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Will Tanner

Will Tanner


Will Tanner is Onward’s Director, having established the organisation with Neil O’Brien MP, Danny Finkelstein, Martyn Rose and Nick Faith in May 2018. In that time, he has authored a number of influential policy reports, including: The Politics of Belonging (2019); The Policies of Belonging (2021); No Turning Back (2020); The State of our Social Fabric (2020) and State of the Union (2021).

Before Onward, Will advised Prime Minister Theresa May between 2013 and 2017, as a Special Adviser in the Home Office and as Deputy Head of Policy in 10 Downing Street. He has also previously worked for the leading communications firm, Portland Communications, and for the independent thinktank, Reform.

Will writes regularly for national media outlets. In addition to a regular column in the i Newspaper, he has recently written for the Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian and Politico

Has the political climate changed on the Government’s Net Zero target?
Britain needs a radical new social covenant between people, their communities and the State after decades of social alienation and decline.
Why we need to break Whitehall’s grip on the civil service and move civil servants out of London
The case for a broader and deeper family tax allowance
The case for empowering neighbourhoods as well as regions
Understanding public support for tackling climate change and attitudes towards new net zero policies