I am currently the Associate Director at the Pearson Think Tank – an independent think-tank that conducts research which aims to promote the provision of, and access to, high-quality education for everyone. Prior to joining the Pearson Think Tank, I spent over two years as Head of Policy at G4S Welfare to Work – one of the largest providers of employment services in the UK and a major deliverer of the Government’s ‘Work Programme’ that aims to help long-term unemployed people into work. My previous roles include working as a Policy Advisor on Skills for a professional body with 135,000 members, working for think-tanks such as Policy Exchange and the Social Market Foundation where I specialised in schools policy and welfare reform, and spending a short time working for an MP.
Before entering the world of politics, I spent three years teaching Psychology and Economics at one of the country’s top state schools. In terms of my academic background, I have a BSc in Psychology from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Child Development from the Institute of Education in London.