As inequality worsens and the capacity of communities around the world to shake off economic challenges is depleted, the case for switching to a new ‘inclusive growth’ model is intensifying. For the last decade stagnant real wages have squeezed living standards, wealth has become increasingly concentrated and having a job has been no guarantee of stable, secure or sufficient income. The economy is no longer producing the quality of jobs people need to support their families and opportunities vary depending on where people live and what their background is. This needs to change.
The Centre for Progressive Policy comes up with new policy ideas to tackle the root causes of inequality, harnessing the best of central and local government to help build a fairer, more productive economy.
At the heart of our work is the belief that inclusive growth can allow individuals, families and communities across the UK to contribute and benefit from shared prosperity. For this to happen people need access to good jobs and a supportive social infrastructure, including health, skills training and childcare. Economic policy must reflect this and recognise inclusive growth as a driver of productivity, nationally and locally.
CPP empowers local leaders, providing insights and co-designing policy ideas to help them deliver change on the ground. Our Inclusive Growth Network, for example, includes 12 councils across the UK, from Belfast, Cardiff and Glasgow, to Liverpool, Manchester and London, developing and piloting new ideas in their communities to drive forward the inclusive growth agenda in the UK and internationally.
We also work with central government to inform and shape policy and debate, and to drive forward strategies for inclusive growth strategy at a national level. As part of our work across the political spectrum and with central government, we are research partner to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Inclusive Growth. Finally, we engage with international institutions and organisations to advocate for change, exchange ideas and identify best practice.
The Centre for Progressive Policy is independent and impartial. We are not aligned with any political party and are a not-for profit organisation. We are funded by Lord David Sainsbury, who also chair’s our advisory panel as part of his work on public policy. The CPP Director and staff retain full control of the scope, content, conclusions and recommendations of CPP's work.
Charlotte is Director of the Centre for Progressive Policy. Previously Charlotte was Director of Public Services and Communities at the RSA, where she also ran the Inclusive Growth Commission – chaired by Stephanie Flanders – and City Growth Commission – chaired by Lord Jim O’Neill. Before joining the RSA, Charlotte was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, working on immigration, energy and housing. She is an advisor to Power to Change, New Philanthropy Capital, the Civic University Network and an external member of the APPG for Left Behind Neighbourhoods. Charlotte also advises the OECD on Inclusive Growth Financing, is a member of the SIPHER Inclusive Economy Advisory Group at the University of Sheffield and is a member of the Research in Practice Partnership Board.
Head of policy and engagement
Zoë is Head of Policy and Engagement at the Centre for Progressive Policy and a Crook Fellow at the University of Sheffield. With previous experience spanning the private and public sector, Zoë has held several roles in government including as Senior Policy Adviser at HM Treasury, advising the Chancellor on EU economic policy and as Economic Policy Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister during the coalition government. Zoë has also worked in M&A at Lazard, advising large scale and start-up technology, media and telecoms clients.
Head of Research
Ben is Head of Research, leading the development of the Centre’s original research programme. Most recently, Ben was Assistant Director of Research and Policy at the International Longevity Centre, exploring the economic implications of demographic change. Before this, Ben undertook economic analysis for the Financial Conduct Authority, and has also worked in research and policy for the Chartered Insurance Institute and HM Treasury.
EA to Director
Sam is EA to Charlotte Alldritt, Director. She previously spent 11 years working at Petrofac, a leading international service provider to the oil and gas production and processing industry, in a similar support role. She holds a BA in Business Management from Solent University, Southampton.
Thomas is the Communications Manager and supports the Centre with raising public awareness of its work. Previously, Thomas supported communication activities at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Royal Society of Arts. He holds an MA in Dispute and Conflict Resolution from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a BA in International Relations from the University of Portsmouth.
Dean is a research analyst with a focus on skills and wider interest in economic policy. Dean was previously a researcher at the Institute for Progressive Policy, focusing on public services, social security and the labour market. He holds an MSc in International Finance and Economic Development from the University of Kent.
Digital Communications Officer
Sarah is the Digital Communications Officer, responsible for content creation and dissemination on CPP's digital platforms. Before joining CPP, she worked freelance in documentary development and on supporting digital communications for Redress. Sarah holds a Master’s in Journalism and Documentary Practice from the University of Sussex and a BA in International Relations from Goldsmith College, University of London.
