The Centre is formed of a core team of researchers and staff. We are supported by an advisory policy council who advice on the broad direction of the Centre and by visiting fellows who contribute on a project by project basis.

The Team

Charlotte Alldritt

Director (maternity leave)

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.

Zoë Billingham

Co-director (maternity cover)

Zoë is Co-Director 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.

Francesca Cave

Programme Coordinator: Inclusive Growth Network

Francesca is the Programme Coordinator for the Inclusive Growth Network, working to support the delivery of place-based approaches to inclusive economic growth. She is responsible for the operational delivery of the network and the successful running of IGN events, workshops and projects. Francesca holds an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from LSE alongside a BSc in Economics and Management from the University of Bristol.

Ben Franklin

Co-Director (maternity leave)

Ben is Co-director, 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.

Samantha Griffiths

Executive Assistant and Team Administrator

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.

Dean Hochlaf

Research Analyst

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.

Ross Mudie

Research analyst

Ross is a research analyst with interests in inequality, innovation, and sustainable community development. Having spent brief spells working on policy and strategy development in local government, he was most recently a research assistant at United Nations University-MERIT, where he holds a Double MSc in Public Policy and Human Development along with Maastricht University.

Sara O'Donnell


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.

Annabel Smith

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.

Rosie Stock Jones


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.

Policy Council

& Visiting Fellows

Ben Lucas

Policy Council

Ben is one of the Founding Directors of Metro Dynamics, an economic consultancy providing strategic advice, research and analysis to a broad client base from the public and private sectors who are leading, growing or investing in places.

Ben leads Metro Dynamics’ major strategy projects for clients across the UK. He is an expert on the political and economic drivers that are needed for growth and how to shape narratives that best reflect these. He advises places on governance, inclusive growth and how best to work with Westminster and Whitehall.

Prior to founding Metro Dynamics, Ben had a long career in public policy and communications, advising cities, businesses and charities on how best to achieve their public affairs objectives. He has worked with Ministers, Officials and Local Government Leaders on a range of public policy issues, has set up and run a public affairs consultancy and two highly influential Commissions, the 2020 Public Services Commission and the RSA City Growth Commission.

He is an adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a member of the Post Office Advisory Council and a Trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation. Ben is a graduate of Liverpool University, with a Joint Honours BA in History and Politics.

Dina Medland

Visiting Fellow

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.

John Godfrey

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.

John Muellbauer

Visiting Fellow

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

Visiting 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

Visiting Fellow

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.

Norma Cohen

Visiting Fellow

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

Visiting Fellow

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.

Roger Bootle

Visiting Fellow

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.

Stephen Hockman

Visiting Fellow

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.