Sir Michael Barber, 2010
Education Advisor to Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Sir Michael Barber is one of the worlds' leading education reformers. He is head of McKinsey's Global Education Practice and is chairing the Pakistan Education Taskforce. He works on major challenges of performance, organisation and reform in government and the public services, especially education, around the world. He is co-author of the widely-read international benchmarking study “How the World's Best Performing School Systems Come Out on Top.”

Prior to joining McKinsey he was (from 2001) Chief Adviser on Delivery to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. As Head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit he was responsible for the oversight of implementation of the Prime Minister's priority programmes in health, education, transport, policing, the criminal justice system and asylum/immigration.

The approach to delivery he developed is widely seen as constructive and innovative. His book about this experience – Instruction to Deliver: Fighting to Reform Britain's Public Services (Methuen 2008) was described by the Financial Times as “one of the best books about British Government for many years.”

Between 1997 and 2001, he was Chief Adviser to the Secretary of State for Education on School Standards. Prior to joining government he was a Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London.

His other major publications include The Learning Game: Arguments for an Education Revolution (Indigo 1997), The Virtue of Accountability (Boston University 2005) and Impossible & Necessary: Are You Ready for This (Nesta, July 2009).

His advice on public policy, especially education, has been sought by governments in over 30 countries including the USA, Chile, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore and Australia and by major international organisations including the OECD, The World Bank and the IMF. He is an Honorary Doctor at the Universities of Exeter, Nottingham Trent and Wolverhampton and a Visiting Professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

March 2010
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