Vanessa is MEI's Deputy Chief Executive.
Prior to this, Vanessa was Assistant Director, Curriculum and Standards at the Department for Education. This role involved developing policy, commissioning delivery and managing strategic relationships with the aim of improving outcomes for young people. She led policy reforms to mathematics, STEM education and primary phonics/literacy. She also led policy developments to introduce computing in schools and headed the department's technology policy unit from 2011 to 2013.
Vanessa has a PhD, an academic background in cognitive psychology, and a deep commitment to evidence-based strategies and interventions to underpin her approach to education.