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Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA

Matthew Taylor has been chief executive of the The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) since November 2006

During his tenure the Society has substantially increased its output of research and innovation, provided new routes to support the charitable initiatives of its 30,000 fellows, and developed a global profile as a platform for ideas.

Prior to this Taylor was director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, and he then became chief adviser on political strategy to then-prime ministerTony Blair. Previous roles also included, Labour Party director of policy, and assistant general secretary of the Labour Party.

In July 2017 Taylor published the report Good work; an independent review into modern employment, commissioned by the UK prime minister.

In September 2019 Taylor started a new part-time role as the government’s director of labour market enforcement and is also a member of its Industrial Strategy Council.

Taylor is a regular media commentator having appeared several times on the Today programme, The Daily Politics and Newsnight. He has written and presented several Radio Four documentaries and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze. He has posted more than a thousand times on his RSA blog site and tweets as @RSAMatthew.

He is also senior editor of the Thames & Hudson's The Big Idea series.