Philippa has committed her life to social reform at both the local and national level. Her most recent work at the Department of Work and Pensions involved re-architecting social policy in the UK with an emphasis on making government work for the vulnerable. She formerly worked among the homeless in Bedford and Birmingham and among those suffering addiction in Hong Kong, as well as being a co-founder of the Centre for Social Justice in London.

Philippa was ennobled in 2015 and became Baroness Stroud of Fulham. Prior to this she served as Special Advisor to the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) in Government from 2010-2015. More recently, as Chief Executive, she has led the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), which she co-founded in 2004. The CSJ has made a vital contribution to political debate and public life in the UK through its research relating to poverty alleviation and social justice.

Speaking of her appointment, Alan McCormick, Chairman of the Legatum Institute Foundation, described Philippa as "someone who shares our vision that personal transformation is possible and that through careful research and data, it is possible to understand what drives and constrains the creation of lasting prosperity and wellbeing."

Philippa, who will take up her post on 31 October 2016, said "I have followed the rise and impact of the Legatum Institute in recent years and am truly excited to be working with such an outstanding team. We share a passion to help each person, family, community and nation reach their full potential.My life’s work in creating pathways to help people out of poverty and restore social justice, together with the Legatum Institute’s extensive research and insights on what creates individual flourishing and national prosperity will be an extremely powerful combination which will deepen the Legatum Institute’s impact and broaden our reach within the UK and internationally.

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