Innovating public policy


The Heywood Foundation announces the appointment of a new Heywood Fellow

The Heywood Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Heywood Fellow. Jonathan Black, until December 2022, the Prime Minister’s G7 & G20 Sherpa and Deputy National Security Adviser, will take up the mantle of Heywood Fellow from January 2023.

During his Fellowship, Jonathan will focus on policy making at the intersection of economic prosperity and national security.  Some of the most systemic policy challenges faced by the UK and allies today sit at this intersection. This includes issues relating to science and technology, to trade and investment, to climate and health – and it also affects, as the war in Ukraine has shown, the fundamentals of statecraft. Governments’ ability to address these challenges in a coherent way is ever more critical to delivering peace and prosperity for their citizens.

“We are delighted that Jonathan Black will be the next Heywood Fellow. The thinking he will be doing affects an increasingly critical area of policy making for all governments and Jonathan is exceptionally well positioned to bring new insights to this. Jeremy would be thrilled by both Jonathan’s appointment and the topic that he will be researching.”

Lady Heywood, the Chair of the Heywood Foundation

Heywood Prize deadline extended

Today, The Heywood Foundation announces an extension to the deadline for entries for the 2022 Heywood Prize. The new deadline will allow people to submit their ideas until the 28th February 2023 and be in with the chance to win one of several cash prize up to £25,000.

The Prize is seeking submissions for innovative and impactful ideas with the potential to improve UK public policy. Entries can be in multiple formats and the winning ideas will receive the Foundation’s full backing for fast-tracking with UK government policymakers.

The competition is open to all ages, but this year The Heywood Foundation is particularly keen to encourage proposals from younger generations, with a number of dedicated prizes to be awarded to any winner under the age of 21.


Heywood Prize 2022 Launches

The Heywood Prize 2022 is now live and accepting entries.  

The Prize is seeking fresh proposals for innovative and impactful ideas with the potential to improve UK public policy. Entries can be in audio, video or text formats and the winning ideas will receive the Foundation’s full backing for fast-tracking with UK government policymakers.

The competition is open to all ages, but this year The Heywood Foundation is particularly keen to encourage proposals from younger generations, be they groups (schools, youth groups, community groups) or individuals, via a number of dedicated prizes to be awarded to any winner under the age of 21.

“Building on the success of the inaugural Heywood Prize in 2021, in 2022 we also want to tap into the often unseen and unheard insights and creativity of our younger generations. Never has the need to bring their bold, new ways of thinking to the attention of policymakers been more important than it is today.”

Lady Heywood, the Chair of the Heywood Foundation

To find out more details and enter the 2022 competition please click here.


If you have any questions about this or any other issue to do with the foundation, please contact us on heywoodfoundation@gmail.com.


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