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Speaker Biography

Tony Wilson

 Tony Wilson
Tony Wilson joined Inclusion as a Director in October 2011. He has more than ten years’ experience of policy and research, project management and delivery across a range of roles in HM Treasury, the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus.
Since joining Inclusion Tony has led on a range of projects including a feasibility study on developing a new employment programme in Northern Ireland, assessing approaches to tackling youth unemployment, analysis of supply and demand for skills, fragmentation of services for young people and evaluation of programmes to increase employment among inactive groups.

Most recently, Tony led on employment policy and delivery at HM Treasury: advising on labour market trends, policy responses to the downturn, delivery of welfare to work programmes and benefit reform.

Prior to this he was responsible for the design and delivery of a number of Department for Work and Pensions employment projects. This included overseeing the development and introduction of the Future Jobs Fund, which successfully created over 105,000 temporary jobs for long-term unemployed people; a successor programme to create work experience placements for unemployed young people; and projects to combine skills training, work experience and guaranteed job interviews.

Tony has worked across a wide range of policy areas with a particular focus on welfare to work programmes, support for disadvantaged groups, local partnership working and the fit between employment and skills. He was an expert policy adviser to David Freud on his independent review of welfare to work, published in 2007.

Tony has an MA from Selwyn College, University of Cambridge.


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