Institute for Government

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A panel discussion at the Institute for Government in 2011.

The Institute for Government is a UK based independent think tank which aims to improve government effectiveness through research and analysis, it was founded as a charity in 2008.[1] It was initially funded with approximately £15 million by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, at the instigation of Lord Sainsbury.[2] Its first director was David Halpern, until his move to the Behavioural Insights Team in 2010.

The Institute's stated aims are to engage with Members of Parliament and top UK civil servants by:

  • supporting the development and skills of senior public servants, politicians and political advisors
  • conducting and funding research on public administration and government
  • providing ‘thought leadership’ on effective government through publications, seminars and events.

Bronwen Maddox is the Director of the Institute for Government, taking over from the Rt Hon. Peter Riddell in September 2016. For the previous five and a half years, she was the Editor and Chief Executive of Prospect, the UK’s leading current affairs and culture monthly title.[citation needed] Previously Bronwen spent 14 years at The Times, where she was the paper’s Chief Foreign Commentator, Foreign Editor, and US Editor and Washington Bureau Chief. She also worked at the Financial Times, where she ran the paper’s year-long, award-winning, investigation into the publishing tycoon, Robert Maxwell.

Bronwen is the author of In Defence of America, a book arguing the case for supporting the US after the Iraq war. Before she started her career in journalism, she was a high-profile investment analyst in the City and on Wall Street, and a Director of Kleinwort Benson Securities, now part of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. She is a member of the Council of the Ditchley Foundation, the historic conference centre which fosters transatlantic relations.

On 4 November 2010, the charity was named Think Tank of the Year in Prospect Magazine's annual awards.

The Institute is based at 2 Carlton Gardens in central London.


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