Hannah Rignell

Assistant Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Assistant Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Hannah Rignell is the Assistant Director of the Cities and Local Growth Unit, a joint enterprise between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). In this role Hannah will be focusing on local growth and devolution in the South Central region.

Hannah was previously Head of Community Action at the Cabinet Office. She lead a portfolio of community action programmes worth £110m which aimed to give people the tools to take action on the issues that matter to them. She started her public service career in local government. She held a variety of roles at Hertfordshire County Council, including leading transformation projects in Children’s and Environmental Services. Immediately prior to joining the Cabinet Office, Hannah was a health and social care commissioner with responsibility for leading and implementing the Council’s carers’ strategy.

Hannah holds a degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. She completed a Masters degree in Public Management and Governance at the University of Birmingham in 2013 and was awarded the AH Marshall Prize for Postgraduate Studies.

During her Fellowship, Hannah explored approaches to building community resilience, community mobilisation and the evidence base for different community development initiatives.

To read about Hannah's experience as a Policy Fellow in Cambridge see here.