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Team

Our work is focused on the most pressing issues facing the United Kingdom today. We research, we publish reports, run campaigns, and hold events.

Sebastian Payne is the Director of Onward.
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 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.
Chairman of MacSteel and the former Chief Executive and Treasurer of the Conservative Party.
Adam Hawksbee is the Deputy Director of Onward.
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.
Jack Richardson is the Head of Energy and Climate at Onward, leading the Getting to Zero research 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.
Alex Luke is a Senior Researcher at Onward, focusing on the Getting to Zero programme.
Minette Batters is the President of NFU
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 is a member of Onward’s Advisory Board
John Lamont is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office and Member of Parliament for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Anthony Browne is the MP for South Cambridgeshire
Chairman of the Meller Group
Director and Co-Founder of WPI Strategy
Chief Operating Officer at C|T Group.
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.
Anastasia is a Senior Researcher in the Science and Technology team
James Blagden leads Onward’s Future Politics research programme and is also Chief Data Analyst, working across our research.
Ted is a Policy Fellow focusing on our Net Zero research. He was previously a Senior Researcher at Onward.
Florence Conway is an intern at Onward.
Anna is a Senior Researcher in the Science and Technology team.
Laurence Fredricks is a Researcher at Onward.
Angus is an Onward Research Fellow and a Lord Bowen Scholar at Lincoln’s Inn.
Bel is an Events and Development Manager at Onward.
Ned Hammond is the Head of Onward’s Energy and Environment research programme.
Lord Gus O’Donnell served under three Prime Ministers and was Permanent Secretary to the Treasury under the Brown chancellorship
Angus is Deputy Head of Events and Development, focusing on expanding Onward’s corporate sponsorship programme and Business Leaders Network.
Shivani H Menon is a Researcher at Onward on the Levelling Up programme.
Callum Newton is a Senior Researcher on the Levelling Up programme.
Hubert Keller is the Senior Managing Partner of Lombard Odier Group
Dr Rhian Mari-Thomas is the Chief Executive of the Green Finance Institute
Allan Nixon is Head of Science and Technology at Onward.
Guy Opperman MP is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, and is the MP for Hexham
Harriet Baldwin is the MP for West Worcestershire
Gavin Rice is the Project Director for Onward’s Future of Conservatism project.
Baroness Barran is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Civil Society, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Danny Kruger is the MP for Devizes
Jessica Oghenegweke is the Commissioner of the Social Mobility Commission
Mark Gifford is the CEO of NCS
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt is the Minister of State at the Department of International Trade and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Jonathan Branton leads the Government and Public Sector Group at DWF
Dr Ben Caldecott is the Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, and a member of the getting to zero steering group
Alan Haywood is the Head of ESG at BP
Gary Neville is a football pundit at Sky Sports
Alison McGovern is Member of Parliament for Wirral South
Lord Mervyn King of Lothbury is a Member of the Economic Affairs Committee in the House of Lords
Jo Gideon is the MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central
Andrew Lewer is MP for Northampton South
Nickie Aiken is the Member of Parliament for Cities of London and Westminster
James was Onward’s Events and Campaigns Manager until December 2022.
Jenevieve is a Senior Researcher at Onward, working primarily on the Levelling Up programme.
Francois is a Senior Researcher on the Social Fabric and Future Politics programmes.
Bim Afolami is the MP for Hitchin and Harpenden
Ben Houchen is the Mayor of Tees Valley
Virginia Crosbie is Member of Parliament for for Ynys Môn.
Dr Caroline Johnson is the MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham
Helen Pidd is an Editor for The Guardian
Sir Richard Leese is the Leader of Manchester City Council
Philip Broadhead is the Councillor for Talbot and Branksome Woods, and Deputy Leader for the new BCP Council.
Andy Street CBE is Mayor of the West Midlands, and former Managing Director of John Lewis
Dr Russ Tucker is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Ivy Farm Technologies
Victoria Prentis is MP for Banbury and Attorney General.
Polly Neate is Chief Executive at Shelter
Vidhya is the founding Chief Executive of Power to Change, with extensive policy experience
Alison Jones is the Development Manager at the Little Hulton Big Local