About the authors
has been Director of the Institute for Government since1 September 2010. He served 12 years in government as a minister and specialadviser. He was Secretary of State for Transport, Minister for Schools, Head ofthe Number 10 Policy Unit, and senior Number 10 adviser on education, publicservices and constitutional reform.
was made a life-peer in the House of Lords in 2010after stepping down from the Commons. She previously served as Labour MP forDurham North West from 1987 to 2010. Baroness Armstrong served in manyprominent frontbench positions, including as Labour Chief Whip between 2001and 2006.
has worked at the Institute since October 2010. Hisresearch has focused on select committees, the selection of candidates to beMPs and a comparison of the structures of Number 10 to support systems forheads of government in other countries. He recently received a postgraduatedegree from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
is the Chairman and interim Chief Executive at Monitor.David was formerly Chairman of The 10 Partnership, a company that providesstrategic and operational support to the public sector, particularly in health.Previously, David was Chief Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Headof the Policy Directorate and Strategy Unit in 10 Downing Street. Before this,David was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company.
has been a research analyst at the Institute for Governmentsince 2009. Since joining the Institute she has conducted research into localaccountability, the Big Society, public service design, and elected mayors.Before joining the Institute she completed an MSc in public management andgovernance at the London School of Economics.
has been the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford sinceMay 2010 and is currently Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Gibb MP,the Minister of State for Schools. Nick is a Political Fellow at the Institute forGovernment. Nick set up the influential centre right think tank Policy Exchange2001.
joined the Institute in March 2010 from McKinsey &Company’s public sector practice where he worked with a wide range ofgovernment clients in the UK and internationally. In 2008 he co-authored
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