Board of Governors

Board of Governors

The PPIW had an independent Board of Governors, whose role it was to oversee the work of the Institute; safeguarding its independence and ensuring the quality of its work.

adrian webb smallProfessor Sir Adrian Webb (Chair)

B.Soc.Sci., M.Sc.Econ., D.Litt.

Adrian has held varied and numerous advisory roles in Whitehall (for the Departments of Education; Health and Social Services; HM Treasury; Ministry of Justice) and the Welsh Government.  A former University Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Social Policy, he is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Wales Government Board and Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, Wales and a Non-Executive Director of the UK Board.

george boyne smallProfessor George Boyne

MA, MLitt., PhD, AcSS

George is Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Public Sector Management at Cardiff University. He was President of the U.S. Public Management Research Association from 2009-2011 and has served as an adviser to the OECD.  He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Chair of the Public and Non-Profit Division of the Academy of Management.

Alice Brown smallProfessor Alice Brown CBE

MA, PhD, FRSE, FRCP Edin., FRSA, AcSS, Cipfa (Hon)

Alice is Chair of the Scottish Funding Council. She was Scotland’s first Public Services Ombudsman and the first woman General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Alice has served in a wide range of expert advisory roles including as a Sunningdale Fellow, member of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council, Trustee of the David Hume Institute and Chair of the Lay Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.  Her research has focused on economic and labour market policy; equal opportunities; women and politics, and constitutional change.

Ruth Hall smallDr Ruth Hall CBE


Ruth, a previous Chief Medical Officer for Wales, is a longstanding member of NICE’s Public Health Advisory Committee and holds a visiting chair at the University of the West of England. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Natural Resources Wales and a member of the All Wales Partnership of the Canal and River Trust. She has held a variety of board and advisory roles at national level in health and environment fields, including board membership of the Environment Agency.

Gerry Holtham smallProfessor Gerry Holtham

BA, MPhil

Gerry is Managing Partner of Cadwyn Capital LLP.  His previous roles include Chief Investment Officer of Morley Fund Management, Director of the IPPR and Head of the OECD’s General Economics Division. His academic appointments include Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and Visiting Fellow of the Brookings Institution, Washington DC.  Gerry is currently a Director of the Institute of Welsh Affairs and a member of the Assembly Government’s Economic Research Advisory Panel.

Will Hutton smallWill Hutton

MA, B.Soc.Sci, MBA

Will is Principal of Hertford College, Oxford and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre. He is a trustee of the Scott Trust, Non-Executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult, chair of the Independent Fees Commission, and Emeritus Governor of LSE.  His previous roles include Chief Executive and Vice Chair of The Work Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of The Observer.  Will has been a visiting Professor at Bristol University and was recently offered a honorary professorship in Lancaster University Management School.

ceridwen roberts smallCeridwen Roberts OBE


Ceridwen is a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention. She was Director of the Family Policy Studies Centre, has held research and management posts in Government and academia as an industrial sociologist, and served as Chair of the Social Research Association from 2001 to 2005. Her research interests are in changing nature of family life and the interplay between family change and public policy and the experiences of women in the workplace.

Jane Roberts smallDame Jane Roberts DBE


Jane is a Consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry and the Medical Director of Islington Primary Care Trust.  She is a trustee of the Institute of Public Policy Research, Chair of the New Local Government Network, Chair of the charity Parenting UK, and a Non-Executive board member of Ofsted.  She was leader of the London Borough of Camden and chaired the UK government’s Councillors Commission.

Phil Sooben smallPhil Sooben


Phil is Director of Policy, Resources and Communications and Deputy Chief Executive at the Economic and Social Research Council.  He represents ESRC on the RCUK Efficiency and Reform Group, which he also chaired from 2008 to April 2010, and chairs the RCUK Client Service Group for the Shared Services Centre.  Phil also leads for the ESRC on the ‘What Works’ initiative.

Former Members:

Richard Parry Jones CBERichard Parry Jones CBE

BSc, FREng.

Richard is Chairman of Network Rail and former Group Vice President-Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer at the Ford Motor Company. He is a Senior Independent Director of GKN plc, a Council Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Bangor University, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Royal Society of Statistical Science.


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