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Advisory Board

The Corporate Advisory Board serves as a conduit between the Institute of Government and Public Policy and key stakeholders.  

Board members use their expertise and demonstrate their support of our aim to improve how the government is run and public policy is made.

Through our Corporate Advisory Board, we build long term relationships with stakeholders, who are looking to support the Institute's thought leadership work into the improvement of government and public policy, as well as gain greater insight and exposure to the policy debates of most interest and relevance to their organisation. In recognition of the diverse nature of the economy, we attempt to facilitate interaction between the corporate sector, Government Departments, the wider public sector, and academic researchers to achieve a positive evolution across Government and public policy. 

The independence of the Institute is central to our existence. All Corporate Advisory Board members are governed by our Independence collaboration policy. We are committed to ensuring that our relationships with our Corporate Advisory Board members are transparent and that there are no conflicts of interest that cannot be safely managed. 

Sean Hanson

Chief Executive Officer, iMPOWER

Sean has spent over 30 years working with UK public sector organisations. He has deep knowledge of, and links to, local, regional and central government operations at all levels in the UK. In 2016 Sean joined Local Partnerships as Chief Executive Officer, moving from Serco where he was Managing Director of Citizen Services UK. Local Partnerships is a joint venture between the Local Government Association, HM Treasury and the Welsh Government established to provide confidence, capability and capacity to councils and combined authorities, helping them to achieve and maintain financial resilience. 

Now Chief Executive Officer at iMPOWER, Sean sits on a range of Boards as an independent advisor. He is involved in a number of programmes where he specialises in commercial negotiations, public/private partnerships, assurance, reorganisation and shared services. Alongside his experience of central and local government, Sean brings a wealth of knowledge across the public sector, including local government, education and health. He mentors and advises senior colleagues in other public sector organisations. 

In May 2020, Sean was appointed Chair of Education Support, a UK charity dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of the education workforce. Education Support was initially established in 1877 as a benevolent fund for teachers, and today supports those working in higher education and further education as well as schools. Sean was previously Chair of the Sharnbrook Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in North Bedfordshire, between 2016-2019, and still retains a link to the Trust as a Member. He holds IRRV (Hons) and CIPFA qualifications and is a CIPFA Fellow.

Nadira Hussain

Chief Executive Officer, Socitm

An experienced ICT and change management leader with 25+ years, Nadira has worked primarily in local government; leading the ICT service, managing wider teams including digital, business improvement, transformation and customer services. Nadira has implemented numerous complex change programmes across shared services to deliver new operating models, efficiencies and service improvement.  

At Soctim, Nadira continues to focus on the work she initiated as president of the society (15/16), building the leadership, skills and diversity of the sector’s workforce. Her passion is to tackle inequality, promote professionalism, improve personal development opportunities and champion women role models. Currently she sits on workforce development advisory boards for HEE and FedIP. Her voluntary and charitable work includes; channel board member for Ada’s List, steering group member for the Shuri network and non-executive director for the #techmums board. 

John Viney


John is a highly driven and successful executive with more than 15 years expertise providing analytical insights, guiding senior leadership on strategy & operations, managing cross-functional teams, mentoring and developing current and future leaders, creating go-to-market strategies, and enhancing corporate productivity. Recognised in the marketplace as a leader in the design and execution of strategy, leadership, and business model innovation; he works closely with experienced, high-calibre executives to drive organisational change.

John spent 15 years scaling AES International to become a highly recognised award-winning revenue generator with a clear purpose, whilst honing his skills driving front-office marketing, business development, IT, and Merger and Acquisitions. Behind the scenes he created a group regulatory framework, defined and delivered a digital and scalable technology strategy, and established a global operation and service model, before more recently, leading two major acquisitions and their subsequent integrations into the group.

John has been responsible for performance of all international territories, delivering 100% of AES group revenues and a CAGR of 11.42% over past 5 years. He then focussed on evolving the company operating model and culture as it moved through its latest stages of maturity and growth.

Jonathan Holyoak

Policy and Net Zero Programme Director at Atkins

Jonathan is the Policy and Net Zero Programme Director at Atkins, the global engineering consultancy. He leads the development of Atkins’ global services to reduce carbon and support clients on their paths towards net zero emissions. He is also responsible for Atkins’ government relations, including as a strategic supplier to the UK Government. Atkins works across all aspects of the built environment, transport, energy and defence sectors. A particular priority is the work the company is doing to help tackle the affordable housing crisis through its wholly-owned subsidiary EDAROTH.

Prior to Atkins Jonathan worked for 17 years as a UK civil servant holding a range of policy roles with a strong specialism in energy and climate policy. His last role in the civil service was as the Director responsible for EU Exit negotiations on energy and climate policy. Before that he held a range of roles leading significant aspects of the UK Government low carbon policy development and major programme delivery. He has also led the UK trade policy team in the UK Representation to the EU.

Sarah Jewell

Head of Strategy at Crown Commercial Service

Sarah is Head of Strategy at Crown Commercial Service (CCS), an executive agency of the Cabinet Office and an experienced leader in the civil service, having held positions on senior leadership teams for a number of years. Prior to joining the civil service Sarah had her own healthcare events company and has continued to use her entrepreneurial energy to deliver innovation and improvements in her work. 

As Head of Strategy, Sarah is focused on CCS's future business model and partnerships. This means tackling complex operational and strategic challenges and opportunities to ensure the organisation is equipped to respond and can move from strength to strength. 

Mark Coates

Director of Strategic Industry Engagements, Bentley

Mark Coates is Bentley’s director of strategic industry engagements, where he gives Bentley and their clients unparalleled insight into the UK infrastructure market and educates the marketplace on how they can harness digital technology to transform how they deliver infrastructure projects. A former quantity surveyor with an extensive background in global project delivery, Mark first began working in the construction sector 31 years ago. He has worked with Thames Water, United Utilities, ICI, Highways England, The Olympic Delivery Authority, and Crossrail.

For the past seven years, Mark has been working in digital transformation and has seen the great advances made in sectors by adopting digital ways of working. He has worked on numerous infrastructure projects, consulting asset owners and their advisors on technology adoption to attain better project results while being conscious of time, cost, and quality. Mark is also a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, as well as UK Forum Vice Chair at British Water.

Adrian Webb

Chairman & Non-Executive Director

Adrian is currently the Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Board for the Welsh Secretary of State for Economy and Transport; NED in UK for the National Lottery Community Fund and Chair in Wales; a UK Trustee of the Royal Society For Birds (RSPB) and Chair in Wales. 

He was an academic from 1966 to 1993: at London School of Economics and Loughborough University; he published 17 books/monographs and numerous chapters in other works and academic journal articles. He held numerous roles in ESRC, UGC, UFC, QAA, and chaired six Research Assessment Excellence panels. He was Deputy Vice Chancellor at Loughborough and Vice Chancellor at University of Glamorgan (1993-2005). 

Adrian has held many roles in the Third Sector and a wide range of public service/consultancy roles in local and central government - Westminster and Whitehall (including HM Treasury, DHSS, Home Office, DFES, and the Ministry of Justice) and in Wales.

Professor Sir Adrian Webb received a Knighthood in 2000.

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