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Paul Roberts OBE

Paul Roberts OBE

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Paul Roberts OBE

Vice Chair

Paul Roberts OBE is Chair of the Innovation Unit board of directors. This draws on his extensive experience and understanding of local government. He was Director of Strategy and subsequently Managing Director of the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) for local government.  

A graduate in Philosophy and Mathematics, a teacher and schools inspector, Paul held Director of Education posts in Nottingham and London. He was a Director of Capita Strategic Education Services before joining the IDeA. As author of the DfE/DCMS-commissioned report “Nurturing Creativity in Young People”, Paul was adviser to UK government Ministers on the development of cultural education for young people.

He is currently Chair of Nottingham Music Education Hub, vice-Chair at Nottingham Contemporary, deputy-Chair at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, a member of the DfE Music Education Hub Advisory Board and a member of the Arts Council steering group for In Harmony. He was a commissioner for the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, served on a range of committees at the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and has been a Board member of the Greenwood Academy Trust. He is adviser to the Arts Council on their development of national peer learning networks for Music Education Hubs and Cultural Education Partnerships.

Paul’s recent writing includes contribution to “Organisational Innovation in Public Services” and joint authorship of “The Virtuous Circle – why creativity and cultural education count.” Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to Education and the Creative Industries.