Dr Jon Davis
Director of Partnerships and The Strand Group, The Policy Institute at King's
Dr Davis works to drive King's vision to develop and enhance its visibility, impact and outreach with the policymaking and government delivery community in the UK and internationally. He is also Director of the Strand Group, the Policy Institute at King’s signature seminar series which brings together academia, government, politics, media and business in monthly events. His particular focus is on British central government past and present.
Dr Davis’s Cabinet Office-sponsored PhD was published as Prime Ministers and Whitehall, 1960-74 in 2007. He is co-writing with Visiting Professor John Rentoul of The Independent on Sunday, a book on the machinery of government under New Labour for Oxford University Press. Dr Davis is currently co-supervising doctoral research on the creation of Canary Wharf and the history of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit 2001-05.
Before joining King's, Dr Davis spent a total of eighteen years at Queen Mary, University of London, and rose to be Director of the Mile End Group, overseeing more than 100 increasingly high-profile events over more than a decade. This pioneering unit was funded by the computer-giant HP, staffed by postgraduates and hosted the biggest figures in government past and present including Tony Blair, Sir John Major, Lord Adonis, Baroness Manningham-Buller, Sir David Omand, Sir Nicholas Macpherson and many more. Major project partnerships included those with No. 10 Downing Street and HM Treasury. Dr Davis was also a lecturer of the undergraduate courses ‘Cabinet, Premiership and the conduct of British Central Government since 1945’ and the MA courses ‘New Labour in Government’ and ‘The Hidden Wiring of British Government’. His undergraduate special subject ‘The Blair Government’ led to Dr Davis being shortlisted for the Times Higher Education’s Most Innovative Teacher award in 2010. Moreover, Dr Davis was Associate Director of Corporate Affairs at QM from 2008-2011.
Dr Davis worked for five years in investment banking, being a liquidity analyst at JP Morgan, a bond analyst at Paribas and a financial control clerk at Hambros Bank, and spent 2000 in the Modernising Government Secretariat of the Cabinet Office.