Tom Bentley brings to the Eidos Institute Ltd Board expertise in corporate governance, research and development activities in private and public sectors, and education and training.
Tom Bentley is Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister, Australia. Prior to this he held the positions of Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Deputy Prime Minister, and Executive Director of Policy and Cabinet in the Victorian Government.
Tom has also led Demos - described by The Economist as ‘Britain’s most influential think tank’. He has played a leading role in the formation of policy ideas and analysis of government reform over the last decade. Over the period of Tom’s leadership Demos trebled in size, building projects and partnerships in 12 countries.
Prior to that he was a special adviser to David Blunkett MP, then Secretary of State for Education and Employment, where he worked on issues including school curriculum reform, social inclusion, creativity, curriculum reform, citizenship, adult skills and area-based regeneration. He is an expert in bridging policy, innovation and practice in fields from public services to global security, science policy and social innovation with a large of partners ranging from northern Europe to China and India.
Tom has established an international profile as an independent source of ideas and innovation across a range of subjects. 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: strategies for personalising the public realm (Demos 2003)
- Letting go: complexity, individualism and the left (Renewal, 2002)
- Everyday Democracy: why we get the politicians we deserve (Demos, 2005).
- 21st century citizenship, in Remaking Social Democracy (Polity, 2004).
He has been a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Financial Times, The New Statesman. Tom has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, University of Oxford (1994).
- Senior Consultant, Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD)
- Trustee and Chair of Learning Programme, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, United Kingdom
- Trustee, Community Action Network