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To participate in the Q&A session, access the panel’s Slido page, or visit and enter #300.

Join Bright Blue for the second event in our new ‘Past the pandemic’ series, exploring reform of Whitehall after COVID-19.

The online panel will start on Thursday 19th November 2020 at 16:30, and will include a Q&A session. Please submit your questions through Slido, either by clicking here or by entering our event code (#300) at

The Rt Hon Lord Herbert of South Downs CBE

Lord Herbet is the Chair of the Commission for Smart Government. He was the founder and former Director of the think tank Reform and the Member of Parliament for Arundel and South Downs from 2005 to 2019.

Alex Thomas

Alex Thomas is a Programme Director leading the Institute for Government’s work on policy making and the civil service as well as a former civil servant.

The Rt Hon Baroness Finn

Baroness Finn is a Non-Executive Director at the Cabinet Office and the co-founder of FMA, a consultancy company that advises on good government. She was a Special Adviser for the Coalition Government.

Nick Timothy CBE

Nick Timothy is an author, columnist and political adviser. He served as Joint Downing Street Chief of Staff, alongside Fiona Hill, to Prime Minister Theresa May.

Chair: Sarah Sands

Sarah Sands is the Chair of Bright Blue. She is a former editor of the The Evening Standard and BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.