Institute For Government Appoints Rt Hon Peter Riddell As Director

17th November 2011 Institute For Government Appoints Rt Hon Peter Riddell As Director

The Institute for Government is pleased to announce that Peter Riddell, the former Times and Financial Times journalist and Senior Fellow of the Institute, will become its Director from 1st January 2012.

He will take over from Lord Andrew Adonis, who is leaving the organisation to pursue his public policy interests, specifically his passion for education. 

Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Chair of the Board of Governors, said:

 “I am delighted that Peter Riddell is to be the new Director. He has unrivalled experience in journalism and politics and is greatly respected in Whitehall and Westminster. I know that under Peter’s leadership the organisation will go from strength to strength.

I should also like to thank Andrew Adonis for the important contribution he has made to the Institute, which has flourished under his leadership. I am pleased that he will continue to be actively engaged with the Institute, including its work on city mayors, devolution, Parliamentary accountability and Whitehall reform.”

Lord Adonis has been at the Institute since September 2010. Since then the organisation has seen its profile and influence grow, becoming Prospect Magazine’s Think Tank of the Year for 2010.

Speaking about the change of leadership, Lord Adonis said:
“The Institute for Government now has a significant role at the heart of Whitehall and Westminster and it has been a privilege to play a part in its development.  Peter Riddell has been a senior fellow of the Institute since its creation, and he is brilliantly qualified to take it forward.”

Looking ahead, Peter Riddell said:
“I am honoured and excited to be appointed Director of the Institute of the Government and to have the opportunity to work with a lively team who care passionately about our purpose - to help make government work better.

Over the past three years, the Institute has grown in reputation and influence, and I am fortunate to take over an organisation which has been strengthened and broadened by Andrew. We now have an impressive team of programme directors and researchers who produce excellent work and are active in spreading our message. Our intern programme means that we are also developing new talent. I look forward to working with all of them and with our fellows, associates and external partners to take the Institute to a new phase of its development.

Now is the time to look ahead to identify the challenges for government over the next four to five years so that the Institute can make its full contribution to improving the way we are governed.”



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