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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
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Neil O’Brien OBE MP
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.
Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP
Rt Hon 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
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
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.
Matt leads our programme on making the UK a science superpower.
Luke Stanley was a Senior Researcher at Onward and led the Social Fabric programme.
Ellie is our former Head of Communications.
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.
Maria Priestley was a Senior Research working on our Science Superpower research programme.
Craig Elder is a Founding Partner of Edmonds Elder, and is a member of Onward’s advisory board
Richard Harrington was the MP for Watford and was the Minister for Business and Industry
Seema Kennedy OBE
Seema Kennedy OBE is a member of Onward’s Advisory Board
John Lamont MP
John Lamont is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office and Member of Parliament for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Anthony Browne MP
Anthony Browne is the MP for South Cambridgeshire
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
Rachel Maclean MP
Chris Philp MP
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.
Tom Tugendhat MBE VR MP
Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP
Claire Coutinho MP
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.
Phoebe was a Researcher on the Social Fabric programme, and now works as a Policy Researcher at HM Treasury.
Yasmin was an Intern at Onward.
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