Reform announces appointment of Charlotte Pickles as new Director

Reform is pleased to announce that Charlotte Pickles has been appointed to succeed Andrew Haldenby as its Director with effect from 23 April 2019. Charlie is currently Managing Editor of the comment and current affairs site Unherd.com. She is a former Deputy Director of Reform and was previously an adviser in government. Andrew is leaving at his own request to pursue a number of opportunities in public policy and beyond.

Charlotte Pickles said: “I am incredibly excited to be joining Reform at what is a pivotal point for public services. While Brexit has dominated the headlines, communities across the country continue to struggle with economic and social dislocation, and too often it is the most disadvantaged who are the least able to access high quality services. From homelessness to poor mental health, in-work poverty to stagnating social mobility, the need for radical thinking is urgent.

Reform has always been at the forefront of championing bold, innovative ideas, and we will continue to ask the tough questions about how public services are funded and delivered. The twin challenges of automation and ageing mean there are no easy answers. But the opportunity that better public services present to transform lives is huge.

“Britain’s domestic policy agenda has wrongly been on the political back burner, but attention is rightly now shifting to the type of country we want to be. I believe Reform can take a leading role in helping define that – and I can’t wait to get started.”

Stephen Hargrave, Chairman of Trustees, said: "We are delighted to have landed our first choice as Andrew’s successor at Reform. Charlie’s experience in government, business and not least at Reform makes her an ideal appointment. Innovative domestic policy thinking is needed in the UK now more than ever, and Reform aims to support that thinking through its programme of independent research and informative public events. The Trustees look forward to supporting Charlie as she takes Reform's work forward.

"We are sorry to see Andrew go but are extremely grateful for the enormous contribution he has made throughout his time at Reform, during which the organisation has become highly respected for the quality of its research and its cross-party independence. He leaves with our reputation and finances excellent condition, and we wish him well for the next stage of his career."

Andrew Haldenby said: "As one of the co-founders of Reform, it is a wrench to leave but after 18 years I feel I need a change which I hope will involve contributing directly to some of the policy issues I have been engaged with at Reform. I wish the new team every success and look forward to staying closely in touch with Reform's work."