EVENTS PROGRAMME MANAGER
Prior to joining the Centre for Progressive Policy part time, Sara worked as a Public Events Programmer at the RSA running the RSA Thursday series and co-commissioning the RSA Shorts series. Before that she worked as an Events Producer for the Centre for London think tank. Sara has also worked for the Engagement and Culture teams at the GLA, where she was involved in the London 2012 Festival and managed the Fourth Plinth Programme. She's also been an associate producer for the Battle of Ideas, which takes place once a year at the Barbican. Sara holds a BA in Humanities from Pompeu Fabra University (a year of which she coursed at the Maastricht University's Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences) and a second degree in Journalism & Media.
Senior Network Lead: Inclusive Growth Network
Annabel is Senior Network Lead for the Inclusive Growth Network, working with cities and regions across the country to foster place-based approaches to inclusive economic growth. Before joining CPP, Annabel played a leading role in establishing Bristol's One City Approach, where she also worked as a Policy Advisor to the Mayor. She holds an MA from the University of St Andrews, and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge researching gender and economics.
SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST
Rosie is a Senior Research Analyst at the Centre for Progressive Policy. Before joining CPP, she worked as a Senior Economist in the Cabinet Office; leading research to support preparations for EU Exit and advising the Finance Director on investment decisions. She has also held several other government positions, including working in HM Treasury, delivering the Chancellor’s Economic and Financial Dialogues with India and Brazil. Rosie holds an MA in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.
John Kay is one of Britain’s leading economists whose interests focus on the relationships between economics, finance and business. His career has spanned academic work and think tanks, business schools, company directorships, consultancies and investment companies. Today his main focus is on writing and he is renowned for his ability to express complex ideas clearly and succinctly.
Professor Alison Wolf
BARONESS WOLF OF DULWICH CBE
Alison Wolf is the skills policy advisor to the Prime Minister, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London and sits in the House of Lords as a cross-bench peer. She directs the International Centre for University Policy Research within the Policy Institute at King’s, and the MSc in Executive Management within King’s Business School and was founding Chair of Governors of King’s College London Mathematics School.
John Godfrey has spent more than thirty years working in the City of London. His career includes Japanese, US and European financial institutions and he is currently Corporate Affairs Director at Legal & General, the UK’s largest investor. Between 2016 and 2017 he was Head of the Downing Street Policy Unit, and was previously Special Advisor at the Home Office under the Thatcher government.
Sarah O'Connor is an investigations correspondent and columnist at the Financial Times, with a particular focus on the world of work. She joined the FT in 2007 after graduating with a double-first in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.
Roger Bootle is the founder and chairman of Capital Economics, one of the world’s largest independent macroeconomics consultancies, and a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph. He has written several books, including Making a Success of Brexit. In 2012 Roger and a team from Capital Economics won the Wolfson Prize.
Norma Cohen was awarded a PhD in 2020 from QMUL for research on financing the First World War. Before that, she was a journalist at the Financial Times, most recently specialising in demography, pensions, and economics. She has an MSc from the London School of Economics, an MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a graduate of City College of New York. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
Norman Cumming read Economics at Cambridge and after working at HM Treasury and Shell, has spent most of his career in investment management, inter alia as Head of Fixed Income for UBS Global Asset Management. He now runs investment manager CR Global LLP; chairs the Investment Committee at the charity UnLtd; and sits on the Investment Committee of Clare College.
Charles Dumas has been with Lombard Street Research, now TS Lombard, since 1998. He is a recognised authority on financial markets and the world economy, including the US, China, the Eurozone and Japan. Charles has had extensive experience as an investment banker and journalist, including working at The Economist and publishing four books.
Stephen Hockman QC has been in practice at the Bar for 40 years. He specialises in regulatory law, particularly in the environmental and health and safety fields. In 2011 he wrote Legislating for responsible capitalism: what it means in practice, which was published by Policy Network. Stephen was the Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales in 2006.
Dina Medland is an independent writer, editor and commentator focused on corporate governance, ethics and the workings of the boardroom. She is on the team of contributors to @ForbesEurope and is an ex-Financial Times permanent staff member who has been a regular contributor in recent years.
Professor John Muellbauer is a Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College, Professor of Economics and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, of the Econometric Society, of the European Economic Association and a CEPR Research Fellow.
John Plender is a columnist at the Financial Times specialising in economic and monetary policy. John’s most recent book is Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets. He has served as chair of the Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) and a FTSE 350 company. He currently chairs the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.
Nick Tyrone is a policy expert who is the former Executive Director of Centreforum. Nick worked on the Red Tape Initiative with Sir Oliver Letwin between 2017 and 2019. He is also the writer of several books, fiction and non-fiction, and has contributed to the New Statesman and the Spectator.