Smith Institute People

Paul Hackett

Paul has overall responsibility for the Institute’s programme of research and events. He was previously Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott MP and other ministers at the Department of Communities and Local Government (1997-05). Paul has worked in various policy areas including, sustainability, industry and finance, regulation, housing and regeneration, cities and urban policy, planning, regional policy, local government, third sector, and public-private partnerships. Paul previously worked for the Financial Times, the Economist Group, Trades Union Congress, and the Parliamentary Labour Party under the late John Smith. He was also adviser to the House of Commons Trade & Industry Select Committee, EU, OECD, ILO, UN, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Dun & Bradstreet International.

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Paul Hunter
Head of Research

Paul’s main area of responsibility is coordinating the research and production of the Institute’s publications. Prior to joining the Smith Institute Paul worked for an MP. At the Smith Institute he has edited a collection of essays on social enterprises and has written reports on the 2010 general election, the 2011 local elections, and a profile of MPs. Paul has also brought together numerous other publications on a wide range of public policy issues.

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   Sean Kippin
Events & Communications 

Sean is the Smith Institute’s Events and Communications Manager. He is in charge of organising and running the Smith Institute’s events programme and communications strategy. Prior to joining the Institute in January 2012, Sean spent three years working for a senior Labour Member of Parliament in the North East of England, and then in Westminster. He has also worked at the Co-operative Party’s Headquarters, and in an administrative role for the NHS. He studied BA Politics at the University of Northumbria, before completing a Masters Degree in Political Theory at the London School of Economics in 2011.

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Kitty Ussher
Research Fellow

Kitty Ussher is an economist and former Labour party politician. From 2007-09 she held ministerial positions in the Treasury (twice) and the Department for Work and Pensions, most notably as Economic Secretary to the Treasury in the early phase of the financial crisis.  Her government experience also includes three years as special adviser to the then Department for Trade and Industry on industrial and trade policy, from 2001-04. As MP for Burnley from 2005-10 she helped get a university, new schools, better housing and a new health centre as well as starting the ultimately successful campaign for a direct train line to Manchester.  She’s also been a councillor in Lambeth from 1998-2002 where she chaired the finance and environment scrutiny committees.She holds degrees in economics from Balliol College, Oxford and Birkbeck College, London and previously worked as an economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Centre for European Reform and Britain in Europe where she was the chief economist for the pro-European campaign group. Her interests include all areas of industrial, regional, welfare and economic policy including macroeconomics, financial services and government finance. After stepping down at the 2010 general election she wrote four pamphlets on economic and industrial policy as Director of the think-tank Demos before moving to the Smith Institute in January 2012.

Michael Ward
Research Fellow

Michael Ward specializes in local and regional economic development and regeneration. From 1981 to 1986 he chaired the Industry and Employment Committee of the Greater London Council, setting up the Council’s economic development programme, and establishing Greater London Enterprise. In 1985-6, he was Deputy Leader of the GLC. From 1987 to 2000, Michael  lived and worked in Manchester, as Director of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, a public policy, research and consultancy organisation, working on economic development. In 2000, he was appointed the first Chief Executive of the London Development Agency, London’s RDA, where he led the preparation of the Mayor’s Economic Strategy, and secured the initial commitment of the LDA Board to back the London Olympic Bid. Michael now works as a consultant, and is also the non executive chair of the Board of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies. He has a first degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and an MA in Social and Economic History from Birkbeck University of London.

