Nick Hillman

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Nick Hillman was chief of staff to minister of state for universities and science David Willetts between 2010-2013.[1] He is now director of the Higher Education Policy Institute. [2]


According to a 2010 biography: Thirty-eight year old Hillman studied as a postgraduate at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He worked for five years as a teacher, and a further four years working for pension companies.[3] From 2000 to 2003, Hillman was the Senior Research Officer to David Willetts MP.

Hillman stood in the 2010 general election as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Conservative Party in Cambridge for the 2010 General Election.[4] If elected, he stated in his Declarations of Interests that he would stand down from his post as special adviser. However, with 12,829 votes he failed to defeat the Lib Dem candidate Julian Huppert who held the Cambridge seat for the Liberal Democrats having received 19,621 votes.[5]

Hillman declares an "irregular income" from "writing articles and pamphlets for journals, magazines and think tanks".[6] These include Politeia, Centre for Policy Studies and the Bow Group. [7] From 2003 to 2007 he was a Policy Adviser on pensions at the Association of British Insurers,[8] and was previously a Research Fellow at neoconservative think tank the Policy Exchange. He sat on the Centre for Social Justice's Economic Dependency Group.[9]

In defence of special advisers

In 2014, he wrote an essay entitled 'In Defence of Special Advisers: Lessons from Personal Experience' for the Institute for Government. [10]

Contact, Resources, Notes


Address: Nick Hillman PPC
Cambridge City Conservatives
153 St Neots Road
Cambridge, CB3 7QJ


  1. Department of Information Services, "Parliamentary Information List", accessed 07.09.10
  2. Q&A with Nick Hillman accessed 8/914
  3. Nick Hillman, "About me", accessed 13.09.10
  4. Nick Hillman, "About me", accessed 13.09.10
  5. Cambridge News, "General election results", accessed 13.09.10
  6. Nick Hillman, "Declarations of Interests", accessed 13.09.10
  7. The coalition special advisers, Civil Service World, (the newspaper for the senior civil service) 7th April 2011, accessed 5 October 2011
  8. Nicholas Hillman, "Encouraging pension saving and extending choice: The past, present and future of contracting out", Association of British Insurers, April 2007, accessed 13.09.10
  9. Staff writers, "Nick Hillman", The Telegraph, accessed 13.09.10
  10. Institute for Government Institute for Government accessed 23 September 2014