Jonathan Simons

Former Head of Education, Policy Exchange

Jonathan is Director of Education and Social Policy at Public First, a policy and communications agency that specialises in policy work, public opinion research, and campaigns that help organisations address complex public policy questions.

Jonathan was formerly the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Varkey Foundation for two years where he worked on global education issues, and before that was Head of the Education at Policy Exchange. He has also worked in government for over a decade including as Head of Education in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under the administrations of both Gordon Brown and David Cameron,

Outside of work, Jonathan is the Chair of Governors and Co-Founder of Greenwich Free School, a Trustee of Astrea Multi Academy Trust, and a Trustee of Ambition School Leadership.

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