Richard Reeves is a liberal writer, policy-maker and speaker, based in Washington DC. Before his move to the US in the summer of 2012, he worked as Director of Strategy to the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister.
Before joining the Coalition Government in 2010, Richard was Director of Demos, the London-based political think-tank. He is now an Associate Director of CentreForum, the London-based liberal think-tank.
Richard is the author of John Stuart Mill – Victorian Firebrand, an intellectual biography of the British liberal philosopher and politician, as well as a series of articles, radio programs and publications on liberal politics and policy.
His other principal areas of interest are the theory and practice of coalition building; the development of progressive political thought; policies relating to social mobility; the economics and politics of wellbeing; the formation of character; contemporary gender and masculinity; the future of the workplace; and organizational leadership.
Richard is also a successful public speaker and broadcaster. A former European Business Speaker of the Year, he is co-presenter and co-author of The 80 Minute MBA (2009).
An experienced media presenter and commentator, Richard has written and presented a number of programmes for the BBC, including, for Radio 4, Anti-Social Housing, which addressed the failures of the UK social housing system (2009); Character Factories, on the importance of character formation for public policy (2008); and the series Political Roots, an examination of the historical and intellectual foundations of modern liberalism and social democracy (2009). In 2005, he presented the four-part BBC2 TV series, Making Slough Happy.
Identified by The Guardian as a ‘Thinker to Watch’, Richard has won prizes as Columnist of the Year and Young Financial Journalist of the Year. He is a former essayist for the New Statesman magazine; editor-at-large and columnist for Management Today; Society Editor of The Observer; and both Economics Correspondent and Washington Correspondent for The Guardian. He has also been a regular contributor to Prospect magazine and other political journals.
Other publications include Happy Mondays – putting the pleasure back into work (2001), Liberal Republic (2009), Building Character (2009), CoCo Companies - Work, Happiness and Employee Ownership (2007), Papering over the Cracks, Rules, Regulation and Real Trust (2006, with Edward Smith), ‘Good work and professional work’ in Production Values (2006, with John Knell), and The Politics of Happiness (2003).
Between 2002 and 2008 Richard was co-director of Intelligence Agency, a business strategy consultancy, and worked for a range of corporate and public sector clients including BT, Accenture, PepsiCo and PwC.
Richard’s previous roles include Director of Futures at The Work Foundation; Principal Policy adviser to the Minister for Welfare Reform, Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, one of the UK’s premier think-tanks, and a researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London.