Policy Fellows are a peer network of diverse senior policymakers drawn from central government, devolved administrations and local government. They go on to be leaders in government who share a connection to engineering and who form a bridge between government and the technical community. 

Alex Holmes

Deputy Director – Cyber Security, Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport

'I got so much from my Policy Fellowship… it really helped me solved a particular knotty policy challenge. It provided me with generous access to a set of experts, which allowed me to work through my team's ideas and tap into their years of experience… It gave us a completely different perspective that we would not have otherwise had.'

Alex joined the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in April 2017 as Deputy Director - Cyber Security. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Government Digital Service (GDS) and before that Deputy Director of Government Technology. He currently leads a group of teams responsible for ensuring every organisation in the UK is cyber secure and resilient to support a prosperous digital economy.

He has used his natural passion for delivering great public services to continually transform government and the positive effect it can have on people and organisations around us. Whether that is how government makes the UK one of the safest places in the world to do be and do business online, to delivering a completely new approach to how government buys and runs technology, or how it can overturn 80 year rules on spending to save billions.

He believes the civil service is showing that even the oldest most bureaucratic organisations can be lean, agile and innovative enough to overcome disruption.

Katie Black

Director of Policy, National Infrastructure Commission

Katie is Director of Policy at the Commission, the body responsible for providing independent analysis and advice to the Government to ensure the UK meets its long-term infrastructure needs.

Katie joined the Commission upon its creation in 2015 and led the policy work on transport, energy and digital for the National Infrastructure Assessment. Prior to this she worked in various roles across the Department of Energy and Climate Change and undertook a secondment to an electricity retailer.

A chemist by background, her final Masters project concentrated on some of the technical aspects of post-combustion carbon capture and storage technology.

Louise Owen

Head of Science and Technology, Home Office

'I was blown away by the quality of the experts I was able to share my challenges with… Their openness to help identify and talk through new ideas has been invaluable.'

Louise leads the Science and Technology within the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism. The Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) plays a critical role in the UK’s mitigation against, preparation for, and response to terrorist incidents. The wider directorate within which the Science and Technology team is placed is also responsible for strengthening border security and policy regarding attacks using unconventional materials.

The OSCT Science and Technology team provides technical advice to support counter-terrorism (CT) and serious and organised crime (SOC) policy development. It is responsible for ensuring the Home Office and their end-users (e.g. policing, security services, first responders) have the technical capabilities and scientific advice to get ahead and stay ahead of the threat. This includes delivering Science and Technology programmes to develop CT and SOC capabilities for the short- to mid-term, horizon scanning products to inform the long-term policy objectives and strategic investments and championing innovation across OSCT.

Matt Crossman

Team Leader, National Infrastructure Commission

Matt is a team leader at the National Infrastructure Commission and was responsible for the flood, water and waste sectors in the first National Infrastructure Assessment. He is now leading a study on infrastructure resilience which is due to report in spring 2020. Matt is a chartered civil engineer and has worked for consultants, research organisations and government in UK and south-east Asia.

Based in Singapore as regional director for the UK Science and Innovation Network from 2011 to 2015, he established Newton Fund partnerships with Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Earlier in his career, Matt had a number of roles in flood management at Defra, culminating in leading on policy and initial implementation for the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

Siobhan Campbell

Head of Central Research Team and Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Transport

Siobhan is head of DfT’s Central Research Team and Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser, a role that covers responsibility for evaluation and social research as well as science and engineering. Her interests in this role are to create strong interdisciplinary working and improve the impact of DfT’s analytical work on decision-making.

Current priorities include embedding Futures thinking into DfT decision-making; supporting the department to ‘Think People’ and put people at the heart of our decision-making; and strengthening our engagement with the external research community.

Prior to joining DfT in May 2016 Siobhan was responsible for policy evaluation in DECC, where she built the evaluation and social research function. Siobhan has also worked as deputy head of the Government Social Research Unit based in HM Treasury, leading on joining up and coordinating the work of the different analytical professions; as head of criminal justice research within the Scottish Government; and in a number of different research roles within the Home Office. She has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Glasgow.