Peter Kellner

Chairman, NCVO and Former President, YouGov

Biography

Peter Kellner became chair of NCVO in November 2016. He was chairman of the pioneering online survey research company, YouGov, from 2001–7 and president from 2007–16. Peter was named as Chairman of the Year in the 2006 Quoted Companies Alliance awards.

He has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Observer, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Prospect. He has also been a regular contributor to Newsnight (BBC2), A Week in Politics (Channel Four), Analysis (Radio Four) and election night results programmes on television and radio. He has written, or contributed to, a variety of books and leaflets about politics, elections and public affairs. He was awarded Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards in 1978.

Peter has also been a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Policy Studies Institute, London, and served as a member of committees set up by the Economic and Social Research Council to commission research into elections and social exclusion. He received a Special Recognition Award from the Political Studies Association in 2011.

Before joining YouGov, he acted as a consultant on public opinion research to a number of organisations, including the Bank of England, Corporation of London, Foreign Office, National Westminster Bank and Trades Union Congress.

Peter is currently a trustee of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and UpRising, and a member of the council of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). He is a non-executive director of the Medicines Discovery Catapult (a not-for profit company) and the Dolma Impact Fund (investing in infrastructure development in Nepal).

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