David Coats
Research Fellow

David Coats is recognised as an expert commentator on employment relations and quality of working life issues, drawing on his experience at the TUC and The Work Foundation.  His publications include: An Agenda for Work: The Work Foundation’s Challenge to Policy MakersSpeaking Up! Voice Industrial Democracy and Organisational PerformanceGood Work: Job Quality in a Changing Economy; The National Minimum Wage: Retrospect and Prospect; Migration Myths: Employment, Wages and Labour Market Performance;  Raising Lazarus: The Future of Organised Labour (Fabian Society) and Advancing Opportunity: The Future of Good Work (ed) (Smith Institute).  From 1999-2004 he was Head of the TUC’s Economic and Social Affairs Department managing work on economic and industrial policy, the welfare state, public services and the development of partnership at work, having first joined the TUC in 1989 as an employment law specialist. In 2004 he became Associate Director at The Work Foundation. He was educated at Portway Comprehensive School, Bristol and then read Law at University College, London receiving an LL.B in 1983 and an LL.M in 1986. He completed his Bar Finals at the Inns of Court School of Law in 1984 and was called to the Bar in 1985. David was a member of the Low Pay Commission from 2000-2004 and was appointed to the Central Arbitration Committee (the industrial court for Great Britain) in 2005.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Involvement and Participation Association, a number of academic advisory panels and the steering committee of Unions 21. From 1990-98 he was a councillor (Labour) in the London Borough of Haringey and served as a governor of local primary schools over the same period. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  

Nick Johnson
Research Fellow

Nick is a leading writer and commentator on issues of integration, equality and. Cohesion. He contributes regularly to books, journals and magazines on a wide range of subjects including integration, multiculturalism, social capital, cohesion, citizenship and race equality. Nick has recently completed a new pamphlet for the Fabian Society on what integration means and how it can be measured and was commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to develop a conceptual framework for ‘good relations’. Between 2004-7, he was the Director of Policy and Public Sector for the Commission for Racial Equality where he led the development of the CRE’s policy agenda. He was also responsible for managing the Commission’s relationship with the public sector and monitoring the performance of all public authorities with regards to race equality. In 2007, he joined the Institute of Community Cohesion as Director of Policy where he leads on policy development and public affairs. He is also the co-editor of the new Cohesion Journal. Prior to joining the CRE, he was a Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and before that, he was at the Association of London Government, where he was responsible for corporate and strategic policy. Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and a member of the Ethnicity Advisory Group for the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study.

Chris Wales
Research Fellow

Chris Wales is a member of the Advisory Board of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation which he helped to set up in 2005 and a member of the IFS Council. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Tax Law at Cambridge University and editorial consultant to International Tax Review. He edited the Smith Institute’s monograph Fair Tax: towards a modern tax system in 2008. He has written widely on tax policy issues for both the national and the professional press. He contributed to a Smith Institute monograph on Public-Private partnerships and to a Fabian Society publication on the reform of Inheritance Tax. Chris has a doctorate in medieval history from Cambridge University. He joined Arthur Andersen from Cambridge in 1979 and later worked as a tax partner in both London andStockholm before moving to HM Treasury. Between 1997 and 2003 he was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at HM Treasury and principal adviser on taxation policy to the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown MP. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as a Managing Director. In 2006, he co-founded Lucida plc and was Managing Director until 2009.

John Tizard
Research Fellow

John Tizard is an independent strategic advisor and commentator on public policy and public services. He works with a range of public, third, social, trade union and business sector, and academic organisations providing strategic advice and challenge with a specific focus on collaboration and partnership, service delivery and re-modelling, strategic development of practice, and new service models. He mentors and facilitates leadership programmes. He regularly comments, writes and speaks on public policy and public services issues in the UK and internationally. Previously John was the founding Director of The Centre for Public Service Partnerships which he established at the University of Birmingham in 2008. He left the Centre in December 2011.John was a senior director at the Capita Group plc from 1997 to 2007 where he held a number of different roles and for 8 years until December 2007 served as Director of Government and Business Engagement where he had responsibility for The Capita Group’s public sector strategy and strategic relations with Government, the wider public sector and other national public policy bodies in the UK and internationally.John was from 2002 to 2006 a member of the CBI’s Public Services Strategy Board and for five months in 2005 he undertook the role of Director of Public Services at the CBI on a seconded part time interim basis.

Prior to this he was a director at Scope (1977 – 1997) where he had strategic, policy and operational responsibilities. He led cross-agency collaboration and founded the Voluntary Disability Organisations Group (VODG). John had over 18 years’ experience as a Labour county councillor from 1981 – 1999, was a group leader for 14 years and for over 8 years the joint leader of Bedfordshire County Council. He served on national and European local government bodies. He has been a non-executive director of a NHS trust and served on a police authority as well as having been a school governor and a director of housing association. John currently holds several non-executive and trustee appointments including: navca, Tomorrow’s People, the Adventure Capital Fund, the Social Investment Business and Action Space.  He is also a Governor of the Island of Portland Aldridge Academy. He is an H0norary Fellow at the University of Birmingham and a Visiting Fellow at the London South Bank University.  John is also a Fellow of the RSA. John has an honors degree B.Sc (Econ) from the London School of Economics.

