Our Work

Policy Advisory Board

To help us further develop our role as the leading think tank for the charity sector we have recruited an expert Policy Advisory Board. The Board provides guidance and advice on our emerging policy work and shares insights on the cross-cutting themes affecting charities and civil society that we are exploring.

NPC’s Policy Advisory Board includes:

Dame Kate Barker

KateKate Barker is a business economist. She is vice-chairman of the Society of Business Economists, non-exec board member at the Office for Budget Responsibility and trustee of Essex Community Foundation. She led the King’s Fund Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care and a major policy review for Government on housing supply. Kate is a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.


Neil Sherlock 

Neil is a Partner at PwC, and was a special adviser to the former Deputy Prime Minister and thirty years ago was the President of the Oxford Union beating Boris Johnson. Neil has served as a member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, the Alan Milburn Commission which looked at access to the professions and was Chairman of Working Families. Neil was awarded a CBE in 2015 for public & political service.


Tom Gash


Tom is an advisor, consultant, researcher and writer who helps people to think differently about the big challenges facing governments worldwide. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London’s Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science. He is author of Criminal: The truth about why people do bad things (Penguin 2016) and a former adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.


Daria Kuznetsova                                                   

DariaDaria is Strategy and Market Development Director at Big Society Capital. There she focuses on blended capital, Social Impact Bonds, health and social care, and education. She previously worked in various public policy and strategy roles, most recently at New Local Government Network and the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit. She has also held a number of research positions and has an MPA in International Development from London School of Economics.


Neil McInroy

NeilNeil is Chief Executive of CLES–a charity and research organisation dedicated to economic development and local governance. His current focus is a new economic model for places, which includes economic resilience, collaboration, networks and new forms of public service delivery. He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Manchester and a Visiting Fellow at Edge Hill University. He chairs the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group.


Katherine Rake

KatherineKatherine has 20 years of policy making experience. She is Founder and Chief Executive of totalpolicy, a consultancy helping develop effective, person-centred and integrated policies across health, social care, housing and welfare divides. She was the first Chief Executive of Healthwatch England and previously Chief Executive of the Family and Parenting Institute and the Fawcett Society. She is a trustee of the Centre for Ageing Better and a governor at LSE.


Charlotte Ravenscroft


Charlotte is Director at Evidential Consulting. Previously she was Head of Policy and Public Services at NCVO focused on funding, public service delivery and strengthening the evidence base for voluntary action. She previously worked at the Big Lottery Fund and DfE, developing policy and programmes for children and young people. Charlotte is on the board of Enabling Enterprise, an award-winning Community Interest Company that helps young people develop their employability and enterprise skills.


Sonia Sodha

SoniaSonia is chief leader writer at the Observer and a public policy and strategy consultant. She’s also a governor of a primary school and a trustee of City Year UK and Trust for London. She was previously Head of Public Services and Consumer Rights at consumer champion Which? and before that senior policy adviser to Ed Miliband. She was also a commissioner on NPC’s Commission on the Voluntary Sector & Ageing.



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