Pamela Dow
chief reform officer, Catch22; former director of strategy, Ministry of Justice

Pamela leads public service reform and innovation for Catch22, a social business delivering more human and local education, welfare and justice services which unlock capacity across all sectors. She has worked at a senior level in Whitehall, serving as principal private secretary to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP in his role as secretary of state for education, and then again as his director of strategy at the Ministry of Justice.

Her particular interest is in public service improvement through transparency, and devolution. As director of development for prison reform in 2016/17 she supported new culture and practice at HMP Wandsworth. Pamela has been a judge for the IoI Debating Matters competition for the past three years, including for the 2016 and 2017 national finals, and helped found Debating Matters Israel and Beyond Bars, the first prisoner debating competition in a UK prison. She also set up and runs De Beauvoir Debates, a quarterly event programme in North London.

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