All change at CentreForum think-tank

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2012

Three bits of news from the leading (only?) liberal think-tank, CentreForum…

First a departure: chief economist Tim Leunig is leaving to to serve as Policy Adviser in the Department for Education. I detect David Laws’ hand in that decision. Tim is an undoubted economic liberal but defies ideological pigeon-holing — the fact that he stood for and was elected to the Lib Dems’ Social Liberal Forum’s council testifies to that. He has a forensically rigorous mind which sometimes leads him to conclusions that folk take umbrage at (the people of Liverpool for a start!), but he is utterly and brilliantly relentless in pursuit of evidence-led policy that he believes will produce better outcomes for the disadvantaged. CentreForum’s loss is the DfE’s gain.

And then two arrivals: Stephen Lee as CentreForum’s new chief executive, succeeding Chris Nicholson; and Richard Reeves as Associate Director, who, CentreForum’s chair Paul Marshall says, “has a number of thought provoking policy proposals in the pipeline which will be published by CentreForum over the next few years” — a couple of which I wrote about here last night. They’re both big-hitters and a sign that CentreForum aims to continue punching above its weight in the years to come.