Currently a Design Council BEE, I was formerly Head of Education at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and Director of Engaging Places (a national built environment education programme) working with English Heritage and Open City.
Earlier, as a founding Director of the Innovation Unit in the government’s Department for Education, I created the evidence and brand that enabled the Unit to become a successful independent organisation, alongside enabling teachers to input into the Building Schools for the Future and Design Education programmes.
I’ve been Research Manager for BBC Education Policy, prize-winning BBC Executive Producer for the Open University, education researcher, teacher trainer running courses promoting cultural plurality and social inclusion in London schools and teacher.
A Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) for “achievement in education and services to innovation”, and RIBA member, I’ve held a public appointment on the National Education Research Forum and sat on high-level steering committees. I’ve led production for national education projects, covering Built Environment Education, Design Education, Literacy, Maths and Technology and developed education policy at national and local level.
I’ve worked across the UK and worldwide, been a media mentor and chair of a school governing body.