Working to make government more effective

Catherine Haddon

Programme Director

Catherine is a programme director overseeing the IfG Academy programme, which brings together our expertise on government to provide practical training and support. As part of the IfG Academy team, Catherine delivers workshops and other development sessions for ministers, their private offices and other civil servants, as well as the IfG's pre-election preparation for government programme with opposition politicians.

Catherine has brought an historical angle to the Institute’s commentary. Catherine is an expert commentator on the role of ministers, the constitution, No.10 and the Cabinet Office, preparation for government by political parties and the constitutional rules around general elections, and 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, including for the Cabinet War Rooms’ Churchill Museum and for various publications and media outlets.  

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22 MAY 2024 Explainer

Calling a general election

Elections have to be held no more than five years apart, but the timing of elections are otherwise determined by the prime minister.

26 FEB 2024 Explainer

What is a manifesto?

Manifestos set out the policies a political party would deliver if they were to win an election.

13 NOV 2023 Live-blog

Cabinet reshuffle – November 2023

The IfG team analyses all the latest ministerial moves as Rishi Sunak reshuffles his Cabinet and David Cameron makes a return to frontline politics.