Jonathan Simons

Former Head of Education, Policy Exchange

jonathan simons wonkhe policy exchange
jonathan simons wonkhe policy exchange

Jonathan is Head of the Education Unit, where he directs research on all aspects of education including Early Years, schools, skills and HE. Before joining Policy Exchange Jonathan worked at Serco Group, where he was Director of Strategy and Market Development in both the company’s specialist education and health practices. Prior to that, he was Head of Open Public Services in the Cabinet Office, where he co-authored the Open Public Services White Paper, and Senior Policy Adviser and then Head of Education in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under the administrations of both Gordon Brown and David Cameron, where he worked on a range of education issues including the expansion of Teach First, the future of Academies, a national funding formula, and the pupil premium.

Outside of work Jonathan is the Chair of Governors and Co-Founder of Greenwich Free School, a new 11-18 school set up in Woolwich under the Coalition free school policy which has been frequently referenced and praised by politicians and commentators including Michael Gove and Andrew Adonis. He is also Vice Chair of Governors of one of his local schools, and is a Trustee of WWV, a small charity that promotes volunteering amongst school children and other groups including ex offenders, ex servicemen, and disabled young people.

Jonathan holds a degree in Politics from the University of Durham.