Anthony Alleyne
Research Fellow

 Anthony has been closely involved with arts management in the South East for the past eight years. He is a board member of Screen South, a strategic cultural facilitator for the visual arts in the South East of England. He is also a board member of Accentuate, the London 2012 Legacy Programme for the South East, and has worked as a freelance assessor and consultant for The British Council, Skillset and Mediabox.

He currently lectures in screenwriting and direction at the Met Film School in London, having taught short courses in film at Ravensbourne and the New York Film Academy (London) in the past. Anthony also runs his own production company, Born Wild, which specialises in digital filmmaking, and has previously won awards for his work in both the UK and America.

Graham Hitchen
Research Fellow

Graham Hitchen is an independent project adviser, working across the public sector. Graham specialises in strategic management advice, relationship building, and high-level facilitation and negotiation. He was, until recently, a Project Director at the London Development Agency, leading the development of an international design and innovation programme. Graham was Chair of the RDAs’ Creative Industries network, and chaired the RDAs’ Design advisory group with the Design Council. While at the LDA, he set up and ran the Creative Industries programme, and headed up the Agency’s work in Manufacturing and Production Industries, managing an annual investment budget of £15m. He is also a former Director of the Arts Council of England. He now runs a successful consultancy business, advising public sector agencies on strategic development and on major projects. His current clients include NESTA, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, and King’s College London.

Amanda Jordan OBE
Research Fellow

Amanda is joint Chair of Corporate Citizenship (previously known as The SMART Company). She founded her business in 2000 after a successful in-house career spanning the not for profit and private sectors. In the 1990s she spent 10 years developing and managing an award winning CSR programme for UK Banking Group NatWest. Whilst at NatWest Amanda was an advisor to the UK government from 1997 to 2000, on business and social exclusion issues and the development of CSR. Amanda has a particular interest in the role that business plays in public policy development and has written and edited a number of publications focusing on responsible business practice. As well as advising clients on the importance of focused, relevant and measurable CR programmes Amanda presents on these issues at conferences in the UK and abroad. Amanda’s interest in responsible business behaviour extends into the field of self-regulation. She was until recently the Non Executive Chair of IWF (regulating illegal content on the internet in the UK) and also served as a Non Executive Director of the Banking Code Standards Board. She is a member of the ICAEW CSR Committee and the ICC CSR Advisory Board at Nottingham University Business School. Amanda’s not for profit roles include Chair of the National Literacy Trust and  Chair of the Baring Foundation. She is a former member of the Chancellors Advisory Board of the University of Exeter, Governor of Mountview Theatre School and the Advisory Council of the British Lung Foundation. Amanda served for 6 years as a founder Board member of the National Lottery Charities Board (NLCB now the Big Lottery Fund). During that time Amanda became the first Chair of the England Committee and of the International Committee. She was awarded the OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours for services to the voluntary sector.

   Andy Rumfit
Research Fellow

Andy specialises in the analysis of national, urban and local economies and provides technical advice on business and sectoral development issues to clients from the public and private sectors. For more than 18 years he has been advising clients including the SMMT, the British Library, Communities and Local Government, Regional Development Agencies, Local Authorities, Chambers of Commerce and Transport Agencies including the Docklands Light Railway and Transport for London. He has drafted the Statements of Case for a number of Public Inquiries for urban transport projects and provided economic policy advice to the Mayor of London’s Outer London Commission.

With the Smith Institute he recently led the SMMT’s initial inquiry into the financial challenges and opportunities for expanding the UK based automotive supply chain, a market valued at £7.4 billion per annum. As well as reviewing a wide range of existing literature, he completed detailed face to face interviews with industry bodies, automotive suppliers, banks and financial institutions and public agencies. The report was launched on 8 December 2011 to MPs and representatives from the finance and automotive sectors. He is now directing the next stage of work looking at the financial needs of the automotive supply chain including the availability of finance for their tooling costs. He is also part of the Smith Institute team proving secretarial services to support the Southwark Housing Commission and has a particular focus on future options appraisal.

