Niva Thiruchelvam

Deputy Director for Education and Skills at HM Treasury

Deputy Director for Education and Skills, HM Treasury
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Niva Thiruchelvam is the Deputy Director for Education and Skills in HM Treasury. Her team oversees approximately £60 billion of public expenditure every year, and considers reforms in a wide range of areas: childcare, schools, further and higher education, apprenticeships, and adult education. Current projects include improving the measurement of human capital in the UK, and creating a National Retraining Scheme to help people to develop the skills they will need in the workplace in the future.

Niva has held a number of posts across Whitehall, in which she has advised Cabinet Ministers on a range of international and domestic priorities. She has also worked extensively in the centre of Government where she has advised the Prime Minister on home affairs issues; supported the Cabinet Secretary in preparing for Cabinet every week; and brokered policy across Government.