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Hannah White

Director and CEO

Hannah is the Director and CEO. She leads the Institute in its work to make government more effective.  

Hannah is a regular commentator on the radio and television – including BBC television and radio, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, Times Radio, and international broadcasters – and writes regularly for a wide range of print media – including the Telegraph, Guardian and the Times. She hosts the Institute’s weekly Inside Briefing podcast and co-hosts The Expert Factor briefing with Paul Johnson of the IFS and Anand Menon of UKICE. 

Hannah has a PhD in Human Geography. She started her career as a parliamentary clerk in the House of Commons, working on select and legislative committees and advising on parliamentary procedure. In 2012 she was appointed secretary to the Committee on Standards in Public Life in the Cabinet Office. Hannah joined the Institute in 2014 and was appointed Director and CEO in October 2022. 

Hannah is a non-executive director of the Law Commission and also serves as deputy chair of trustees for the public participation and deliberation charity Involve. She received an OBE in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to the constitution, and in 2022 she published her first book Held in Contempt: what’s wrong with the House of Commons?.

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