Members of the Advisory Board offer their expertise and insight to inform GovernUp’s work. They have no responsibility for the project’s governance, nor do they necessarily endorse the proposals of GovernUp, its research projects or discussion papers.

The Rt Hon Nick Herbert CBE MP
Co-Chairman (Conservative MP for Arundel & South Downs since 2005; Minister for Policing & Criminal Justice, 2010-2012)

The Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge DBE MP
Co-Chairman (Labour MP for Barking since 1994; Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee 2010-2015; successively a Minister for the Disabled, Children, Work, and Culture & Tourism, 1998-2010) 

Sir Michael Barber
(Chief Education Adviser, Pearson; Chief Adviser on Delivery to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, 2001-2005)

Lord (Michael) Bichard KCB
(Crossbench Peer; Permanent Secretary, Department for Education and Employment, 1995-2001; Director, Institute for Government, 2008-2010) 

Lord (John) Birt
(Director-General, BBC, 1992-2000; Strategy Adviser to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, 2001-2005) 

Dan Corry
(Chief Executive, New Philanthropy Capital; Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, 2007-2010)

Katharine Davidson OBE
(Global Head of Strategy and Business Transformation, Linklaters LLP; Executive Director, Strategy and Management Information, Cabinet Office, 2010-2014) 

Janan Ganesh
(Columnist, Financial Times)

The Rt Hon John Healey MP
(Labour MP for Wentworth & Dearne since 1997; successively a Treasury, Local Government and Housing Minister, 2002-2010) 

Sir Julian Horn-Smith
(Group Chief Operating Officer, Vodafone plc, 2001-2005) 

Professor Andrew Kakabadse
(Professor of Governance and Leadership, Henley Business School, University of Reading; Emeritus Professor, Cranfield University School of Management) 

Paul Kirby CB
(Former Head of UK Public Sector, KPMG; Director of Reform Strategy, Cabinet Office, 2002-2004; Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit for the Prime Minister, David Cameron, 2011-2013)

Baroness (Martha) Lane-Fox of Soho CBE
(Crossbench Peer; Founder,; UK Digital Champion, 2010-2013)

Jim Leng
(Non-Executive Chairman, Nomura Holdings Europe Plc; Lead Non-Executive Director, Ministry of Justice, 2010-2012; Chairman, Corus Group plc, 2001-2009)

Archie Norman
(Chairman of Marks & Spencer plc; Lead Non-Executive Director, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 2016 - ; Chairman, ITV, 2010-2016; Chief Executive, then Chairman, ASDA, 1991-2000; Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells, 1997-2005) 

Lord (Tim) Razzall
(Liberal Democrat Peer; Chairman, Liberal Democrats' Campaigns and Communications Committee, 2000-2006)

Tom Riordan
(Chief Executive, Leeds City Council)



GovernUp would like to thank the former members of our Advisory Board who have now stepped down:

Lord (John) Browne of Madingley
(Crossbench Peer; Government’s lead Non-Executive Director, 2010-2015; Chief Executive, BP, 1995-2007)

Camilla Cavendish
(Former Head of the Number Ten Policy Unit (2015-2016); Associate Editor, The Sunday Times until 2015)



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Matt Oliver is an Associate Director of GovernUp. His background is in advocacy and international development. He is Head of the Secretariat of the Global TB Caucas.

Jonathan McClory is an Associate Director of GovernUp. He has worked for the Institute for Government and the Boston Consulting Group.



GovernUp is grateful for the insights of a number of senior civil servants from across Whitehall who have contributed to our Civil Service Reference Group.