Just how big is the quango state?

Monday, 4th October | 12.45 – 13.45

From public health to parenting, airports to artworks, quangos have a huge hidden role in our lives. Over 300,000 people work in these arms-length bodies. Yet their remit – and accountability – often isn’t subject to enough scrutiny. Can they mean better government by relieving pressures on parliament and ministers? Or are they now too unwieldy?

John O’Connell (Chair) | is the Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance.

George Greenwood | is a data journalist at The Times and The Sunday Times who specialises in using freedom of information requests and analysing open data for investigative reporting. He started his career at BBC News, then joined The Times in 2018.

Dr Catherine Haddon | is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government where she leads work on changes of government, ministers, and the workings of the constitution. Before joining the Institute for Government, Catherine was a lecturer on Security and Intelligence history.

Lord Maude | was MP for Horsham from 1997 to 2015 and was elevated to the House of Lords after the election of that year. He was previously Minister of State for Trade and Investment and Paymaster General. He currently focuses on running a consultancy firm specialising in government efficiency and reform.

Nick Timothy | is a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and is a member of the organising committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. He was Joint Chief of Staff to Theresa May until 2017 and has previously been involved with the Free Schools Network.