Tom Richmond

Senior Research Fellow

I have joined Reform to lead our work on education and skills.

Before starting at Reform, I spent 15 years in the world of education across different roles. I began my career teaching A-level Psychology at one of the country’s leading state schools, having gained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Child Development from the Institute of Education in London.

After three years in teaching, I moved into politics to work on policy development and research across the education, skills and welfare sector. This included roles at think-tanks such as Policy Exchange and the Social Market Foundation, Pearson, G4S, a leading professional body and also spending a short time working for an MP.

I subsequently spent two years as an advisor to ministers at the Department for Education, first under Michael Gove and then Nicky Morgan, where I helped them to design and deliver new policies as well as improve existing ones.

After leaving the Department for Education, I spent two years teaching at a Sixth Form College in London alongside working as a Senior Policy Fellow at Policy Exchange.

In my spare time, I volunteer with a local charity supporting young carers and continue in vain to learn how to play golf.

What makes me get out of bed in the morning?

The thought that my work can make a difference to people’s lives. This applies to working in a think-tank just as much as it applies to working in the classroom.

Most likely to say?

“Don’t just tell me that it’s true – show me that it’s true.”