Jan McKenley-Simpson

Jan McKenley-Simpson

Senior Associate

Jan is a Senior Associate and Leadership Coach at Innovation Unit with an interest in widening access and participation, raising aspirations and educational achievement. She believes in the transformative power of education, music and sport, particularly in the community.

Most recently, Jan’s main focus has been on supporting innovation in children’s social care, in particular the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme which seeks to redesign support to adolescents on the edge of care and the leadership role of social workers. As an experienced facilitator and leadership coach, Jan has previously worked on some of Innovation Unit’s education projects (REAL Projects, Next Practice in System Leadership) and supported Networked Learning Communities across the country.  

Having retired from the Civil Service in April 2014, Jan is now a Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and sits on both their Migration and Youth Panel, and the Evidence and Learning Advisory Group. She has held senior roles in education and served on national committees for the Government on youth work, and for the Mayor of London on black underachievement.