Charlotte Pickles


I have the honour of leading the outstanding Reform team. I took up the role of Director in April, but previously spent three years as Reform’s Deputy Director. During my hiatus from Reform I was first Capitalism Editor and columnist, and then Managing Editor, of the media start up

I’ve worked in a variety of roles across the public, private and third sectors looking at how to reform public services in order to deliver better outcomes and better value for money. I started my public policy career at the Centre for Social Justice before heading into government as Expert Advisor to then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith. After leaving government I spent time advising a major police force, and then working as a management consultant in the public sector practice of a global consultancy firm.

I am privileged to be a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) and the NHS Assembly.


29th April 2020

Working through it: Assessing state employment support responses to the coronavirus

The coronavirus has produced a once-in-a-generation economic challenge, threatening business and employment across every sector of the economy. In response, countries across the world have implemented policies of state support to allow companies to maintain employees, even if they cannot work due to lockdown restrictions.

This Reform Ideas sets the UK’s Job Retention Scheme against comparable countries’ programmes of support and, while initially successful, outlines how the scheme can adopt measures already in place elsewhere to make it more flexible and allow for support to distributed more fairly across the economy.