Gavin joined the Centre for Social Justice in August 2020 and is now Head of Work & Welfare. Before this he was a Special Adviser in the Department for Exiting the European Union, successfully overseeing the UK’s exit and all Brexit parliamentary business. He worked for the Conservative Party as a researcher during the 2019 election campaign. Before government he worked in Public Affairs at a global consultancy firm, and as a journalist for news and comment site Reaction.
He holds Bachelor’s (1st class) and Master’s degrees in Theology & Philosophy from Cambridge as well as a Diploma in Law. Before coming to work in politics he had a previous career at Eton College, where he worked as an assistant house master and pastoral tutor as well as a classroom teacher. He has extensive experience coaching able teenagers from ordinary backgrounds prepare for applications to elite universities.
Gavin is interested in how employment and welfare policy can shape the lives of the economically and socially vulnerable, in how economic rebalancing can rejuvenate left-behind regional communities, and in how employment policy can promote family life. He has been published in The Telegraph, ConservativeHome and Reaction.