Education Leadership Program sponsored by Cisco and the Gates Foundation. He is also a Visiting Professor in Innovation Studies at King's College London.
Lord Simon of Highbury
Currently a non-Executive Director of the GDF Suez Group. Lord Simon is also Senior Adviser of Morgan Stanley International, a member of the International Advisory Board of Dana Gas, and is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Montrose Associates. He is Deputy Chairman of the Council of Cambridge University, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute for Government..
Former Deputy Chairman of the Unilever Group 2006 - 2009, having joined the Unilever Board in 2000. Lord Simon was also a Trustee of the Cambridge Foundation, having been the Foundation's Chairman from 2001 - 2005. Former Minister for Trade and Competitiveness for Europe at the Department of Trade and Industry and H.M. Treasury 1997 - 99. Former Chairman of British Petroleum from 1995-97, Group Chief Executive from 1992-95, having joined the Board in 1986. He was appointed CBE in 1991, knighted in 1995 and created a Life Peer in 1997.
Alun is a senior civil servant, currently attached to the Cabinet Office. He has had a wide ranging career in a number of departments, most recently in BIS where he was Head of Strategy and, prior to that, Director General of Science and Research.
Previously he has been Principal Private Secretary to three Secretaries of State. He has also worked at No 10 and for the former Deputy Prime Minister.
Dr David Halpern
Dr David Halpern is currently Director of the Behavioural Insights Team, a mutual joint venture with the government and Nesta, where he has been leading efforts to use behavioural insights to improve public service delivery across government.
Previously David was Chief Analyst in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit (2001-2007). He led numerous reviews, including the UK government’s strategic audits and recent policy reviews; set up the Social Exclusion Task Force and drafted its action plan; and authored many of the Strategy Unit’s most influential papers, such as those on life satisfaction, personal responsibility and behaviour change.
Before entering government, he held tenure at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge University. He has also held posts at Nuffield College, Oxford; the Policy Studies Institute, London; as a Visiting Professor at the Centre for European Studies, Harvard; and was the Founding Director of the Institute of Government. He has published widely including the books Hidden Wealth of Nations (2009); Social Capital (2005); Options for Britain: a strategic policy review (1996); Options for a New Britain (2009) and Mental Health and the Built Environment (1995).
Lord Sainsbury of Turville
Chairman of the Board
David Sainsbury was Finance Director of J. Sainsbury plc from 1973-1990, Deputy Chairman from 1988-1992, and Chairman from 1992-1998.
He became Lord Sainsbury of Turville in October 1997 and was appointed Minister of Science and Innovation from July 1998 until November 2006.
He was a member of the Dockland Joint Committee from 1978-1981, a member of the Committee of Review of the Post Office (Carter Committee) from 1975-1977, a Trustee of the Social Democratic Party from 1982-1990, Chairman of the Governing Body of the London Business School from 1991-1998, and a member of the I.P.P.R. Commission on Public Policy and British Business from 1995-1997.
Lord Gus O'Donnell
Gus O'Donnell served Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron as Cabinet Secretary and Head of Civil Service from 2005 to 2011. He stood down from this position at the end of 2011 and was appointed to the House of Lords in January 2012. He played a leading role in the preparations for the 2010 election which eventually resulted in the formation of the UK's first coalition government since the second world war. He was awarded the CB, KCB and GCB for his services to government.
Prior to his role as Cabinet Secretary, he served as Permanent Secretary of the UK Treasury from 2002 -2005 and as press secretary to Prime Minister John Major from 1990-1994 .
From 1997-98 he was the UK executive director on the boards of the IMF and the World Bank.
He spent most of his career with the UK Treasury. In 1999 he was appointed Managing Director of Macroeconomic Policy and International Finance and was responsible for fiscal policy, international development, and European Union Economic and Monetary Union. During this period he oversaw the production of the '5 tests' analysis for whether the UK should join the euro.
He studied economics at Warwick university and then Nuffield College, Oxford before lecturing in political economy at the University of Glasgow. He has honorary doctorates from Warwick and Glasgow universities.
Dame Tessa Jowell
Tessa Jowell was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1992 and since then has represented Dulwich (later Dulwich and West Norwood) in parliament. She served as a Minister throughout the last Labour Government with 8 of 13 years in the Cabinet. In her capacity as Minister for Public Health she initiated and developed Sure Start. As Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa has been credited with bringing the Government behind London’s successful bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She became Olympics Minister when the bid was secured in 2005 and also served as the Shadow Olympics Minister and on the Olympic Board. She stepped down from the Shadow Cabinet following last summer’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2012 Tessa was made a Dame for her political and charitable services.
Between 2004-10 Bill was Chairman and Chief Executive of Monitor, the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts. Before that he was Director-General of the British Retail Consortium for nearly four years,and Head of Infrastructure Finance in the Bank of Scotland between 1994-2000. Bill spent 10 years in Whitehall, in the Departments of the Environment, Transport and the Cabinet Office, where he was a member of the Economic Secretariat in 1980-83. He also spent just over 10 years in the Scottish Office in Edinburgh, where he served in the Finance, Education, Fisheries and Health departments. Bill has a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from the University of Edinburgh. He is a lay member of the Legal Services Board, a Trustee of the Nuffield Trust and a non-executive director of the Office of Fair Trading.