Public Policy Projects (PPP) is a subscription based organisation Chaired by Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell which offers practical policy analysis and development in health, care and other public services. PPP is independent and cross-party bringing together public and private sector leaders, investors, policy makers and commentators with a common interest in the future of local public policy.

Working in partnership with LaingBuisson, the UK’s leading provider of local market intelligence, PPP offers policy analysis and a secure environment for the discussion of ideas.

How We Work

We offer strategic advice about the opportunities presented by the policy landscape.

PPP works in partnership with LaingBuisson.

We are non party aligned and bring together senior leaders from both the public and private sectors along with politicians and policy makers.

For further information contact Ben Howlett

Public Policy Projects Subscription

A Public Policy Projects subscription offers the following:

PPP Insight - PPP produce regular thought leadership blogs, reports and podcasts. These are produced both by PPP staff and external contributors such as politicians, journalists, practitioners and policy makers.

PPP Breakfasts - This series provides PPP subscribers with two tickets to monthly thought leadership breakfasts a year. The meetings take place under Chatham House rule and are led by key opinion formers in the life sciences and healthcare sector. Recent speakers have included Simon Stevens, Jeremy Hunt and Andrea Sutcliffe. The breakfasts provide insight into current policy thinking and are an opportunity for subscribers to directly question policy makers. After every breakfast, a policy report summarising the debate is circulated to subscribers.

Subscriber Feature Pieces - Every month, PPP offers the opportunity for two subscribers to pen an editorial piece highlighting their work. This will be featured on the PPP website and promoted to policymakers and opinion formers via PPP social media channels.

A Complimentary Subscription to Care Markets and Healthcare Markets - Both are published 10 times per annum by LaingBuisson providing authoritative analysis of recent market developments.

A Complimentary Subscription to PPP Online - A new online service launched in 2017 which provides regular insight on current developments in community based health and care services.

For more information and a printable leaflet please click here.

For more information and a printable leaflet for our local government network please click here (Insert link to PPP PDF Local Goverment)

To enquire about the cost of a PPP subscription please contact Ben Howlett.

Public Policy Projects Consulting

On top of our core subscription programme, PPP offers a Retained Advisor Service. This takes the form of tailored strategic advice on the likely impact of health, care and other public policy on the operations of a business. It offers a full day each month of personalised advice from a member of the PPP team; the form of this support is flexible depending on your needs, but can include-

Internal briefings and board presentations on policy landscape

Personalised commentary on relevant aspects of health and care policy

Risk planning

For more information please contact Ben Howlett.

Public Policy Projects Thought Leadership

PPP also works with individual clients to develop thought leadership analysis and original policy programmes. Individual projects are developed by the PPP team, and include opportunities to collaborate on think tank style policy reports, as well as policy maker roundtables and other events targeted at the policy community.

For examples of our recent work please contact Ben Howlett.

Who Are We

Claire Whelan


Clare is a Director of Public Policy Projects. She was an elected local government councillor from 1990-2014 holding different roles including Mayor, Cabinet Member, Scrutiny Chair and Health & Wellbeing Board Member. She was active in the cross party Local Government Association from 1998- 2014 on programme Boards and developing councillor recruitment and leadership training programmes. Her day job at Westminster involved working with politicians and the policy world. She is now also an advisor on healthcare and local government to a multinational company. Clare was appointed an OBE for services to local government, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London.

Stephen Dorrell


Stephen is Chairman of Public Policy Projects. He is also Chairman of LaingBuisson, the healthcare market intelligence company. Stephen was appointed chair of the NHS Confederation in November 2015. Stephen was a Member of Parliament from 1979 to 2015 and a member of the government from 1987 to 1997. He was a member of the Cabinet as Secretary of State for the National Heritage from 1994 to 1995 and Secretary of State for Health from 1995 to 1997. Between 2010 and 2014, Stephen was the first elected chair of the House of Commons Health Committee, developing the role of the Committee as an authoritative cross- party voice on health and care policy.

Catherine Hodgson


Catherine is Head of Policy at PPP. She has sixteen years' experience working in policy and public affairs, most recently as Head of the Hi Office at London Borough of Sutton, supporting the council’s corporate policy development and public affairs work. Catherine has worked on major infrastructure projects and areas such as community engagement, transforming local public services, devolution, and the integration of health and social care. Previously Catherine has worked for Parkinson’s on policy and campaigns development and as a researcher in the UK Parliament producing reports on welfare to work, NHS staff attitudes, and disability policy.

Ben Howlett


Ben is a Director of PPP. He was Member of Parliament for Bath from 2015 to 2017 and Chair of the first Parliamentary Group for Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions. He also Chaired the Stroke Group and supported the personalised medicines and data analytics groups. Prior to entering Parliament Ben worked alongside the NHS and the wider public sector providing consultancy support. During his time in Parliament he led on the work with No.10 to integrate housing with health and social care. He has worked on a range of cross party Select Committee inquiries into a range of issues including Meningitis and Brain Tumours.