About Renew Normal

Renew Normal is the national conversation around what should happen after the COVID-19 crisis.

To start with, we asked as many people as possible to tell us how life has changed and how they felt about it. We wanted to know what’s important to you, what you’ve struggled with and also any ways your life has improved or been easier. At the same time, we’ve looked at all the changes made by government, businesses and other institutions throughout the period – from the furlough scheme to how schools have coped – as well as find out anything we can about what people are doing differently – exercising more, for example. Nearly 12,000 people filled in our survey, and the results are what you’ll see on this site.

What happens next?

Next, we’ll work with our expert commissioners on the issues you’ve told us are most important to you. We’ll take what we learned from the first part of the project and delve deeper into finding out how different people have been affected by the changes, and suggest different solutions for people to discuss. We’re particularly looking for things you’ve said you’d like to go back to the way they were, and things you’d like to see change permanently, and how difficult making that happen will be. If you’d like to stay involved in the project, we’d love to ask your opinion again throughout this stage, so we can make sure as many people as possible agree with what we find.

Finally, again working with our commissioners, we’ll take what we’ve learned to the government in the form of policies they can implement. This way, people from all walks of life will have been involved in deciding how we rebuild our society, and we can make sure it’s one that’s better for everyone.

The Commission

The Commission brings together leading figures from sectors across society to steer the project and ensure it reaches those whose voices need to be heard, and those who need to hear them. Use the dots below to find out more about our Commissioners.

Martin Lewis OBE

Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert, is the journalist and consumer campaigner who created MoneySavingExpert.com and is now the site’s Executive Chair. Martin also founded and chairs the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute charity.

The Rt Hon Baroness Morgan of Cotes

The Rt Hon Baroness Morgan of Cotes was Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 24 July 2019 to 13 February 2020. She served as Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities from July 2014 to July 2016. She served as an Assistant Whip in the coalition government until her appointment as Economic Secretary to the Treasury in October 2013. Nicky served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women from April until July 2014. She was elected Conservative MP for Loughborough in 2010.

Nick Timothy

Nick Timothy is a columnist at the Daily Telegraph. He is also the author of Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism and a Visiting Professor at Sheffield University. A former Downing Street chief of staff, he now serves as a Non-Executive Director in the Department for Education and as a member of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE

Chief Executive and Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE joined the NMC as Chief Executive and Registrar in January 2019. Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in health and social care.

In July 2016, in recognition of her work in social care, Andrea received an Honorary Award of Doctor of Science from the University of Leeds. She was awarded a CBE for services to adult social care in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

Mike Clancy

General Secretary of the Prospect union

Mike Clancy is general secretary of Prospect, a trade union representing more than 147,000 professional, technical and creative people in both public and private sectors. He was elected in March 2012 and is currently serving his second term.

Ndidi Okezie

CEO of UK Youth

Ndidi is an influential public advocate, delivering transformational change in a variety of contexts. Joining UK Youth as CEO in January 2020, Ndidi was previously Vice President of the Secondary School Portfolio for Pearson PLC, having been a teacher and then School Leader for 10 years. She then spent six years on the executive board for Teach First where she oversaw Youth Access Programmes, Community Action and Alumni Development.

Professor Donna Hall CBE

Chair of the New Local Government Network (NLGN)

Donna has been described as a “public service pioneer” by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. She was awarded a CBE in 2009 for innovation in public service and was Transformational Leader in the Northern Powerwomen Awards 2017. She was CEO of Wigan Council for 8 years and developed The Wigan Deal – a new relationship with residents which delivered 160 million savings and improved services and resident satisfaction.

She is now the chair of the innovative national think tank the New Local Government Network and the Chair of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

Vidhya Alakeson

Chief Executive of Power to Change

Vidhya is the founding Chief Executive of Power to Change, an independent trust established in 2015 to support the growth of community businesses across England as a means to creating more prosperous and cohesive communities. To date, Power to Change has invested over £60 million and supported 1,000 community businesses through targeted grants and support programmes.

Josh Hardie

Josh is CBI Deputy Director-General. An experienced corporate affairs specialist, Josh joined the CBI in 2016 and leads the CBI’s overall policy development, media and campaigning work.

From Brexit and global trade to Industrial Strategy, regional growth and the CBI’s new campaign, Everyone’s business, all Josh’s focus is aimed at helping business to tackle inequality and raise living standards.

Hetan Shah

Chief Executive of the British Academy. Hetan Shah is Chief Executive of the British Academy and previously Executive Director of the Royal Statistical Society. He is a visiting professor at the Policy Institute, Kings College London, chair of the Friends Provident Foundation and deputy chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute. He is also trustee of St George’s House.

Lord Wood of Anfield

Lord Wood of Anfield is a Labour member of the House of Lords and a Fellow of Magdalen College, where he taught politics from 1995–2011. From 2001–2007 he was a member of the Treasury’s Council of Economic Advisers, working on a range of public policy issues for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. From 2007-2010 he worked at 10 Downing Street as a Senior Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, leading on foreign policy (Europe, USA & Middle East); culture, media & sports policy; and Northern Irish affairs. He was a member of the Labour Shadow Cabinet & an adviser to Ed Miliband from 2010-2015. He writes regularly on issues of contemporary public policy.

Alice Bentinck MBE

Alice Bentinck MBE is co-founder and General Partner at Entrepreneur First. Entrepreneur First invests in top technical individuals to help them build world-class deep technology startups from scratch in six locations across Europe and Asia. Since 2011, Entrepreneur First has created over 200 startups worth over $1.5bn including Magic Pony Technology, Tractable and CloudNC.EF’s investors include LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman and Greylock Partners, alongside Mosaic Ventures, Lakestar and Founders Fund. She also set up Code First: Girls, a not-for-profit that has taught 5,000 women to code for free while at university. Alice started her career at McKinsey & Co. She was awarded an MBE for services to business in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Alice is also a member of the UK AI Council, representing the UK AI Sector on the international stage.

Anna Severwright

Anna is co-chair of the Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC), a coalition of 62 national organisations, working together to increase the use of personalised care in health and social care. She is also a co-convenor of Social Care Future, a diverse movement looking to bring positive change to social care. She lives with multiple long-term conditions and disability, and brings her personal experience of receiving health and social care to her roles. She strongly believes that care should be personalised, focused on what matters to a person, to enable them to live the life they want. Anna also champions co-production, working with people with lived experience, to improve the quality and people’s experiences of services. She is also a patient partner with her local NHS trust and a member of the East Midlands Academic Health Sciences Network PPI Senate. She previously qualified as a doctor but had to stop practicing medicine in 2012 due to her declining health.

The People’s Commission on Life After Covid-19 is being run by Demos, an educational charity.
Find out more about us at demos.co.uk