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Max Wind-Cowie

Deputy Director: ResPublica North

Max Wind-Cowie is currently on secondment to the National Infrastructure Commission.

Max has worked in policy development for over a decade, including senior roles at the think tank Demos, at Which? The Consumer Association and as a senior adviser to corporate and public sector clients with Lodestone Communications.

Max has written widely on devolution and on public service reform – with a particular emphasis on innovation in welfare and health and on the potential benefits of big data to public policy. His published work includes Next Steps for Financial Resilience, Control Shift: A new settlement for the state, the individual and local communities and The Data Dividend: making the most of big data in public services. Max also has a research interest in national and regional identity and is the author of A Place for Pride – a major study of patriotism and sub-national identities in the UK. Max has been published by national media including The Guardian, The Telegraph, Prospect Magazine, The New Statesman and others. He has appeared extensively on broadcast media – including on Radio 4’s Today Programme and The Moral Maze and as a commentator and expert on the BBC, Channel 4 News and on Sky News.

The Disraeli Room
ResPublica’s Response to the Industrial Strategy White Paper

Following the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016 and firing the starting gun for a string of sector...

The Disraeli Room
ResPublica’s Response to the Autumn Budget 2017

The second Budget of 2017 delivered by Philip Hammond following the abolition of the Autumn Statement, was widely trailed as a tight political tightrope for...

Child Protection in the Digital Age

I was delighted when the Government introduced its Digital Economy Bill in the last session which gave effect to the 2015 General Election manifesto commitment...

A stake in it for everyone; why Conservatives should support regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

FOBTs or B2 machines are highly addictive, one way we know this, according to research conducted by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, is that FOBT...

Championing renewed leadership in governance and business practice

It didn’t get to the point where we saw ‘Save Unilever’ held aloft on placards outside Downing Street, yet there was widespread unease about Kraft’s...

Industrial Strategy: A positive start but more must be done

The Government revealed their industrial strategy this week, with three main aims: Build on our strengths and extend excellence into the future; Close the gap...

Who can give the modern Cathy a home?

It’s 50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, documented the inhuman effects of homelessness. Without a home, as his heartbreaking film shows,...

We need a manufacturing resurgence more than ever. How can we bring it about?

There’s been a familiar narrative emerging since Thursday’s vote – this was the left behind white working class getting one over the London-centric political and...

The economic impacts of a Brexit would make us more, not less, reliant on other countries

Yesterday’s letter from Ford to its employees was the latest chapter in the economic debate on Britain’s EU membership, which has largely focused on the...