Richard Harries


Richard Harries is a former senior civil servant and deputy director of the think tank Reform. He has extensive experience of public policy making, particularly in criminal justice, local government and the not-for-profit sector. Richard is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and a non-executive director of the civic participation charity, IARS.

Richard has advised governments in Australia, Japan, Europe and the Middle East about various aspects of public service reform. He has published on a wide range of topics, including crime and criminal justice, deregulation, fiscal sustainability, philanthropy and the role of social investment.  His most recent report published in December 2015 is “Supporting Social Change: The Role of Social Investment”, which explores the emerging relationship between grant-making and social investment. Richard is a Visiting Senior Fellow at Queen Mary’s University.

In his spare time, Richard chairs (and sings in) the Festival Chorus, a large and friendly amateur choir in South London.

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