Former Cabinet Minister, Journalist & Historian
Andrew Adonis became Director of the Institute for Government on 1 September 2010. He served 12 years in government as a Minister and special adviser. He was Secretary of State for Transport, Minister for Schools, Head of the No.10 Policy Unit, and senior No. 10 adviser on education, public services and constitutional reform.
He pioneered key public service reforms including the Academy programme, which established over 200 independent state schools to replace failing secondary schools, Teach First, a scheme for attracting top graduates into state school teaching, the radical university tuition fees and grants reform of 2004, and the plan to develop a high-speed rail line from London to northern England and Scotland.
Before joining government, Andrew was a journalist and academic focusing on public policy and constitutional analysis. He was Public Policy Editor of the Financial Times, and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, where he gained a PhD in modern political history.
Andrew is also author of six books and has been a member of the House of Lords since 2005.
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