Nick leads the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) across the range of its research, teaching, policy programmes and public engagement activity. Nick has extensive experience in policy research & government policymaking. He is an author & regular commentator on public policy in print media, & writes on a wide range of issues, from contemporary British politics, public service & welfare state reform, to the changing nature of political leadership.
Nick was formerly Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), where he led a team of 45 staff producing public policy research in the key areas of public services, economic reform, the welfare state, migration, energy & environment & politics & power. He co-edited the journal of ideas Juncture.
Nick was also Head of the No10 Downing St. Policy Unit between 2008 & 2010, with responsibility for the formulation of policy advice to the Prime Minister. He led and managed the work of the Prime Minister’s 13 policy advisers, coordinating policy development & liaising with external stakeholders.
He has also worked as special advisor in the Home Office, Cabinet Office & former Department for Education and Employment. Nick was formerly chair of the advisory board to the UK Chief Scientist's Foresight Programme & served on the Equalities Review & the Teaching & Learning 2020 Review. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects & is a member of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's Diplomatic Excellence Panel. He is chair of trustees at Tavistock Relationships.