As Director of Research, Dr Hannah White oversees the Institute’s entire programme of work on government, parliament and the civil service. Hannah joined the Institute for Government in May 2014, originally on secondment from the House of Commons, and leads the Institute’s work on Parliament.
Hannah’s knowledge of both Westminster and Whitehall is unrivalled. This comes from more than a decade’s experience in Parliament and the civil service, most recently in running the Committee on Standards on Public Life in the Cabinet Office, and the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the House of Commons. Previously, she was Private Secretary to the Clerk of the House of Commons. Working in the Public Bill Office, Hannah managed legislative committees and advised on parliamentary procedure.
Hannah is a commentator for radio and television and has appeared on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, World at One, the Today programme, Newsnight, BBC News and Sky News. She is a regular contributor to the Institute’s comment pages and has written for a range of media including the Guardian, the Times and Civil Service World.
Her career began in academia, teaching historical and social geography at the University of Cambridge, where she completed her undergraduate degree and PhD.