The Rt Hon the Lord Adonis of Camden Town
Former Transport Secretary, Schools Minister, Head of the No.10 Policy Unit, and Chair of the Infrastructure Commission
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The Rt Hon the Lord Adonis of Camden Town
Both as advisor and then minister, Andrew Adonis was a key architect of Tony Blair’s public service reforms in education, health, local government, policing and transport. He has deep
and broad experience of the challenge of leadership, change management and policy implementation in complex organisations – and in difficult conditions.
As Labour Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew prepared the plan for the HS2 rail line which was adopted Conservative/Lib-Dem Government. As Schools Minister he was the driving force behind the Academies programme which led to the creation of 400 ‘independent state schools’ – again it became the model for the incoming government. He also pioneered the controversial introduction of university tuition fees, now broadly accepted by all main parties.
After an early career as Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford and Public Policy Editor of the Financial Times, Andrew spent two years as Head of the No.10 Policy Unit. One of the most ardent modernisers, he became the Prime Minister’s principal advisor on domestic policy and is widely respected by all parts of the political spectrum for his understanding of policy, implementation and strategy.
Andrew’s experience and knowledge of both policy and infrastructure saw him appointed Chair of the newly created National Infrastructure Commission. The Commission’s role is to make long-term decisions on infrastructure projects in the UK with a view to what is necessary for the economy, what is required to realise it, and its effects.
Lord Adonis is author of books on parliamentary reform, the class system and the infamous poll tax – and was named ‘Peer of the Year’ in Channel Four’s awards. After leaving the Cabinet he became Chairman of a cross-party think tank, working on ways to improve the effectiveness of government.
Carole Cadwalladr broke the story on the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal throwing a spotlight on the protection of personal data in the public domain, and how governments and companies use data to deliver services, target unsuspecting subjects and influence our lives. The ethical and legal dimensions will reverberate for years.
Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986, and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000. A frequent writer and speaker on trends, leadership and performance management, he has directed hundreds of surveys examining consumer trends and citizen behaviour.
From 1987-1992 Ben worked in our private sector business on corporate reputation and consumer research, working for companies like Shell, BAE Systems, Sky TV and IBM. Since 1992 he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health, as well as a wide range of local authorities and NHS Trusts.
He became Chief Executive of Ipsos in the UK and Ireland in 2009.
Ben is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and serves on advisory groups at the Kings Fund, Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Social Market Foundation (SMF), and is a Trustee at the Centre for London. He is also a commissioner on the Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission. He was named in GQ’s 100 Most Connected Men of 2015.
He regularly appears on national TV and radio programmes.