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Meet our people and partners

Our people

Whether in the UK, Australia or New Zealand, every member of our team is ambitious for social change.


Partners

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"Innovation Unit takes a really open and collaborative approach. They have brought new insights and thinking to the table, and led a successful co-design process that brought a range of senior leaders together to build a sense of shared endeavour and commitment to achieving collective impact. We're excited to continue the partnership with them over the coming months."

Cathy Irving, Director of Communications, The Health Foundation
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“Complex problems such as this can only be solved by those at the sharp end co-designing a fresh approach. Innovation Unit have helped to make that process of co-design truly productive”

Matthew Pike, Policy Fellow, Work and Health Unit (DWP)
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“Innovation Unit’s and PPL’s work has helped to energise the entire service. Their team combine creativity and dynamism, with a deep understanding of the context in which we are operating. They have managed to engage practice staff and partners, and keep them engaged, despite a hugely challenging context. We move forward with our work confident in the model, and ready to bring 20 more practices into the fold.”

Henry Leak, Hub Manager, West London CCG

“Through our work with the Innovation Unit, we have learned how to develop practices that are replicable, scalable and sustainable. Innovation Unit brings an incredible breadth and depth of expertise - in education, leadership, innovation, service design, evaluation - that is utterly transformative; we will never go back to the ways we did things before working with them!”

STACEY QUINCE, PRINCIPAL CAMPBELLTOWN PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

“Working across the education system in British Columbia, the Innovation Unit team has taken our thinking to new places and landed new ideas through a rigorous approach to innovation. They have focused on enabling more productive relationships between schools in bringing innovative practice to life. Their contribution to the development of BC as one of the world’s leading education systems has been significant.”

ROD ALLEN, DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT AND FORMER ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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"Our partnership with Innovation Unit has been about demonstrating the value of design led approaches and growing - not just our practical skills - but our culture to apply a design lens. We believe that to realise the change we want to see in Lambeth, design thinking applied at scale and across all layers of the system is critical."

DENIS O’ROURKE, DIRECTOR OF COMMISSIONING IN MENTAL HEALTH, LAMBETH CCG

“Being clear about the learning outcomes we want for students is challenging, complex and incredibly important foundational work for us. Innovation Unit have been just the right partners. Their expertise, commitment and the intellectual rigour they apply is delivering us a charter that we believe will truly deepen and enrich the education we offer.”

MARGERY EVANS, AGA KHAN EDUCATION SERVICES ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

“ELEVATE is a bold forward thinking initiative of AISNSW. To realise our ambition we specifically sought out Innovation Unit as a strategic partner to work with us because of their global perspective and proven impact. We wanted to offer schools the opportunity to engage in a robust innovation process to redesign practice and to equip them with methods that will serve them well into the future.”

SHARON CHEERS, DIVISION HEAD, SCHOOL INNOVATION, ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS OF NEW SOUTH WALES (AISNSW)

“The team at the Innovation Unit are brilliant at bringing structure and clarity to thorny problems. Facilitating a room of opinionated innovators is no easy feat, and yet they always manage to bring some new insight. That has helped bring new perspective to the scaling challenges we faced, and renewed vigour to our approach!”

TOM WHICHER, NHS INNOVATION ACCELERATOR FELLOW

Vacancies

We’re often on the lookout for talented, thoughtful, collaborative individuals with the passion, commitment and ability that’s needed to bring our work to life.

Board Director, UK

Innovation Unit are looking for two new board directors to help guide us in the delivery of our mission to develop new solutions and create impact at scale. Whilst our current board brings outstanding expertise and experience in innovation and in some of our key ‘sectors’, we are now in need of no-less important complementary skills. Read more about the role here.

How to apply

If you are inspired by what we do, and have skills and experience that could help us to increase our impact further over the next five years, please contact Kathy Whipp (kathy.whipp@innovationunit.org or 020 3918 5170) to express your interest.

The next step will be to arrange a brief, initial conversation over the phone with our Chief Exec or Deputy to get a mutual sense of fit.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 23 November 2018

The role requires a minimum commitment of four days per year (preparation for and attendance at board meetings).

The pay is £4,375k pa.

Graphic Designer, UK

Innovation Unit is looking for a Graphic Designer to join our team. More details about the job can be found here.

How to apply

Send your PDF portfolio of recent work, CV and cover letter stating why you’d like to join the Innovation Unit team.

Please send your application to contact@innovationunit.org by 12pm (midday) on Monday 26 November.

Interviews will be held at our offices during the week beginning 10 December.

Project Intern, UK

Innovation Unit is looking for up to three project interns to join the team.  More details about the job role can be found here.

How to apply

Send your CV, cover letter and a 500 word blog post on an issue or idea that Innovation Unit cares about and that has caught your attention this month.

Please send your application to contact@innovationunit.org by 6pm on Monday 26 November.

Interviews will be held at our offices during the week beginning 10 December.

Senior Project Lead, Australia

Innovation Unit Australia New Zealand are looking for a talented and passionate person to lead large-scale education innovation projects, predominantly in Western Australia. 

How to apply

Details of how you can apply and more details about the job role can be found here.

Please send your application to contactaus@innovationunit.org by 12 noon AWST on Wednesday 28 November 2018

 

Project Officer, Australia

Innovation Unit Australia New Zealand are looking for a talented and passionate Project Officer who can be a driving force behind exciting projects for both social good in Perth (and across other parts of Australia if needed).

How to apply

Details of how you can apply and more details about the job role can be found here.

Please send your application to contactaus@innovationunit.org by 12 noon AWST on Wednesday 28 November 2018