Tom Bentley

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Tom Bentley is Executive director for policy and cabinet affairs for the Premier of Victoria, Australia. He was Director of the think tamk Demos from 1999 - 2006. He is a former adviser to David Blunkett MP – then Secretary of State for Education. He has been described as ‘one of Britain’s leading policy entrepreneurs’, and as ‘among the most intelligent critics of New Labour’ by the London Evening Standard.[1]

His recent publications include "Letting go: complexity, individualism and the left" (Renewal, 2002), "Monarchies" (ed. Demos, 2002), "The Moral Universe" (ed. Demos, 2002), "It’s democracy stupid" (Demos, 2001), "The Creative Age: knowledge and skills for a new economy" (Demos, 1999), "The Real Deal: what young people really think about government, politics and social exclusion" (Demos, 1999) and "Learning beyond the classroom: education for a changing world" (Routledge, 1998), described as ‘one of the key education books of the decade’ by the Times Educational Supplement.

He was born and educated in East London and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford. he now lives in Melbourne, Australia He was a trustee of the Roundhouse and the Community Action Network, and chaired the steering group of the Centres for Curiosity and Imagination project. [2]he is currently director of the Australia and New Zealand School of government