What is the Policy Leaders Fellowship?

The Policy Leaders Fellowship addresses the needs of the most senior policy makers – whether in Whitehall, Brussels, devolved administrations in the UK, or equivalent organisations – providing access to research and academic expertise. Launched in 2013 under the Chairmanship of former UK Cabinet Secretary Lord Wilson, its discussions focus on the need for long-term thinking, the value of evidence, and fresh perspectives on key challenges.

Who is the Fellowship for?

Policy Leaders Fellows join the Fellowship by invitation. Those who take part include Permanent Secretaries and Directors-General from Whitehall and beyond, as well as Chief Executives of agencies and major corporations and foundations.

What does the Fellowship involve?

Our Leaders Fellows participate both in one-to-one meetings with leading academics and in roundtable discussions with researchers and other Fellows. The Fellowship meets once a term in Cambridge, and is now chaired by the Master of Trinity College and former Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies.

Over the course of the two-year Fellowship, Fellows commit to two days of meetings per year.

What topics are covered?

Roundtable meetings have included discussions on the intelligent use of modelling in government, the future of work, cities, conspiracy and democracy, and open policy making in a digital world; they have also explored the latest thinking on academic frontiers such as biodiversity, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, blockchain, life sciences and the internet.

What are the benefits of joining the Fellowship?

  • access to senior academics across all disciplines
  • membership of a network of high-level policy professionals
  • access to structured interactions, including the opportunity to convene bespoke discussions
  • the challenge to thinking which is characteristic of the Fellowship process, promoting innovation and creative approaches.

Policy Leaders Fellows (and alumni)

Those who have completed two years as Fellows are now alumni. Current Policy Leaders Fellows and alumni/alumnae are listed below:

Policy Leaders Fellows

Policy Leaders Fellows - Alumni

Tera Allas

McKinsey & Company

Mike Anderson

Kosmos Energy

Gillian Beasley

Cambridgeshire County Council

Sam Beckett

Office of National Statistics (ONS)

Deborah Bronnert

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Nadia Calviño

Spanish Government

Lindy Cameron

National Cyber Security Centre

Jon Cunliffe

Bank of England

Gareth Davies

Department for Transport (DfT)

Helen Edwards

Recovery Focus

Leslie Evans

Scottish Government

David Eyton


Matthew Gould


Iain Gray

Cranfield University

Paul Grice

Queen Margaret University Edinburgh

Tricia Hayes

Home Office

Sarah Healey

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Ed Humpherson

UK Statistics Authority

Joy Hutcheon

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Nick Joicey

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Gavin Kelly

Resolution Foundation

David Kennedy

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Paul Kett

Department for Education

Robert Madelin

Fipra International Ltd

Charlie Massey

General Medical Council (GMC)

Clive Maxwell

Department for Transport (DfT)

Jonathan Mills

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Jeremy Moore


Shan Morgan

Welsh Government

Clare Moriarty

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Geoff Mulgan

UCL Public Policy

Sue Owen
Jeremy Pocklington

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

Vikas Pota

Education Outcomes Fund

John Pullinger

The Electoral Commission

Antonia Romeo

Department for International Trade (DIT)

Philip Rutnam
Philip Rycroft

Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge

Jonathan Slater
Geoffrey Spence
Julia Unwin
Patrick Vallance

Government Office for Science (GO-Science)

Ashok Vaswani


Peter Watkins

Chatham House

Katrina Williams

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Chris Wormald

Department of Health and Social Care

Phil Wynn Owen

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)