Tony has over 30 years’ experience in government, and is highly skilled in policy design and implementation, with an acknowledged ability to translate policy into frontline delivery, most recently as Head of Youth Policy at Government Office for the North West.
Now working independently as a consultant, Tony worked in a number of government departments developing and implementing policies and programmes primarily in the fields of education and training, with a particular focus latterly on allying these to support economic and social regeneration in the North West of England. He has wide experience in managing large programmes, inspecting and reviewing performance, and trouble-shooting delivery problems, with a particular interest in the negotiation and contracting of business in the public/social sectors.
Tony has also worked extensively with many partners and organisations ranging from local voluntary groups to national bodies – such as Department for Education, Ofsted, C4EO, and Youth Justice Board, on policy development in areas such as Careers Guidance, Youth Work, and developing effective support for young offenders. A long-time advocate of empowering young people, Tony is Chair of Youth Focus NW (formerly the North West Regional Youth Work Unit), an avid student of history and geopolitics, and a very slow jogger.