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The Heywood Prize Awards Ceremony


The Heywood Prize Awards Ceremony

About this ThinkIn

On Thursday 1st July, Tortoise is hosting the first ever Heywood Prize for Public Policy. Join us to watch as judges including Ed Balls, Sharon White, Amika George and Mustafa Suleyman announce the winners, live in our Newsroom.

Over 1900 people, of all ages and from across the UK, entered the contest across the two prizes on offer. The first challenge prize asked what key opportunities or possibilities have been created by the COVID-19 crisis: the second asked entrants to come up with innovative answers to the challenges or opportunities presented.

On the night we’ll hear from the winners on how they came up with their ideas, the judges on what excited them most about the hundreds of entries, and from Suzanne Heywood on the legacy of Jeremy Heywood on Britain and the civil service.

About The Heywood Prize

The Heywood Prize has been created by the Heywood Foundation. Jeremy Heywood served many Prime Ministers, and was Cabinet Secretary – the UK’s most senior Civil Servant – from 2012 to 2018. Jeremy was extremely open to new ideas, and sought out alternative perspectives. He was more interested in the quality of an idea than the rank or seniority of the person who proposed it. He would make a point of regularly getting out of Whitehall to spend time in ‘frontline’ settings, from jobcentres to charities, to seek out innovations and unusual perspectives. The Heywood Prize seeks to continue that spirit of inclusivity and innovation.

About The Heywood Foundation

The Heywood Foundation was set up in Jeremy’s memory to support innovation in public policy and diversity within the public sector.

The Heywood Foundation believes that the best ideas sometimes come from unexpected people and places, so our institutions and public dialogue need to be as open and inclusive as possible.

Please visit our website if you are interested in supporting us in this work.

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