Tom Shinner

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Tom Shinner became Director of Cross-Government Policy Coordination at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU) in July 2016. According to his profile: 'His directorate leads DExEU’s work to coordinate the domestic policy implications of exit, across government departments, to seize the opportunities and ensure a smooth process of exit.'[1]

He was previously UK Department for Education director of strategy from the end of 2013. He was 28 when he was appointed. He was also a board member of the UK Department for Education.

Prior to becoming an adviser to then Education secretary Michael Gove, Shinner was a managament consultant with McKinsey & Company.

He was also co-founder of a free school in South London, the Greenwich Free School.[2]

Gove adviser

As Director of Strategy, Shinner's job was to advise Education Secretaries Michael Gove and later Nicky Morgan. He also led the Department for Education's strategy unit, performance unit, implementation group and policy advisers; as well as supporting the 'effective implementation of high-priority initiatives'.[3]

Meetings with external organisations

Shinner met with the following organisations between September 2014 and July 2015:[4]


  1. Tom Shinner, profile, accessed November 2016
  2. Tom Shinner, Linkedin profile, accessed July 2016
  3. Tom Shinner, government profile, accessed July 2016
  4. List released under FOI law
  5. Doug Lemov at the annual Policy Exchange / Teach First Lecture, Policy Exchange website, 12 September 2014