Hannah Rignell

Deputy Director, Equality Hub at Cabinet Office

Deputy Director, Equality Hub, Cabinet Office
Policy Fellow Alumna, Centre for Science and Policy

Hannah Rignell has been Deputy Director, Equality Hub in the Cabinet Office since January 2021. Previously, she worked in the Department for Culture Media and Sport from 2018-2021 as Head of Social Action in the Office for Civil Society and then as Deputy Director, Volunteering.

Prior to that, she was 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 she focused on local growth and devolution in the South Central region.

Before that, Hannah was Head of Community Action at the Cabinet Office. She led 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.