Dan Corry

Dan is Chief Executive of NPC. This followed 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 (now New Local) 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 Chair of Carers Trust and a trustee of homelessness charity St Mungo’s. He is a former member of the Research Committee of the ESRC and of the Greater Manchester Economic Advisory Panel. He is currently a member of the Policy Advisory Group of the Future Governance Forum.

You can find Dan on X and LinkedIn.

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!

Highlights of my work

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Having impact and rising to the challenge

Why politics should take civil society seriously

Should a Labour government care about philanthropy?

How should Labour work with the voluntary sector in government?

NPC Ignites 2023: Social impact and politics

NPC is moving office

Britain is in crisis. How much can we ask of charities?

Why we need a Civil Society Improvement Agency

Why assessing impact remains crucial

What is the future for Social Impact Bonds?

Involving the social sector in social prescribing

Why we should watch the new Chelsea charity closely

A big year for social impact and for NPC

Embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into everything we do

Will Sunak’s Spending Review choose to pursue happiness?

Rethink, Rebuild: Dan Corry’s speech to NPC Ignites 2021

Using what we learnt during the pandemic to tackle inequality

Is ‘levelling up’ just a soundbite?

Don’t stifle the voice of civil society

It’s time to Rethink and Rebuild

Which Chancellor will charities get this Budget?

Civil society needs a seat at the table

Will the Spending Review end 2020 with a bang?

Stories from small organisations that are improving their impact

Up for it, and up to it?

Where now for the sector?

Embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of NPC

How can charities help fight rising unemployment?

What have we learnt from the Covid-19 volunteering boom?

The future of charity

The lockdown exit strategy is crucial

A message from NPC’s CEO, Dan Corry

A joint letter to philanthropists

Why government and philanthropists must come together for charities now

The Budget 2020: Is it the ‘end of austerity’ for the social sector?

Charities keep us healthy

Build on the social aspect of towns

An agenda for impact in 2020

One week ’till NPC Ignites 2019!

The case for a Civil Society Improvement agency

Should insourcing be the default: What might it mean for charities?

Three asks for the new government

Charity tax commission

Troubled Families is not the Holy Grail

Where are we on health?

Putting the people into NPC: Our new strategy

2019: The year ahead for NPC

NPC welcomes new Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Mims Davies

2018 Budget reaction from NPC CEO Dan Corry

Building a better sense of community

Where now for the National Citizens Service?

#NPCIgnites2018: Meeting the challenge of change

Submission to the civil society strategy

Some problems with place

The past and potential of ‘place’

The 2017 budget at a glance

Giving the voluntary sector some space to think

Are we missing the bigger picture?

Post-Peterborough, let’s keep debating the value of SIBs

The future of measurement and evaluation

Happy birthday to us! NPC turns 15

How a Brexit-dominated Election will stifle broader debate

Looking ahead to 2017: A new year and a new milestone

Uncertainty prevails as the 2016 Autumn Statement approaches

Troubled evaluations

A view from the 2016 party conferences

4Children’s demise: Why we need to know what happened

Some ifs and buts around Social Impact Bonds

Where are we at with Social Impact Bonds?

Thinking ahead: What does the future hold for charities?

Brexit and the need for big thinking

What can charities glean from the Queen’s Speech?

Social capital: Charities and the London Mayor

What does the 2016 Budget mean for the sector?

Charities are a key piece in the devolution puzzle

The 2015 Spending Review: What charities need to know

Party conferences, fringes, and the charity sector

NPC Ignites: An antidote to defensive thinking

Shifting ground for charities?

We’re off to party conferences—here’s why

A new focus on outcomes?

9% loss on a social investment portfolio—good or bad?

Commissioning: here to stay

The Queen’s Speech: Charities had better be up for the challenge

Anything but the same old

The best big idea (since the last one)

Effective philanthropy gets a boost

Some goodies for charities in the Autumn Statement. But the worst isn’t over yet

Party conference season is almost over, what did we learn?

Aspirations and reality—how the voluntary sector can achieve even more

Grasping the ageing nettle

The voluntary sector: more than just outsourcing fodder

How do companies create social value?

Social investment—the pros and cons

The Charity Commission: down but not out – yet


Charities at party conferences: worth it?

Tax breaks for social investment

How much are charity CEOs worth?

The Spending Review pickle

Justify your spending

Where did our public service ethos go?

In charities we trust

The key to collaborative success

Is the big society really dead?

With benefits dwindling, who will look after the ‘undeserving’ poor?

A commissioner’s outlook

The deciding time

What does the new NHS mean for charities?

A question of scale

Are we being uncharitable?

Is BCG’s estimate of social investment demand right?

Transforming the charity sector

£20bn ‘opportunity’ for private NHS providers – so where do charities stand?

Perplexed about philanthropy

We’re never too old to learn

When the going gets tough: Charities’ experiences of public sector commissioning

What will the Giving Summit give to the sector?

Big Society Capital opens for business

Budget 2012: what the Chancellor didn’t say

Digging down into donor motivation

Nice work if you can get it

The dangers of Payment by Results

A revolution in measurement? Using the internet to make high quality evaluation accessible

Social policy kitemark: A Nice idea?

Debut at the Emirates

Working together for a bigger impact

NPC welcomes its new Chief Executive