Dr Alun Evans CBE

Alun Evans was, for over thirty years, a civil servant in the United Kingdom government, including over 20 years in the senior Civil Service.  From 1994-1998 he spent four years as the Principal Private Secretary to both Conservative and Labour Education Secretaries and then, from 1998-2000, he worked at No.10 Downing Street as head of strategic communications to the Prime Minister (Tony Blair).  He was Secretary to the Inquiry into Foot and Mouth disease and also worked for the Deputy Prime Minister (John Prescott) as Director of Communication and then head of resilience and crisis management.

From 2012-2015, he was Director of the UK Government’s Scotland Office during the period of the referendum on Scottish independence. From 2015-2019, he was Chief Executive of the British Academy (the national academy for the humanities and the social sciences), following which he completed his PhD on the history of Private Office - at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) - supervised by Lord (Peter) Hennessy and James Ellison.

Since 2020 he has been a writer, strategist and political consultant.  He is an expert on many aspects of British government and politics, including the following:

  • The UK Civil Service and, in particular, the support systems to ministers and Prime Ministers, specifically their Private Offices
  • Transitions in politics and the handling of changes of government
  • Crisis management
  • Strategic communications
  • Devolution, sub national governance and issues related to Scottish independence.

Alun is an accomplished speaker at conferences and other events.  He also works closely with a training company facilitating seminars and events.