Baroness Philippa Stroud is CEO of the Legatum Institute, a London-based think-tank with a bold vision: to create a global movement of people committed to creating the pathways from poverty to prosperity and the transformation of society.
Previously, Philippa was Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think tank that she co-founded in 2004. Prior to the CSJ, she was Special Adviser to the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP (then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) from 2010-15, and also to the Prime Minister from 2012. Philippa’s early career was spent in the voluntary sector including spending time in Hong Kong and Macau working with heroin addicts and ex-members of triad gangs who were undergoing rehabilitation. On her return to the UK she founded and directed a four-stage project that enabled homeless people to move into independent living before she moved to Birmingham in 2000 and became Executive Director of the Bridge Project, a voluntary sector project that provided supported accommodation for homeless men and women.