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Professor Sir Julian Le Grand has been the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics since 1993. He is the author, co-author or editor of eighteen books, and has written more than one hundred refereed journal articles and book chapters on economics, philosophy and public policy. From 2003 to 2005 he was seconded to No 10 Downing Street as Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. During this time and since, Sir Julian has chaired numerous working groups and taskforces in government. Between 2007 and 2009, he was the chair of Health England, the National Reference Group for Health and Wellbeing for the UK Department of Health. Later, between 2011 and 2013, he chaired the UK Cabinet Office’s Mutuals TaskForce. As one of the principal architects of the UK Government’s public service reforms, introducing choice and competition into health care and education, his policy innovations include the Pupil Premium and Patient Budgets, now being piloted by the Department of Health. Drawing on this experience he has advised key international organisations and leaders, including the World Bank, the OECD, and the President of the European Commission. Sir Julian is a Founding Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and a Trustee of the Kings Fund. He has also been named one of Prospect magazine’s 100 top British public intellectuals, and one of the ESRC’s ten Heroes of Dissemination. He was knighted in 2015 for his services.
Professor Daniel Muijs is Associate Dean Research and Enterprise, Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences, and Professor of Education in the Southampton Education School, at the University of Southampton. Previously he worked at the University of Manchester as Chair of Pedagogy and Teacher Development at the University of Manchester, School of Education, as Chair of School Leadership and Management at the University of Newcastle and as senior at Warwick Institute of Education. He is an acknowledged expert in the field of Educational and Teacher Effectiveness and is co-editor of the journal School Effectiveness and School Improvement. He has published widely in the areas of educational effectiveness, leadership and research methods, and has conducted research for government agencies (DCSF, NCSL, QCA), Charitable Trusts (Gatsby) and Research Councils (ESRC). Daniel is Treasurer of the International Congress on School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI); Member of the Advisory Board of the Teacher Development Trust (TDT); and a governor at Wyvern Academy.
Tim Oates, CBE, is Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, leading a 40+ research group which focusses on national and international research on assessment and measurement. In 2010 he published Could do better which laid down the principles for the review of the National Curriculum in England. He was chair of the Expert Panel for Review of the National Curriculum. He has published widely on assessment and is a member of Ofqual’s Standards Advisory Group. Tim routinely provides briefings and advice to UK and other governments. He is a visiting professor at the University of Leeds and a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge. Tim was appointed CBE for his services to education in 2015.
Professor James Tooley is Professor of Education Policy at Newcastle University, where he directs the work of the EG West Centre – a research unit committed to furthering understanding of the role of private sector in providing education to low income communities in developing countries. He has authored/co-authored well over 50 research papers and books on education policy and the role of the private sector, including The Global Education Industry (1999), E.G. West: Economic Liberalism and the Role of Government in Education (2008), and The Beautiful Tree (2009). Much of James's work now involves helping education entrepreneurs to access loans to improve school facilities and curriculum for budget private schools.
Professor Philip Booth is Editorial and Programme Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St. Mary's University, Twickenham. Previously, Philip Booth worked for the Bank of England as an advisor on financial stability issues and he was also Associate Dean, and later Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at Cass Business School. He has written widely, including a number of books, on investment, finance, social insurance and pensions as well as on the relationship between Catholic social teaching and economics. He is Deputy Editor of Economic Affairs and on the editorial boards of various other academic journals. Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and an honorary member of the Society of Actuaries of Poland. He has previously worked in the investment department of Axa Equity and Law and was been involved in a number of projects to help develop actuarial professions and actuarial, finance and investment professional teaching programmes in Central and Eastern Europe. Philip has a BA in Economics from the University of Durham and a PhD from City University.
Academic Council and Fellows
Dr Henrik Jordahl (Council Member and Fellow) is Associate Professor of Economics at Uppsala University, and Programme Director at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm, where directs the research program ‘The Economics of the Service Sector’. He specialises in publicly financed services and privatization. Other research interests include voting behaviour and interpersonal trust. Henrik is also an external research director at the Centre for Business and Policy Studies (SNS) and is affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
Dr Harry Anthony Patrinos (Council Member and Fellow) is Practice Manager for Education at the World Bank. He specialises in school-based management; demand-side financing; and public-private partnerships. Harry has managed education lending operations and analytical work programs in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. Among numerous publications, including more than 40 journal articles, he was a lead author of the report, 'Lifelong Learning in the Global Knowledge Economy' (World Bank 2003), and co-author of the books Policy Analysis of Child Labor: A Comparative Study (St. Martin’s, 1999) and Decentralization of Education: Demand-Side Financing (World Bank, 1997). He received a doctorate from the University of Sussex.
Dr Nima Sanandaji (Council Member and Fellow) has written numerous books and reports on policy areas such as integration, entrepreneurship, women's career opportunities, welfare state policy and market reforms. Recent publications include Scandinavian Unexceptionalism, SuperEntrepreneurs (with Tino Sanandaji), and Renaissance for Reforms (with Stefan Fölster). Nima was co-founder of the Stockholm-based think tank Captus, which he led as CEO for several years until 2011. He has conducted research at Chalmers University of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and Cambridge University, and has worked with several think tanks also, including the Centre for Policy Studies where he holds a research fellowship. He holds a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Dr Tino Sanandaji (Council Member and Fellow) is Research Fellow at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics. He has a MA in Economics and a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Professor Len Shackleton (Council Member and Fellow) is Professor of Economics at the University of Buckingham. He was previously Dean of the Royal Docks Business School at the University of East London and prior to that was Dean of the Westminster Business School. He has also taught at Queen Mary, University of London, and worked as an economist in the Civil Service. His research interests are primarily in labour economics. He has worked with many think tanks, most closely with the Institute of Economic Affairs. Len has over a hundred publications to his name and is a frequent commentator on TV and radio.
Geoffrey Holden (Fellow) is Senior Policy Advisor at City & Guilds, the leading vocational awarding body. Among his broad interests in education policy, he has a particular interest in 14-19 education and ensuring that there is a high quality vocational offer for all young people.