Mike Hawking

Mike Hawking

Former Acting Head of Policy and Partnerships

Mike led JRF’s work looking at how local economies and labour markets can lift more people out of poverty. His work looked at place-based policy interventions that help to create more inclusive local economies, with a particular focus on how to create more good jobs that are accessible to people in poverty.

Mike joined JRF in 2015 and contributed to reports on local industrial strategies and government’s COVID response. He also led on several local partnerships, including the establishment of the Inclusive Growth Network. Prior to joining JRF, Mike was an advisor to the directly elected Mayor of Lewisham and has worked on economic development, housing and social security policy for a variety of different organisations in London and Leeds.