Nicola Hughes


Nicola is a policy and research specialist, focusing on political leadership. She leads the Institute for Government’s ‘Leadership for Government’ programmes, supporting ministers and special advisers to be more effective in their roles, and ‘Ministers Reflect’– a unique archive of interviews with former ministers. Nicola previously developed and ran ‘Connecting Policy with Practice’, a Big Lottery funded project which brought together government policy makers with voluntary sector practitioners.

Nicola has been Senior Policy Officer at Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity and also worked at the think tank Demos and in government at Acas, DWP and LB Tower Hamlets.