Directors

Tim Gardam, Chief Executive

Josh Hillman, Director of Education

Mark Franks, Director of Welfare

Rob Street, Director of Justice

Deirdre Carty - Director of HR and Office Services

Ian Hanham - Director of Finance and Information Systems

James Brooke Turner - Investment Director

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Tim Gardam

Tim Gardam is Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in September 2016, Tim was Principal of St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford, a post he held for 12 years. He is also Chairman of the Which? Council.

Tim worked for 25 years in senior broadcasting roles, starting at the BBC where he was editor of Panorama and Newsnight, and later becoming Head of Current Affairs and Weekly News. He was Director of Television and Director of Programmes at Channel 4 from 1998 to 2003. From 2008 to 2015 Tim was a member of the Ofcom Board and was Chair of the Ofcom Content Board.

Tim was also the author of the Department for Culture Media and Sport Review of BBC Digital Radio Services in 2004, a member of Lord Burns' Advisory Panel on the BBC Charter Review and a Director of SMG plc from 2005-7.

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Josh Hillman has been Director of Education at the Nuffield Foundation since 2008. He leads the Foundation’s work in education, encompassing both research funding and student programmes in STEM and quantitative skills. For 15 months in 2015-6 Josh was also Acting Director of the Foundation.

Josh was formerly Head of Education Policy at the BBC, where he was responsible for development of education policy and partnerships for the BBC’s output across media for children and adults. Prior roles include Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, research officer for the National Commission on Education, and short periods at the Institute for Education and the Department of Education and Science.

Josh was Deputy Chair of Governors at an Inner London primary school for five years. He is a member of the advisory board, chaired by Professor James Heckman, of the TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research at Aarhus University. This multidisciplinary centre uses randomised controlled trials and administrative data to study child and adolescent development.


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Mark Franks is Director of Welfare at the Nuffield Foundation. Mark will lead the development of the Foundation’s welfare research portfolio and contribute to the organisation’s strategic direction as part of the senior management team.

Before joining the Foundation, Mark was Chief Economist at the Office of Manpower Economics where he played a central role in supporting the UK's independent public sector pay bodies, whose recommendations affect the pay of 2.4 million workers, involving a paybill of more than £100 billion.

Mark has occupied a number of economist and policy roles across Government, with a particuar focus on the labour matket. He has worked in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Home Office, HM Treasury and the Department for Education and Skills, and, also in economic consultancy.

Between 2012 and 2015, Mark was responsible for leading analysis for the government of science policy, innovation and the graduate labour market. Previously, he set up a new public sector body, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and led its secretariat for five years. The MAC's advice was highly influential in developing policy in area issues including criteria for economic migration, family migration and permanent settlement.

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Rob Street is the Foundation's Director of Justice and is responsible for overseeing and developing our £7 million portfolio of research projects in justice, working closely with our grant-holders, the research community, and people working within the justice system.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Rob was Head of Evidence and Effective Practice at the Youth Justice Board where he lead their research, data and analysis functions, including working to put evidence into practice in the youth justice sector.

Rob has a background in law and criminology. Previously he has spent most of his career as a social researcher at the Home Office, working on a wide range of policy topics in crime and criminal justice.

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Deirdre Carty joined the Foundation in 2017 as Director of HR and Office Services, responsible for all aspects of HR – people and organisation development, alongside oversight of the office services for the organisation.

Prior to joining the Foundation Deirdre was Head of HR at the Wellcome Trust for a number of years,  where she led and developed the HR function and team to meet the changing needs of the organisation. through a period of considerable growth and change. 

Deirdre also serves as Vice Chair of Trustees of Coram’s Fields, a small local charity aimed at providing a safe haven for children in Camden.  She has served as a non-exec advisor for other small charities, and has previously served as a school Governor in a secondary school also in the local Camden community.

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Ian Hanham is the Foundation's Director of Finance and Information Systems and is responsible for our finance strategy, operations, and information systems.

Before joining the Foundation, Ian was Chief Operating Officer at the Worker's Educational Association, where he led an organisation-wide transformational change programme as well as overseeing the organisation's support functions.

He has worked in senior finance and resource management roles in the not-for-profit sector since 2007, including for the British Red Cross and WaterAid. Prior to this, he spent sixteen years as a finance professional in the oil and gas industry.

Ian is the treasurer of Family for Every Child, a global alliance of local civil society organisations working together to improve the lives of vulnerable children around the world, and a board member (and former Chair) of ECPAT UK, a leading children's rights organisation working to protect children from child trafficking and transnational child exploitation.

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James Brooke Turner is the Foundation's Investment Director and is responsible for the management of the endowment.

Prior to this, James was the Foundation's Finance Director, and was also responsible for the management of the financial administration.

Since joining the Foundation in 2001, James has also been involved in various projects exploring some of the distinctive features of investing charitable funds and what this means for charitable endowments in particular.

James previously worked for the Church Commissioners, the Church Urban Fund and as Director of Finance and Resources at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. He has been a founder assessor for the National Lottery and a freelance charity consultant. James studied the History of European Art at the Courtauld Institute, and holds professional qualifications in tax and as a Company Secretary.

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