Dan became Chief Executive of NPC in 2011 following a variety of posts in public policy and economics. He was Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister on the Economy from 2007 to 2010.
Dan has been Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Treasury and has worked as a special adviser to the Secretary of State in the Education Department as well as at DTI and DCLG. He was a Director in the Economics segment of FTI Consulting. He ran the New Local Government Network think tank between 2002 and 2005, which was voted Think Tank of the Year in 2004 and was Senior Economist at the IPPR in the 1990s.
Dan is a member of the Early Action Taskforce, which helps make the case for a shift in priorities away from coping with the consequences of social problems towards work that prevents them arising. He is a member of the Advisory Boards for Big Society Capital, Impetus–PEF, and the Centre for Public Scrutiny, as well as a member of the Charity Tax Commission.
He is a trustee of St Mungo’s, 19 Princelet Street and of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, and a former member of the Research Committee of the ESRC and of the Greater Manchester Economic Advisory Panel.
Why I work for NPC
I love the passion and sense of mission that pervades the sector. At NPC I try to make sure that we are helping to turn all of that into real outcomes so that we can all help as many beneficiaries as we can—it’s well worth getting out of bed for!
A snapshot of my work at NPC
Where are England’s charities?
A new era of openness to drive a more impactful civil society: NPC’s manifesto for the new government
Four ideas to strengthen civil society: NPC’s open letter to the next UK government
Charities and the life chances agenda
Should you hitch your wagon to well-being?
Decision time: Will the voluntary sector embrace the age of opportunity?
Rebuilding the relationship between affordable housing and philanthropy
The future of charity
Why government and philanthropists must come together for charities now
Charities keep us healthy
Where now for the National Citizens Service?
Ignites 2018: Meeting the challenge of change
Some problems with place
Giving the voluntary sector some space to think
Are we missing the bigger picture?