Gavin joined the Institute in August 2013 and leads the organisation's work on data and transparency, including our Whitehall Monitor project. He has also worked on government contracting, preparing politicians for government and digital government.
Gavin 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).
He is a trustee of the Orwell Youth Prize, a member of the UK Open Government Network steering group, and a member of the research commissioning board of the ESRC’s Administrative Data Research (ADR-UK) project. He represented the Institute on the advisory board to the Treasury’s Government Financial Reporting Review. He sends a weekly email on data visualisation and data called Warning: Graphic Content.