Andy has Masters degrees from Cambridge and Reading Universities, a prize winning MBA from Imperial College, London University.  As well as being a Member of the RTPI since 1995 he sat on the TCPA’s Policy Council (2009-11) and is a member of the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA).

Nick Isles
Research Fellow

Nick is Managing Director of Corporate Agenda an advice and consultancy business working with clients across the private, voluntary and public sectors. Until autumn of 2008 he was Director of Advocacy at The Work Foundation and remains an Associate adviser. He is also a Fellow of the Smith Institute. He worked as an advisor to the high level group that re-drafted the European Union’s Lisbon strategy in 2005 under the chairmanship of former Dutch premier Wim Kok. He has written and spoken on a wide range of public policy issues connected to the economy, including European affairs, the labour market, organisational performance, leadership, welfare reform, finance, corporate governance and CSR. He has contributed and placed articles and comment in a wide range of media (including front page pieces) in the Financial Times, in the Economist, on all major broadcast news bulletins, The Guardian, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and all the main Sunday papers as well as many specialist and regional media. Before working at The Work Foundation Nick ran his own public affairs and communications consultancy. This followed a period working at the labour market think tank The Employment Policy Institute which created much of the intellectual underpinning to enable the Government to introduce the New Deals in 1997 and thereafter. His recent and current clients include AXA plc, BIG Lottery, City&Guilds, Working Links, The Work Foundation, Design Council, Demos and BT. His recent work includes: A provocation on improving Government investment in curbing toxic demand from consumers for financial products for AXA plc; Facilitation of annual sales force conference for City& Guilds; Submission to Select Committee inquiry on behalf of Working Links; Delivery of the annual party conference programme for The Work Foundation; Completion of The Good Work Guide to be published in February 2010, Party conference work for The Smith Institute. Nick was the general editor of Enterprising Europe (2002) and the author or co-author of several reports including ‘Greening Work’ (2008); The Risk Myth (2006), Life at the Top (2005), Where are the Gaps? (2005), Cracking the Performance Code (2005), The Joy of Work (2004) and Achieving High Performance through CSR (2004). His new book The Good Work Guide will be published in 2010. He is the Chair of Trustees of Communities into Training and Employment (CITE) and a trustee of Time 2 Talk. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Associate of The Work Foundation and Fellow of The Smith Institute. He is also a Guest Lecturer at Nottingham University Business School.

Neil Churchill
Research Fellow

Neil Churchill has worked in the NGO sector for 20 years, currently as Chief Executive at Asthma UK. He has edited two publications for the Smith Institute: Advancing Opportunity: older people and social care (2008) and Health Futures (2009). He is currently working on a new project for the Institute, Innovating for a Healthier Future, due for publication in 2010. Neil has previously collaborated on projects with Demos (The New Old, 2003), Catalyst (Labour’s Pension Challenge, 2004)and Policy Exchange (What Future for Maggie’s Children? 2006) and has been a member of a number of government working groups on health equality, pensions, financial capability, social care and ageing. Neil has an MA in history from Cambridge University and an MBA from London South Bank University. His research interests include social protection and health and social care.

Jacques Reland
Research Fellow

Jacques Reland is Head of European Research at the Global Policy Institute of the London Metropolitan University, where he is also Senior Lecturer in French and European Studies. He specialises mainly on French and European economic and social policies, ranging from welfare and immigration to macro-economic and monetary policy. He is a regular contributor to the “Social Europe Journal” and has published chapters and articles on the European social Model, Economic nationalism, French corporate governance, the French welfare system, French European and monetary policy and on EMU. He co-edited the book “Britain and Euroland” with Professor Haseler in 2000. In 2009, he published two chapters: – The Case for Tax Harmonisation in Social Europe and the Single Market(Smith Institute) – The Dangers of the Cult of Shareholder Value in Reforming the City (Forum Press). He wrote extensively on the French Economy for Oxford Analytica from 1988 to 2005. As well as being a regular guest on BBC TV and radio programmes, Sky News, CNN, France 24 and Al Jazeera, and on some French radio stations to discuss French, British and European affairs, he often contributes to academic and political debates and conferences. 

