They have been appointed for three years and will provide independent advice, support and scrutiny on the department’s work.
The new board members will work with civil servants and ministers across all areas of the department, helping on the Government’s priorities including the response to Covid-19, reactivating the labour market and delivering a modern, fair and affordable welfare system.
They join the existing Non-Executive Board Members, David Holt, Hayley Tatum and Ashley Machin.
Rachel Wolf is Founding Partner at consultancy Public First. She has been a Senior Vice President of education technology company Amplify, and was the Founder and Director of the charity the New Schools Network. She was previously Innovation and Education Adviser in Downing Street.
Eleanor Shawcross is a Public Policy Specialist. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State at the Department of Work and Pensions, having previously spent a number of years at HM Treasury on the Council of Economic Advisers. Eleanor has also worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. She began her career at the Boston Consulting Group.