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Anna Coote

Anna Coote is Head of Social Policy at nef (new economics foundation). A leading analyst, writer and advocate in the field of social policy, she was Commissioner for Health with the UK Sustainable Development Commission from 2000-2009. She was Director of Health Policy at the King’s Fund from1998-2004 before joining the Healthcare Commission to lead their work on engaging patients and the public (2005-8). Earlier posts include Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of ippr (Institute for Public Policy Research) from 1989-1998, Editor and Producer of current affairs television for Diverse Productions (1982-6), Deputy Editor of the New Statesman (1978-82). She has written widely on sustainable development, public health policy, public involvement and democratic dialogue, gender and equality. Recent publications include Ten Big Questions about the Big Society (nef 2010), 21 Hours (nef, 2010) and Green Well Fair: Three economies for social justice (nef, 2009).


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