Catherine is the Institute’s resident historian, leading its work on the history of Whitehall and the reform and management of change in government. Catherine, who joined the Institute in November 2008 after a career in academia, 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 and crisis management
- Policy making in opposition
Catherine has also worked on our Transforming Whitehall Departments programme.
Before joining the Institute, 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 very interested in improving the way in which academics engage with policy and government. She has brought a historical angle to the Institute’s commentary and our work on more effective government. She advises and gives evidence to parliamentary select committees. She has featured on radio and at party conferences; is an experienced panellist; and is regularly cited in the press. Her articles have appeared in various publications, including Civil Service World and Total Politics.