New Board appointments strengthen Campaign for Social Science

15 February 2018

The Campaign for Social Science has today announced the appointment of four new Board members, drawing on extensive research, public policy and practitioner social science expertise.

The new members are: Professor Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at King’s College, London; Ms Rachel Neaman, CEO of the Corsham Institute; Mr Bobby Duffy, Global Director of the Ipsos Social Research Institute; Dr Patrick Diamond, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London.

Announcing the appointments, Professor Shamit Saggar CBE FAcSS, Chair of the Campaign, said:

“Social science is indispensable in advancing understanding and finding solutions to wider global and societal challenges, from tackling climate change and fighting disease, to overcoming inequality, creating skills for the future, channelling big data, and driving the government’s Industrial Strategy.

“The Campaign for Social Science has a crucial role in promoting the contribution of the social sciences in addressing these and other issues, and our work has never been more important. The addition of these outstanding new Board members will extend our influence and reach, building bridges across the research, policy and practitioner worlds, while strengthening our voice as a community.”

These new Board members will help the Campaign deliver on its strategic priorities, including the formation of a new Strategic Leadership Forum (SLF), engaging with the opportunities available to social science as part of the Industrial Strategy and the provision of the Industrial Strategy Challenges Fund. At its next meeting, the SLF will meet members of the UKRI Board to discuss the provision of support to the social sciences.

A further project for delivery in early 2018 is our upcoming flagship report Positive Prospects: Careers for social science graduates and why number and data skills matter. This report will examine the skills needed by social science graduates to enhance their employment prospects, particularly in the areas of data and number skills.

The Campaign is keen to pursue collaborations with other disciplines outside of the social sciences to bring a holistic view to many of the world’s most pressing social issues.

The new Board Member biographies are as follows:

Dr Patrick Diamond: Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. Patrick was Senior Adviser in Number 10 and the Cabinet Office for over 10 years. He is the author of a number of books and reports on social and public policy, and is a former Councillor in the London Borough of Southwark.

Mr Bobby Duffy: Managing Director of Public Affairs in the UK and Global Director of the Ipsos Social Research Institute. Bobby has previously been seconded to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, conducting analyses on life satisfaction and trust in other people, and is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Policy Institute, King’s College London. He also sits on several advisory boards for think tanks and universities.

Ms Rachel Neaman: Rachel is CEO of Corsham Institute (Ci), a not-for-profit organisation helping build trust and confidence in technology. Rachel is a non-executive member of the Digital Leaders Advisory Board as well as a non-executive member of the DigitalHealth.London and the UKCloud Health Advisory Boards.

Professor Jonathan Portes FAcSS: Professor of Economics and Public Policy, King’s College London. Jonathan is a Senior Fellow of the Economic and Social Research Council’s ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ initiative. He was the Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, as well as Chief Economist to the Department for Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office.