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Olly Newton – Building Schools for the Future

Executive Director

Edge Foundation

Olly Newton spent 12 years in the Department for Education working on policies including 14-19 diplomas, raising the participation age and finally as Head of Apprenticeship Strategy. Olly is now Executive Director of the Edge Foundation, where he oversees a programme of primary research, is lead author on the charity’s policy reports and runs the Edge Future Learning delivery programme for schools and colleges. Olly was Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Committee on Youth Unemployment and a Commissioner on the Independent Assessment Commission. In his spare time, Olly volunteers with the Scout Association, is Enterprise Adviser and Governor at Firth Park Academy and supports community theatre in Sheffield.