Jill Rutter

Programme Director

Jill directs the Institute’s work on better policy making and arm’s length government. She is an experienced former senior civil servant, having worked in HM Treasury, Number 10 and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). She is an expert commentator on:

  • Brexit
  • How governments make policy
  • Civil Service issues including minister-Civil Service relations
  • Budgets and tax policy 
  • Governments and sustainable development
  • Government and business
  • Quangos (ALB’s).

Jill is co-author of the Institute’s work on making policy better, policy success and innovation in policy processes as well as how to manage relationships with arm’s length bodies.

Before joining the Institute, Jill was Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development at Defra, Previous Civil Service jobs included periods as Treasury Communications Director, in private office and as the policy lead on tax, development and local government finance, as well as a period in the Number 10 Policy Unit. She also worked for BP for six years.

Jill is a frequent blogger, drawing both on IfG research and her wider experience. She is a regular commentator on Civil Service and policymaking for radio and television and has appeared on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, World at One, Beyond Westminster and most recently, Start the Week and the Today programme.

Recent Publications