I’m chief leader writer and a columnist at the Observer, and deputy opinion editor at the Guardian. I’m also a a trustee of the philanthropic foundation the Trust for London and of the education charity Ambition School Leadership.

Previously, I was Head of Public Services and Consumer Rights at the consumer champion Which? Before that I was a senior policy adviser to Ed Miliband, running Labour’s Small Business Taskforce (you can read the report here).

I’ve also worked as Head of Policy and Strategy at the Dartington Social Research Unit, and for two leading centre-left think tanks: I was Head of the Capabilities programme at Demos from 2008-2010, where I ran its programme of research on education, children, young people and families. Prior to that, I was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, where I led several major research projects on children, education and social policy.