Published by Andrew Haldenby on 20 April 2018
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I have been lucky enough to be Director of Reform since May 2005, having co-founded the organisation with Nick Herbert in 2001. I support our talented, committed and extremely hard-working staff. I work with our valued financial supporters and committed Trustees and Advisory Board. Reform has become an established voice in Westminster and Whitehall, respected for our knowledge, professionalism and non-party independence, and I take a lot of pride in that.
I’ve had a policy and campaigning career. Before starting Reform, I worked at the “no” campaign (Communications Director), at the Centre for Policy Studies (working on taxation, welfare and public services), in the Conservative Research Department (education, social security and political research) and for the CBI (education and skills). My degrees are in history and economics.
At university I became interested in politics. What has motivated me since is the sense that the welfare state doesn’t always deliver for the people that need it. When Reform began in 2001, we worked a lot on widening choice in public services (as well as competition in supply). Straight after the financial crisis, we led the debate on a new level of public spending that would be more sustainable. The 2015 Parliament is now debating much deeper changes to the organisation of services in order to deliver better outcomes to citizens. It is an exciting prospect.
Little known fact: I played top board for the Bucks under-10 chess team once (I lost). A little later, I played warm-up DJ sets at the Egg night club and am still available for private bookings.
Most likely to say… “Central planning is futile” (actually a quote from a recent Reform roundtable on the NHS workforce)
What makes you get out of bed in the morning? My children, in all senses