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Robert Taylor appointed new chair of the Behavioural Insights Team

12th Oct 2018

Robert Taylor has been appointed as non-executive director and chair at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT).

Robert joins the social purpose company with more than three decades’ experience across the financial and creative industries, most recently at the Financial Conduct Authority, where he focuses on global asset management regulation.

He is the former Chief Executive of Kleinwort Benson Bank, and also currently chairs the University for Creative Arts in Kent and Surrey. Rob is the chairman of Truman’s Brewery and a non-executive director of the East London NHS Foundation Trust, and previously chaired the Whitechapel Gallery.

Peter Holmes, BIT’s non-executive director and chair since 2014, has stepped down after a successful 3 year term. In that time BIT has grown internationally, establishing offices in New York, Sydney, Wellington and Singapore.

BIT was created by the then Prime Minister in 2010 to apply behavioural science to public policy. The team was mutualised in 2014 and is now a social purpose company.

The team continues to prioritise public service and positive social impact. Recent examples include shorter waiting times NHS patients, increased exam pass rates among English and Maths students, and supporting emerging economies with tax collection.

Dr David Halpern, chief executive of the Behavioural Insights Team, said:

“I am delighted that Robert is joining our board as Chair and bringing with him his energy and creativity. His outstanding range of experience across the third, public and private sectors puts us in a strong position as we look to scale our social purpose work in the UK and internationally. ”

Robert Taylor, incoming chair of the Behavioural Insights Team, said:

“I’m very much looking forward to joining the Behavioural Insights Team as chair. Its work in recent years has established BIT as a world leader in the application of behavioural science to policy – I hope my skills and experience will be useful to directors and staff across its global offices in the months and years ahead. ”

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