Lily Brown

Research Assistant

I joined Reform as a Research Assistant in August 2019, driven by a long-term interest in educational reform and a curiosity about the increasingly international policy-making process. Before this, I completed my postgraduate degree in Education Policy at University College London, carrying out a research study on teachers and their perceived role in educational policymaking. Reform’s unique influence over policymaking and their commitment to addressing issues such as teacher retention and recruitment offered a unique opportunity to broaden my understanding of public services and policy change.

I also have an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Bristol, during which I completed my dissertation on Margaret Thatcher’s 1988 Education Reform Act and its relationship to neoliberal reforms in the 1980s and 1990s. While in Bristol, I also worked with the Schumacher Institute, researching the issue of history’s purpose in policy-making decisions and subsequently writing a research report on this topic.

Outside of work, I enjoy live music and festivals, going to the gym and spending time with family and friends.

My favourite Reformer is... Paulo Freire, for challenging conventional wisdom and considering how education could be used to destabilise societal inequalities.

Areas of Interest

  • Education
  • Public service procurement
  • Social mobility and social justice


7th June 2019

#Reformdigitalhealth conference 2019

On 5th June 2019, Reform held its #reformdigitalhealth 2019 conference, 'Unlocking the promise of digital health'. It explored what we can learn from failures in digital health, getting the implementation right and reimagining the future of healthcare. 

The event brought together a range of voices including patients, public service leaders, businesses and future thinkers. 

You can find videos and highlights from the day below.