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Alumni

Since Onward began in 2018 many people have helped achieve our goal to address the needs of the whole country, in all parts of the UK – particularly those places that feel neglected or ignored by Westminster

Neil O’Brien MP is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, and previously co-founded Onward in 2018.
Gillian Keegan MP was a member of Onward’s Advisory Board and is now the Secretary of State at the Department for Education.
Eddie Hughes MP was a member of Onward’s Advisory Board and now serves as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
Kemi Badenoch MP is Minister of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and a former Member of Onward’s Advisory Board.
Will Tanner is the Former Director of Onward. He is now Deputy Chief of Staff in Number 10 Downing St.
Will Holloway is Special Adviser to Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP at the Department for International Trade. Prior to this he was Onward’s Deputy Director. 
Jack Kelly was Onward’s Head of Communications from February – November 2022.
Katie Fairclough was Finance Director at Onward, overseeing all of Onward’s partnerships and fundraising.
Ed led our Getting to Zero research programme.
Luke Stanley was a Senior Researcher at Onward and led the Social Fabric programme.
Francesca was a Senior Researcher at Onward, working primarily on levelling up.
Fjolla Krasniqi led Onward’s Social Fabric programme and now works for FTI Consulting.
Richard Harrington was the MP for Watford and was the Minister for Business and Industry
John Lamont is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office and Member of Parliament for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Sian Hansen is Chief Operating Officer at C|T Group. She was previously Associate Director of Onward.
Guy Miscampbell was a Senior Research Fellow with Onward, and is now an Associate Director at Hanbury Strategy
Jessica Hopwood was an intern, and later a researcher at Onward, and now works at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Chris Philp MP is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and was previously a Member of Onward’s Advisory Board.
Claire Coutinho is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Education and the MP for East Surrey.
James was Onward’s Events and Campaigns Manager until December 2022.