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Jonathan Slater

Jonathan Slater

  • Visiting

Visiting Professor


Following a 35 year career as a public servant, Jonathan Slater has established a non-executive portfolio of academic, advisory and charitable work. He is on the Board of the Institute for Government, the Advisory Council of the University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy, and the Council of the Federation of Education Development.Jonathan was Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education from 2016 to 2020, and head of the civil service policy profession. Before that, he was the Head of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat, Director General Transformation at Justice and Defence, Chief Executive of the Office of Criminal Justice Reform, and Director of Performance and Improvement for Prisons and Probation. Jonathan was originally a mathematician, working as an operational researcher for British Rail, before joining first Newham and then Islington Council, ending up as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Education before joining the Cabinet Office in 2001. Here he worked on public service reform for Tony Blair and civil service reform for Gus O’Donnell.