Catherine is the Institute’s resident historian and leads the Institute’s work on changes of government, ministers and the workings of the constitution. She also leads the Institute’s professional development programme for ministers and opposition parties.
Catherine is an expert commentator on changes of government, the constitution, the role of ministers, No.10 and the Cabinet Office, preparation for government by political parties, policy making, the history of government and civil service reform.
Before joining the Institute in November 2008, 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 has brought an historical angle to the Institute’s commentary. She frequently appears in the media and is regularly cited in the press. Her articles have appeared in various publications, including the Guardian, The Times, Financial Times, New Statesman, The Washington Post, Prospect, Civil Service World and Total Politics.