Published by Charlotte Pickles on 6 January 2017
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Deputy Director and Head of Research
I am privileged to lead the research and events programme at Reform, supporting the team to ensure that everything we produce is high quality and engaging – a job made easy by the calibre of people I work with!
Whilst I work across each of our areas helping to shape and quality assure our work, I personally specialise in welfare reform and policing. Although quite different areas of public policy, I have developed these subject specialisms in a variety of roles over the past decade. These include time as Director of Policy at the Centre for Social Justice, Expert Adviser to then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith during the Coalition Government, advising a major police force and in the public sector practice of a global management consultancy. My time in government has proven particularly useful in ensuring Reform’s research work is rooted in practical policy suggestions.
When not in work I can still be found debating the merits of different public policy solutions, or otherwise supporting the Dallas Mavericks, watching films and American boxsets or in the gym. I am also a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee, a non-departmental public body, and a governor at a local primary school and where I chair the Policy and Standards Committee.
Most likely to say?
You’d have to ask colleagues, but maybe either “You need to tell the story” or “Make it punchier!”
What makes you get out of bed in the morning?
As a policy wonk I feel extremely lucky to work in such an exciting, thoughtful…and geeky, environment! The combination of stimulating subject matter and a fun and committed team make getting up for work very easy.