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Written on 1 Mar 2021

Appointment of Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE as new Chair of the Bennett Institute Management Board

Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE will play a vital role in shaping for the better the post-Brexit, post-Covid world.

Dame Fiona Reynolds

Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE has today been announced by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy as the new Chair of its Management Board.

Dame Fiona has served with the Board since November 2020 and brings expertise in public policy affecting land use, planning and place-making, conservation of nature and heritage, and the environment.  She succeeds Professor Anna Vignoles CBE FBA who took up the new position of Director to the Leverhulme Trust in January 2021.

Dame Fiona is the current Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in post since 2012, and will complete her term as Master in September 2021. She came to the College after a long career in the voluntary and public sectors, latterly as Director-General of the National Trust from 2001-2012.  She became Chair of the National Audit Office in January 2021.

The role of Chair is to provide leadership and direction to the Management Board.

Professor Michael Kenny, Inaugural Director, the Bennett Institute for Public Policy said:

“We are delighted that Dame Fiona will be leading the Management Board as its Chair, following on from Professor Vignoles’ excellent work over the last two and a half years.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Dame Fiona in her new role to ensure that the Bennett Institute fulfils its mission to rethink public policy in an era of turbulence and growing inequality, and develop successful and sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing problems of our time.”

Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy said:

“I’m honoured to be taking the Chair of the Management Board of this important Institute, which has the opportunity to play a vital role in shaping for the better the post-Brexit, post-Covid world.”