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Tom Bentley

Tom Bentley is an author and policy analyst based in Australia. Bentley was born and educated in the United Kingdom, where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Bentley was formerly executive director for policy and cabinet for the Premier of Victoria, Australia, [1] and was then deputy chief of staff to Prime Minister Julia Gillard [2] and part-time director of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. [3] Between 1998 and 2006 he was director of DEMOS [4] - described by The Economist as ‘Britain's most influential think tank'. Prior to his role at Demos he was a special adviser to David Blunkett MP, then Secretary of State for Education and Employment, [5] where he worked on issues including school curriculum reform, social inclusion, creativity, citizenship, adult skills and area-based regeneration. He has been a trustee and chair of the Learning Programme for the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) [6] and a trustee of the Community Action Network in London.

Bentley has been a regular contributor to The Guardian , The Observer , [7] the Financial Times and the New Statesman as well as regularly being interviewed for print and broadcast media.


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  1. Button, James (13 July 2006). "Former Blair 'policy wonk' to advise Bracks". The Age . Melbourne. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  2. "Prime Minister Julia Gillard". Business Spectator. 11 November 2010. Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2010.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. Bentley, Tom (23 November 2006). "Innovation drives growth". The Courier-Mail . Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  4. Adcock, Robert; Bevir, Mark; Stimson, Shannon C. (2007). Modern Political Science. Princeton University Press. p. 292. ISBN   978-0-691-12874-0 . Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  5. Bentley, Tom (10 February 2002). "Time to stop 'teaching the test'". The Observer . London. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  7. Bentley, Tom (4 August 2002). "The view from above". The Observer. London. Retrieved 31 August 2008.