Theo Clay

Theo is NPC’s Policy Manager working across our policy and think tank work, including the State of the Sector programme and our work on place-based approaches. Theo is also NPC’s Criminal Justice Lead and he co-authored the three most recent papers in NPC’s Beyond Bars programme: Independent, Effective, Humane: The case for funding charities in the prison system, How are charities accessing people in prison to deliver vital services and How are charities influencing change in the prison system.

He also has a particular interest in involvement in the non-profit sector, and the transformative role that different voices can play. Theo co-authored NPC’s paper Make it Count: Why impact matters in user involvement.

Prior to working at NPC, Theo worked as Grants and Trusts Researcher for a charity in Bristol, and in Shanghai teaching with the British Council and as Programme Manager for a local charity

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Why I work for NPC

At NPC I am constantly learning: from the people around me, the organisations I work with and the topics I’m introduced to. I’m always inspired to draw from this to tackle the big issues I care about.

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Briefing: The UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Funding the journey from care

Levelling Up and social needs: An analysis of government’s progress

Breaking reoffending cycles in the criminal justice system

Lessons learnt from working on the EU Settlement Scheme

How charities have reacted to Covid-19

Accelerated legacies

Our framework for Place

Justice Select Committee Inquiry into Prison Governance

Settled status: What level of take-up can we expect?

How are charities influencing change in the prison system?

Funding a good start: Philanthropy and the early years sector

Make it count: Why impact matters in user involvement


What the 2022 Queen’s speech means for the social sector

What will the Spring Statement mean for charities?

Improving the relationship between charities and government

Grading the levelling up White Paper: Shows promise but room for improvement

Taking a whole-system approach to criminal justice

How we can solve systemic failure in the criminal justice system

The next stage of State of the Sector 2020

Behind the figures

State of the Sector 2020

Nothing is settled

Learning to involve stakeholders in your charity’s work

Charities in prisons: Relationships, incentives, and access