Our Team

The Resolution Foundation has a small staff team, led by our Chief Executive, Gavin Kelly, and a board of trustees

Gavin Kelly

Chief Executive

Gavin is a leading media commentator on politics and public policy – writing for the Guardian, FT, Prospect as well as being a regular blogger for the New Statesman. He covers a wide range of issues spanning economic policy, low pay, welfare reform, public services and social mobility. He joined the Foundation from No 10 Downing Street where he worked as Deputy Chief of Staff.  He spent over a decade in Whitehall and was a member of the Council of Economic Advisors at HMT, the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State at the Department for Education and the Department for Communities and Local Government, Deputy Head of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and a member of Tony Blair’s Policy Unit.

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Vidhya Alakeson

Deputy Chief Executive

Vidhya joined the Resolution Foundation in January 2011 having previously worked as a Senior Fellow at the Nuffield Trust where she was responsible for developing the organisation’s international programme of work. Prior to that, Vidhya spent three and a half years in Washington D.C, initially as a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy conducting independent, comparative research and then working for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services covering issues such as early years, behavioural health, health reform and housing.

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Warwick Smith

Head of Communications
Warwick worked for more than 15 years as a newspaper journalist and television producer before moving into communications. He joined the Resolution Foundation in September 2012 and is responsible for digital communications, media relations, events and communications strategy. His previous job was Head of Press and Information at the London School of Economics and he has also worked at the Department for Transport and DEFRA.


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Matthew Whittaker

Chief Economist

Matthew is responsible for the Foundation’s economic analysis. He leads on defining and researching the low earner group, managing the annual publication of the Low Earners Audit. Prior to joining the Foundation he spent five years as a statistical and economic specialist in the House of Commons.

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Laura Gardiner

Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Laura joined the Resolution Foundation in March 2014 as a Senior Research and Policy Analyst. Prior to that she spent four years at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, researching a range of issues relating to the labour market with a focus on housing, youth employment and welfare reform.

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David Finch

Senior Economic Analyst

David joined the Resolution Foundation in May 2014 as a Senior Economic Analyst after 8 years at the Department for Work and Pensions. At DWP, he worked as an economist in a range of roles, providing analytical advice and assessing the impact of various policy measures, most recently working on Childcare policy analysis.

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Conor D'Arcy

Policy Analyst
Conor joined the Resolution Foundation in September 2013. His work focuses on a range of labour market issues including the minimum wage, self-employment, pay progression and zero-hours contracts. Prior to that, he worked for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and for an MP. He studied sociology and English literature at Trinity College Dublin and has a master’s in social policy from the London School of Economics.

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Adam Corlett

Economic Analyst

Adam joined the Resolution Foundation in May 2014, with a focus on Universal Credit, fiscal policy and low earners. Previously he worked at the think tank CentreForum, writing extensively on tax and other policy areas. Adam studied sciences as an undergraduate and postgraduate and assists in a range of data analysis and economic modelling.

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Natalie Cox

Communications Officer

Natalie joined Resolution Foundation in January 2014 as Communications Officer, concentrating on editorial, digital and press. Previously she was Communications Intern at IPPR where she worked in the press office and on developing their digital communications. Natalie has also worked as a freelance comment and features journalist.

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Jayne Desmond

Head of Resources

Jayne is responsible for finance, HR, executive assistance and office management. Previously, she was Company Manager for Past Pleasures Ltd, the UK’s largest costumed historical interpretation company, and worked for the National Trust.

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Donald Hirsch

Resolution Foundation Associate

Donald Hirsch is an Associate Fellow of the Resolution Foundation and is Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. He started his career as a journalist, and worked on the staff of The Economist in the late 1980s. He then spent three years on the staff of the OECD, comparing education and related policies of countries around the world. In the past fifteen years, his consultancy work has involved writing reports and making linkages between evidence and policy for a range of public bodies, charities and other organisations. From 1998 to 2008 he was Poverty Adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, where he played a leading role in developing the Foundation’s analysis of child poverty, as well as working on a range of other poverty-related topics.

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Katie Blacklock

Resolution Foundation Associate

Katie is currently working as a consultant for Resolution Foundation on a project that is testing the viability of institutional investment in the private rented sector. She is also a member of the Investment Committee at Wellbeing of Women. Katie has worked in fund management for over 15 years, specializing in Latin American equities. In 2003 she became a founding partner of the Nevsky Capital Emerging Market business, which managed  over $7bn across Asia, Latin America and EMEA. Katie has a background in detailed financial modeling combined with an understanding of broad political, macro and regulatory trends.

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