Simon KayeDirector of Policy
In April 2022 I joined Reform as Director of Policy, leading our programme of research and working to achieve impact with our ideas, as well as running our Reimagining Whitehall workstream and Reform Scholars Programme.
Having gained a PhD in Political Theory in 2015, I worked for a while in academia. In 2018 I made the leap to think tanks, exploring the practical side of my research interests in democratic systems, government reform, political economy, localism, and the way that knowledge affects policy. I have written major reports on community power, self-governance, and reform strategies for both local and central government.
At Reform I have authored work on the pathologies of the Whitehall system and the future of levelling up.
My favourite Reformer is…
Eleanor Rathbone – feminist MP, social campaigner, opponent of the Boer War and of appeasement, public administration expert, inventor of the family allowance, and one of the architects of women’s suffrage!
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My kids, usually...