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Team

Our team brings experience from the highest levels of government, business and other thinktanks to produce cutting edge research and events

Sebastian Payne is the Director of Onward.
Adam Hawksbee is the Deputy Director of Onward.
James Blagden leads Onward’s Future Politics research programme and is also Chief Data Analyst, working across our research.
Matt leads our programme on making the UK a science superpower.
Maria Priestley is 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.
Jenevieve is a Researcher at Onward, working primarily on our Social Fabric and Future Politics programmes.
Anna is a Senior Researcher in the Science Superpower team.
Bel works across our research and events, and led the planning of our major conference, Restitch.
Shivani H Menon is a Researcher at Onward on the Levelling Up programme.
Ellie is Head of Communications.
Angus is Deputy Head of Events and Development, focusing on expanding Onward’s corporate sponsorship programme and Business Leaders Network.
Ted is a Policy Fellow focusing on our Net Zero research. He was previously a Senior Researcher at Onward.
Tim Pitt is a Policy Fellow focusing on Economic policy.
Toby Lloyd is a Policy Fellow working on Social Fabric policy.
Phoebe is a Researcher on the Social Fabric programme.
Francois is a Senior Researcher on the Social Fabric and Future Politics programmes.
Yasmin is an Intern at Onward.