Aidan Shilson-Thomas

Senior Researcher

Since joining Reform as a Researcher in November 2018 I’ve worked on projects spanning homelessness, commissioning, digitisation, welfare, and the justice system. Previously I was a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Bristol, which is responsible for monitoring the Prison’s performance and the welfare of prisoners held there. I have a strong interest in policymaking in this area, and in the pursuit of social justice through more effective public services. 

I have an undergraduate degree in history and have also worked as a Researcher for the Brigstow Institute at the University of Bristol. My research considered how industrial and technological developments in the 19th century impacted workers in what is now Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. 

Outside of work I like being outdoors, cooking Meera Sodha’s recipes, live music, and I spend a lot of time skateboarding. 

My favourite Reformer is... Mary Carpenter, a Bristol social reformer and abolitionist.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? Black coffee(s).


7th June 2019

#Reformdigitalhealth conference 2019

On 5th June 2019, Reform held its #reformdigitalhealth 2019 conference, 'Unlocking the promise of digital health'. It explored what we can learn from failures in digital health, getting the implementation right and reimagining the future of healthcare. 

The event brought together a range of voices including patients, public service leaders, businesses and future thinkers. 

You can find videos and highlights from the day below.