Patrick King

Research and Events Assistant

I was born in Germany, to parents teaching in the armed forces, and spent my childhood going to Christmas markets in Düsseldorf and Osnabrück. I then moved to Somerset, and eventually London, where I completed my undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at UCL. Before starting at Reform, I worked as a Public Affairs intern at Whitehouse Communications, where I worked on environmental, energy and healthcare campaigns. I also gained experience with a student-led think tank whilst at university, supporting their publications team and attending conferences in Boston and Cambridgeshire. I am especially interested in healthcare and taxation, having written my undergraduate thesis on the history of a wealth tax in the UK. Outside of work, I like to explore the food hotspots of Dalston and to avoid checking the Watford FC result on Saturdays. 


My favourite Reformer is… Robert Peel, for repealing the Corn Laws and empowering the rural poor of England. 


What gets you out of bed in the morning? My Spotify Discover Weekly playlist.

8th September 2021

A State of preparedness: how government can build resilience to civil emergencies

The COVID-19 pandemic is the most serious civil emergency this country has faced in peacetime; unprecedented in its scale, complexity, and duration. Despite the fact that extensive central government machinery exists to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to civil emergencies, the pandemic has exposed critical shortcomings in preparedness and resilience.