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. 

Benjamin Jones

Head of Innovation, Aviation Security Policy, Department for Transport

Benjamin Jones is the Head of Innovation in aviation security policy at the UK Department for Transport.

He oversees the roll-out of new aviation security screening technologies at UK airports, working to develop the regulation and policies that will foster future approaches to aviation security.

He sets the direction for a range of research and development programmes by inputting challenges informed by the analysis of current and future security trends.

Ben has had a long career in the civil service, developing many of the equipment testing standards and methodologies that underpin current security capabilities.

Chris Moore-Bick

Head of Policy, Strategic Research & International Engagement, Defence Science & Technology (DST) Ministry of Defence

Chris joined Defence Science & Technology in April 2017 as Deputy Head of Policy & Strategy, taking over as Head of the Policy, Strategic Research & International Engagement (PSRIE) division in May 2019. In this role he advises the Chief Scientific Adviser and other MOD seniors on the Department’s approach to technology, its S&T investments and S&T-related international engagements; leads the directorate’s secretariat, corporate reporting and governance functions; and oversees strategic research relating to missile and chemical & biological threats.

Chris joined the Civil Service in 2005 after completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He initially specialised as a strategic analyst, leading a team supporting the final phases of British operations in Iraq in 2009. Since then he has administered conflict prevention and stabilisation programmes, managed Army budget issues during the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review and implemented elements of Defence Transformation.

In 2013 he became Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister for International Security Strategy, and between 2014 and 2017 he was an Assistant Head in the Cyber & Space Policy team.

Chris is married to Kathryn, and they live in south London with their two daughters.

Hannah Tooze

Head of Land Transport Security, Department for Transport

As Head of Land Transport Security, Hannah is responsible for the counter terrorism security regulations, guidance and compliance inspection for UK land transport including the heavy and light rail sectors, Channel Tunnel services and to address threats from road vehicles being used as weapons.

Her civil service career spans roles in the Office for Counter Terrorism and on immigration strategy whilst in the Home Office, and as a Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office, where she ran ministerial cabinet committees and resolved disputes between government departments.

Prior to joining the civil service, Hannah was the International Policy Adviser to the National Crime Squad working on EU and G8 projects and supporting operational liaison.

Following postgraduate study, she was a management consultant in PA Consulting’s Public Services Practice, mainly working on projects for criminal justice agencies, including process improvements and developing IT solutions.

Hannah holds a PhD in comparative policy studies from Birmingham University, where her research focussed on regional economic development policy for old industrial regions, an MPhil in Town Planning from UCL and a degree in History from Oxford University.

Hannah's two teenage boys keep her on her toes at home.

Louise Dunsby

Chief of Staff, Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation, BEIS

Louise works at the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy as Chief of Staff for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation.

In previous Government roles, she has worked on EU engagement and negotiations in research and financial services, cyber security, and smart energy.

Prior to joining the Civil Service, Louise worked in the private sector and for the MOD as an electrical engineer.

Madalina Ursu

Head of Infrastructure, Greater London Authority

Madalina is the Head of Infrastructure at City Hall in London. After joining the Greater London Authority (GLA) in 2013, Madalina delivered London’s first long-term infrastructure plan. The team now performs both a policy and delivery function with an increased focus on data sharing and improved coordination.

Prior to joining the GLA, Madalina worked at J.P. Morgan Chase in the Debt Capital Markets division advising corporates and financial institutions.

Madalina holds a degree in Spanish and Economics from Wesleyan University and a MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Studies. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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.