Tom Clark named as new JRF fellow

12th May 2021

The noted journalist and policy analyst Tom Clark is to join Joseph Rowntree Foundation as a new Fellow later this year. Tom, who today announced his intention to step down as editor of Prospect Magazine, will start work at JRF’s York Head Office once a successor is appointed.

It is the latest in a series of hires from JRF’s CEO Paul Kissack, who himself joined the organisation in September 2020 following two decades in government.

Tom is the author of two books including Hard Times: Inequality, Recession, Aftermath, an analysis of the economic insecurity faced by those on low incomes in the UK and US. The expectation is that as a Fellow, he will take the lead on a series of analytical, research and writing projects; contribute to shaping JRF’s future strategy and work programme and help to develop early and mid-career JRF staff.

Before joining Prospect in 2016, he worked for the Guardian newspaper writing daily editorials, at different points, on social policy, economics and politics, before stepping up to run its team of leader writers. Between 2002-2006 he served as a Government special adviser in the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Between 1997 and 2002 he worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Commenting on the appointment, Paul Kissack said:

“I am delighted that Tom is joining JRF at this pivotal point. The political turmoil of the past few years is due in large part to a growing sense that our system is failing to provide the security and opportunities that previous generations could count on. Tom has been a sharp and eloquent analyst of these changes for more than two decades. His deep expertise will be invaluable in helping JRF to offer fresh analysis and creative solutions as we grapple with these major policy challenges.”

Reflecting on his new role at JRF, Tom Clark added:

“Questions of poverty and inequality have been the thread running through my career, going right back to my very first project—a JRF-funded study of local taxes back in the 1990s. The financial crisis, austerity and now Covid-19 have all given these matters a new urgency that is frightening, but at the same time it is heartening to see them finally commanding the attention that they deserve. With revered heritage and formidable new leadership in the form of Paul Kissack and his incoming team of directors, JRF is perfectly placed to lead this discussion. I am thrilled to be part of its next chapter.”