Tom Bentley

Tom Bentley

Author and policy analyst based in Australia

What will it take for education to be creative? (November 28, 9.35am)

Tom Bentley is a writer and policy adviser based in Melbourne, Australia.

From 2007-13 he was Deputy Chief of Staff and senior policy adviser to Julia Gillard. His policy responsibilities included school reform, innovation and industry policy, the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement and the Government’s white paper on Australia in the Asian Century.

He is currently an adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on education and innovation, and a visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School.

From 1999-2006 he was Director of Demos, an independent think tank based in London. His publications include Learning beyond the classroom: education for a changing world (Routledge, 1998); The Creative Age: knowledge and skills for a new economy (Demos, 1999); The Adaptive State (Demos 2003) and Letting go: complexity, individualism and the left (Renewal, 2002).

He has also worked in senior policy roles in the British and Victorian Governments and at ANZSOG, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.