Roger Wilshaw

Director, Policy Research and Public Affairs at Places for People

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Director, Policy Research and Public Affairs, Places for People
Continuing Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Roger Wilshaw is the Director of Policy Research and Public Affairs at Places for People. He has worked in senior policy delivery and corporate change roles inside and outside Government at national and regional level. As a member of the Senior Civil Service from 2004 to 2013, he led multi-disciplinary teams, negotiating policy changes with Ministers and senior partners across Government, and working closely with national and local partners to implement them.

From 2008 to 2013 he worked in the Department for Communities and Local Government as Head of Homelessness and Housing Support, Head of Economic Growth and Regeneration and Acting Director, Economic Development and Renewal. Prior to this he worked in the Cabinet Office (as Deputy Chief Executive, Government Skills, and Head of Skills Policy), in the Government Office for London (Head of Youth Crime Unit and Deputy Crime Director for London), and in the PM’s Delivery Unit, the Social Exclusion Unit and the Better Regulation Unit.

He left the Civil Service in 2013 to become Director of Policy, Research and Public Affairs at the Places for People Group. The Places for People Group is a UK wide place making and regeneration company that manages more than 140,000 homes and provides services to over 500,000 people in some 200 local authority areas. His policy role covers cross Group risk management and overseeing the delivery of business plan objectives coupled with a strategic Group wide lead on research and public affairs.

Roger holds a BA in English 2:1 from Queen Mary College, University of London.