Dr Wendy Piatt is a Senior Advisor in the UK Parliament in addition to numerous advisory and NED roles including Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Lincoln College, University of Oxford (where she is also a member of the Rector’s Council), member of the HE advisory board for the Royal Anniversary Trust and now a director of the UK Abraham Accords Group.
Until 2023 she was Chief Executive Officer of Gresham College, the oldest Higher Education Institution in London and prior to that she was Senior Strategic Advisor at University College, London. Previously, she was CEO and Director General of the Russell Group having set up the organisation as a company limited by guarantee in 2007. She also served as an advisor to the Secretary of State for Business and Skills from 2009-10.
During her career as a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office, Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit (where she was deputy director) and Department for Education and Skills, she led on a broad range of public policy areas including public service reform in health, education and transport, the UK’s digital strategy, local government policy, early years and social welfare. Previously, Dr Piatt was a senior analyst at the Institute for Public Policy Research where she published numerous reports on social policy.
She has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Lincoln College, Oxford University and King’s College, London where she was awarded numerous academic prizes.