Philippa Stroud, Baroness Stroud of Fulham’s early career was dedicated to tackling poverty and social breakdown at a community wide level. In 2004 she was a founder member and then Executive Director of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think tank set up to address the drivers of social breakdown in Britain. In 2006 she took on the role as Director of the Social Justice Policy Group – commissioned by David Cameron and Chaired by Iain Duncan Smith to develop Conservative Party social policy. This was the foundational work that developed the “Five Pathways to Poverty” and 190 policy proposals for the reversal of social breakdown.
In 2010 Philippa became Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and in 2012 additionally to the Prime Minister. She was responsible for the development of the Social Justice agenda, working on the Government’s key Welfare Reforms, the introduction of Universal Credit, the creation of Social Investment and new poverty measures.
Following the 2015 General Election, Philippa was ennobled and in 2016 was appointed as Chief Executive of the Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank focused on tackling the major challenges of our generation – and seizing the major opportunities – to ensure the legacy we pass to the next generation is one of increasing prosperity and human flourishing.