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New Chair of CSaP's Advisory Council

7 October 2021

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New Chair of CSaP's Advisory Council

Reported by Jessica Foster, Communications Coordinator

Bridget Kendall - Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge - has been appointed the new Chair of CSaP's Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council meets twice a year to advise on CSaP's strategy and activities, paying particular attention to the views of stakeholders and supporters.

The Centre promotes engagement opportunities for public policy professionals and academics to learn from each other, creating long-lasting connections with decision-makers from government through its flagship Policy Fellowship programme.

Speaking about her appointment, Kendall said:

“I am delighted to take on this role. Deepening collaboration and interaction between the academic world and those working in government and in the arena of public policy is so important, especially in the current fast-moving and unpredictable environment.”

CSaP's Executive Director Rob Doubleday said:

"We are excited to welcome Bridget Kendall as the new chair of CSaP’s Advisory Council. Bridget is Master of Peterhouse and presenter of The Forum on the BBC World Service. Bridget brings great insight from her leadership roles across the University of Cambridge, and her former career as the BBC’s Washington and then Diplomatic Correspondent. Bridget’s international experience and wide-ranging intellectual interests ideally place her to support CSaP’s mission to improve public policy making through the more effective use of evidence and expertise. I would like to thank Dame Fiona Reynolds for her outstanding service as Chair of CSaP’s Council over the past three years, and to congratulate Fiona on her recent appointment as Chair of the National Audit Office."

Before joining Peterhouse as its first female Master in 2016, Kendall spent over 30 years working for the BBC. She began as a graduate trainee in 1983 and became one of the Corporation’s most respected international correspondents. Kendall was the BBC's Moscow correspondent from 1989 to 1994, covering the final years of the Soviet Union and the first years of post-Soviet Russia. She was the BBC's Washington correspondent from 1994 to 1998 during the Clinton Presidency. From 1998 to 2016 Kendall held the senior role of BBC Diplomatic correspondent, reporting on global news and trends on television and radio, analysing their impact on Britain and the world.

In 2020 Kendall was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy and was appointed a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. She chairs Management Committees for the University’s Centre for Geopolitics, Kettle’s Yard Museum & Art Gallery and she is on the Board of CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities).

Jessica Foster

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Bridget Kendall

Peterhouse Cambridge