Journalist and Political Consultant
Katharine Hinton is a journalist and political consultant. Before moving from London to New York, she worked as a senior policy adviser to the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, advising him on crime, social affairs and equalities. Katharine spent five years as a political adviser to Britain's Labour government, working for the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Before that she was director of the Social Market Foundation, a pro-market Westminster-based think tank.
Katharine has written extensively on politics, criminal justice, welfare and education policy for British newspapers and journals, including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Evening Standard and The Sun. She has appeared on various television and radio programmes including BBC's Newsnight, Any Questions, The Today Programme and PM. She was a contributor to Britain's advisory programme on public administration reform in Kosovo and is author and co-author of several papers and books on public sector reform in the United Kingdom. These include: A Question of Choice: Public priorities for healthcare; How Effective is Work Experience?; Education Action Zones: The conditions for success; and Better Government by Design: improving the effectiveness of public purchasing.
She writes on US politics for British news agency, The Press Association, and is a board director of Literacy Partners, a New York-based charity that teaches adults to read and write.