Working to make government more effective

Martin Wheatley


Martin Wheatley led the Institute’s work on the Treasury. His 30-year career in public services has included roles in public spending and corporate improvement in the Treasury, on civil service reform and social exclusion in the Cabinet Office, leading economic development and regeneration in a London borough, and heading the Local Government Association’s housing and environment programme. 

Immediately before joining the Institute, he ran his own public policy and strategy advisory business. In that phase, he completed projects on Whitehall and on local government for GovernUp, and led courses on public services for officials from across the world, and advised national organisations, commercial and social businesses on interpreting and influencing public policy.

A graduate of Oxford University, Martin is a former Fulbright-Humphrey Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota and Research Fellow, Smith Institute. He is a board member of the housing association Wellingborough Homes.

His published work includes 'Repurposing Whitehall' and 'Localism 2.0' (for GovernUp) and 'Are Housing Associations Ready for an Ageing Population?' (for the Smith Institute).

Martin has a particular personal interest in ensuring the workings of Westminster and Whitehall are better tuned to the real experience of public service leaders closer to the front line, and citizens and service users.

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