Professor John Tomaney
Research Fellow
John Tomaney is Professor of Regional Development and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University; Professor of Regional Studies at Monash University, Melbourne; Associate Director of the UK Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) and is an Academician of the Academy of Social Science (UK). He was educated at the London School of Economics, University of Sussex and University of Newcastle upon Tyne.He has published over 100 books and articles on questions of local and regional development including Local and Regional Development (Routledge, 2006) co-authored with Andy Pike and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. He has undertaken numerous research projects in the UK and elsewhere. Among the organisations for which he has conducted research are: UK Research Councils, UK government departments, the European Commission, the OECD and local and regional development agencies and private sector and voluntary organisations in the UK and abroad. In addition, he is a regular commentator in the UK media on matters of local and regional development.
Paul Clark
Research Fellow

Paul Clark is the former Member of Parliament for Gillingham and Rainham and Government Minister. He is now a consultant (Gateway Associates) specialising in transport, road safety and the social enterprise sector. Paul is also assisting on political campaigning and strategy. He is a board member at the Citizens Advice Bureau Medway, a Director of the Sunlight Development Trust, member of Council at the University of Keele, Director of Kent and Medway Groundwork, Director of Brompton Academy, Governor of Woodlands Primary School, President of the Medway Dragons and President of the Friends of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Gillingham. From 1997 to 2010 he represented the constituency of Gillingham and Rainham in Kent. He was also a Transport Minister (2008- 2010) and a Government Whip (2003-2005). He served as Parliamentary Secretary to Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, John Prescott as Deputy Prime Minister at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now Department for Communities and Local Government) which had responsibility for local government, housing, planning and regeneration, and Charlie Falconer when he was Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Regeneration. During his time as a Member of Parliament he was committed to the largest single regeneration programme in Europe – the Thames Gateway. Paul was a member of the Thames Gateway Kent Partnership Board, the ministerial led Thames Gateway Strategic Partnership and Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Thames Gateway Group from 1997 – 2008. As a Transport Minister he was initially responsible for City and Regional Networks which included sustainable transport programmes (cycling and walking included), buses, local transport plans, roads and also answered in the House on Railways on behalf of the Minister of State, Lord Adonis. Paul then undertook the International Transport portfolio which included Shipping, Ports, Aviation, Road Safety and all Department for Transport agencies such as DVLA and VOSA and was involved in the introduction the Ports National Policy Strategy, body scanners at airports and consulted widely on a new 10 year Road Safety Strategy. He attended and addressed, as UK Road Safety Minister, the Moscow Conference that approved the Moscow Declaration and paved the way for the UN Assembly resolution which has led to a Decade of Action to tackle issues of road safety through low and middle income countries. Before becoming a Member of Parliament he managed the TUC’s residential training and conference centre in North London (1986-1997) and was a research and education officer at the Amalgamated Engineering Union (1980-1986). He studied Politics and Economics at Keele University.

Denise Chevin 

Research Fellow

Denise Chevin has nearly 20 years’ experience as a journalist, six of those editing one of the UK’s leading business titles, Building Magazine and its web site which she joined in 2004. Before that she revamped and edited the social housing magazine, Housing Today. Under both of these editorships, Denise steered the titles and its journalists to win a several PPA awards for both print and on-line. And during this time Denise regularly chaired conferences, spoke at debates and contributed to radio and TV.  Denise has had a long association with the Smith Institute, heading monographs on PFI and Public Procurement; and the Planning system. Since leaving Building in July 2010 Denise has embarked on a career as a freelance writer and consultant in the built environment. In this time she has written for a range of publications including Property Week and Times Educational Supplement, and advised a number of organisations including the charity, the Construction Youth Trust. She is also acting editor of Construction Manager magazine, standing in for the editor while she is on maternity leave. She was President of the International Building Press until June 2011; has been a Trustee of the company pension fund and a member of the editorial training panel of the Periodical Training Council. She graduated from Manchester University with a degree in chemistry.


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