Drawing on an expert Steering Group and convening groups across business, the public sector and civil society, PwC will explore how government can create a fair and inclusive future in our 2019 research programme. Read more about our Steering Group, below.
Alan is Chair of PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board. He is an expert in strategic thinking and health policy. Alan was an MP for 18 years and served for five years in Tony Blair’s Cabinet, first as Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1998 to 1999, and subsequently as Secretary of State for Health until 2003. At the Department of Health, he led a radical reform programme of health and social care services including the creation of a market within the NHS, autonomous NHS Foundation Trusts, choice for patients and devolution of decision-making.
“Governments of the future have a big job to heal the nation after the divisions exposed by the global financial crisis and Brexit. This project will try to show how government can change so that Britain can change - to become fairer and more inclusive. I am excited to be involved in helping make it happen.”
Nick Macpherson sits as a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords. He was Permanent Secretary of the Treasury for over ten years, leading the Treasury through the financial and wider economic crisis which began in 2007. Nick joined the Treasury in 1985, was Principal Private Secretary to Ken Clarke and Gordon Brown in the 1990s, and went on to head the public spending and tax sides of the Treasury. Nick is Chairman of Hoare's Bank, a Director of the Scottish American Investment Trust and British Land and a Visiting Professor at King's College, London.
Nina Bjornstad, North European lead for Google Cloud Consulting
Nina is the Northern European lead for Google Cloud Consulting. She has twenty years’ experience working for the pioneers in technology: Amazon, Microsoft and Google in a variety of roles in the US, UK and Western Europe. She joined Google in 2014 as Country Manager for Google Cloud for UK&I where she led digital transformation in companies of all sizes. Nina is on PwC’s UK Advisory Board. She was awarded a place on the list of the 50 top Norwegian tech women in business in 2019.
"We are able to be connected in ways never before possible and I am excited to see how technology can play a pivotal role in shaping a fairer and more inclusive Britain."
Ruth joined Whizz-Kidz as Chief Executive in 2004. A wheelchair user from the age of seven, Ruth believes passionately in the importance of independent mobility in a child’s life. Ruth has led the charity to become the largest provider of powered and lightweight manual wheelchairs for disabled children outside of the NHS, and one of the leading campaigning organisations in the sector.
Ruth was awarded an OBE in 2012 in recognition of her services for disabled children and young people nationally. In 2019 she was selected to be a member of The Mayor of London’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.
“Education, employment and technology can transform the lives of young disabled people who have a meaningful contribution to make to Britain – now and in the future. I’m delighted to be involved in PwC's Future of Government programme to explore how we can achieve this, to enable young disabled people to thrive and fulfil their true potential.”
Ruth Ibegbuna, Director at The Roots Programme
Ruth is Director at The Roots Programme, a radical new initiative that believes our society benefits if we bring together people with hugely different lives in an authentic and meaningful way. She is also the Founder of RECLAIM, building on her successful teaching career to develop innovative strengths-based work which enables young people to achieve their potential.
Anna is Director of Reputation at PwC where she works closely with the Executive Board and Lines of Service to advise on political issues including political risk and Brexit. Anna joined the firm in 2014 and has ten years’ experience in public affairs and political relations, working across a wide range of sectors including telecoms, pharmaceuticals and retail.
Sir Charles is Senior Partner at PwC, where he works on the delivery of audit, assurance and capital market transaction services to larger listed and multinational companies – and has acted as Lead and Global Relationship Partner for a number of our firm’s key clients. He is Chairman of the UK firm’s China Business Group and leads the Government and Public Sector Assurance practice.
He was elected the Alderman of the ward of Lime Street in the City of London in May 2013 and served as the 690th Lord Mayor of London in 2017/18.
“Having just completed a year in public office as the Lord Mayor of the City of London and given this critical point in our country's history, I am particularly pleased to be engaged in a campaign which will, we hope, help government - and us all - transform for a fairer future for the UK.”
Neil is a special adviser to PwC, jointly chairs the French Chamber of Commerce Brexit Forum and is on the advisory board of Echo Research. When Neil was a special adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister in the Coalition Government he advised on business, Europe and constitutional issues. In 2015 he was awarded a CBE for his public and political service.
“I am excited to be part of this project. A strong partnership between all parts of government, business and civil society will be critical to tackling the problems of those ‘left behind’ in Britain. The key test in my view will be to deliver sustainable employment in our most disadvantaged communities.”
Gavin Barwell served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister from June 2017 to July 2019. As the Prime Minister’s senior political adviser, he was intimately involved in Brexit negotiations. His career has spanned British politics from grassroots campaigning through party headquarters, local government, Parliament, Ministerial office to the very centre of government. He was the Member of Parliament for Croydon Central from May 2010 until June 2017, during which time his roles included Government Whip and Minister of State for Housing & Planning and Minister for London at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
“Talent is spread evenly across the country, but opportunity is not. I am excited to be involved in this project that - based on detailed research about what informs people's perceptions of fairness - looks at what government can change to change our country for the better.”