Simon Kaye

Director of Policy

I came to London as an undergraduate in 2005 – and never left. In 2015 I was awarded a PhD from the Department of Political Economy in King’s College London. In 2018 I left the world of academia behind to work in policy research full time. Before joining Reform, I worked at the Constitution Unit, the Hansard Society, the Project for Modern Democracy, the Commission for Smart Government, and New Local.

I have diverse research interests, including democratic systems, policymaking, Whitehall reform, devolution, and community power.

My favourite Reformer is…

Eleanor Rathbone – feminist MP, social campaigner, opponent of the Boer War and of appeasement, public administration expert, inventor of the family allowance, and one of the architects of women’s suffrage!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My two year-old, usually.