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Public Policy Advisory Group (PPAG)

AHRC’s Public Policy Advisory Group (PPAG) provides advice on maximising the contribution made by arts and humanities research to policy making, and reports directly to AHRC’s Council.

To fulfil this purpose, and amongst other activities, PPAG:

  • Advises AHRC on its vision, strategy and objectives for public policy, and provides an informal assessment of its progress against those objectives
  • Builds stronger relationships for AHRC within government, Parliament, and devolved and local administrations
  • Acts as a critical friend at the proposition, planning and implementation stages of AHRC’s major public policy projects
  • Advises AHRC on how best to support researchers in planning and exploiting the potential policy impact of their work
  • Assists AHRC in identifying key partners and policy areas with which researchers could engage
  • Acts as an ambassador on the vital contribution arts and humanities research can make to public life.

Current membership

Jenny Dibden (Chair)Director, Science, Research and Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Kate Allsop Executive Mayor, Mansfield
Hasan Bakhshi Director, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre; and Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics, Nesta
Ivan Collister PhD candidate, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. Former senior civil servant, 10 Downing Street
Professor Charles Forsdick James Barrow Professor of French, University of Liverpool
Dr Catherine Haddon Senior Fellow, Institute for Government
Dr Tim Leunig Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Expert Adviser to the Department for Education
Dame Judith Macgregor (Council member attending PPAG) Vice Chair of the Governing Council of Southampton University, and Former British High Commissioner to South Africa, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Dr Alison Mawhinney Reader in Human Rights, Bangor University
Lord Porter of Spalding Member of the House of Lords, Chairman of the Local Government Association, and Leader of South Holland District Council
Callum Thomson Head of Research, Communications and Public Engagement, Scottish Parliament
Catherine Tyack Head of Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health, Department for Health and Social Care
Dr Anna Whicher Head of Design Policy, Cardiff Metropolitan University