Deputy Director, Air Quality and Industrial Emissions at Defra
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy
Before joining Defra, Harriet Wallace worked at the Treasury for over ten years. In her previous role as Deputy Director, Labour Markets and Distributional Analysis, she headed the team responsible for labour market economics and policy (including spending control for JobCentre Plus and DWP's Work Programme for long-term unemployed people) and the Treasury's published modelling of the distributional impacts of tax, benefits and public spending on households.
Before taking up these responsibilities, she held a series of posts including the Chancellor's private office, science and innovation policy and spending, EU-US economic relations during the UK's 2005 Presidency of the EU, strategy and coordination for international finance ministers' meetings, and handling Northern Rock during the financial crisis.
Harriet has also worked at Unilever on social and environmental responsibility, and in the Strategy team at the Department of Health where she led teams delivering the Public Health White Paper and two independent reviews on the role of the state in health and wellbeing, and how behavioural science can be applied in public health (see here).
She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, focusing on biology, history and philosophy of science, and has a Masters in History of Science from Harvard where she was a Kennedy scholar.