Head of Employment and Skills Policy
Seamus is Head of Employment and Skills Policy.
He is a member of the government's National Living Wage advisory group, the Department for Education's Teaching Excellence Framework advisory group, the Business Enterprise Reference Group at Ofsted, the high-level strategic advisory group in statistical and data literacy at the Royal Statistical Society, the Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) Policy Advisory Group at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), the EY-British Future immigration policy strategy group, and a member of the Research Advisory Group for the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission. Seamus also sits on the panel of the cross-party inquiry into ‘What kind of legal status should be granted to EU citizens in the UK after the UK leaves the EU?’.
A Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Seamus has extensive public policy experience. Prior to joining the IoD, he worked in the policy unit of a party in the Northern Ireland Assembly, the public affairs division of a major UK third sector organisation, for a leading international think tank, and for an economic policy research institute operated jointly between the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Oxford.
He holds a (Joint Hons.) B.A. International in History, Politics and International Relations from University College Dublin (UCD) where he was awarded a Parnell Scholarship and won the T.D. Williams Medal for graduating first place in his class.
In addition he holds a diplôme from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po-Paris) and an (Hons) MSc from the LSE. His LSE master’s degree dissertation was published in a scholarly periodical and he has had a number of other academic papers published. Seamus is a regular commentator across radio, print, online and television media.