Senior Programme Manager

Lydia Ragoonanan


Innovation Lab

Join Date

October 2013

What I do

Lydia is a Senior Programme Manager within Nesta's Innovation Lab.  She develops and manages a range of practical innovation programmes.
She is currently working on a range of social action funds, that explore how social action can best address some of the UK's largest challenges alongside professional and other skilled service provision. 
Lydia's previous work at Nesta includes managing Rethinking Parks and Cities of Service UK programmes and being a coach within the People Powered Results health team.


Before joining Nesta, Lydia was Principal Strategist for the New Zealand Transport Agency. Other roles throughout her career include Internal Auditor for the former airport operator BAA, Private Secretary at the Department for Education and Skills in UK, Manager of the Leaders' Office in a local authority and Senior Policy Analyst in the Schools Funding team at the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.
Lydia is a keen cook, occasional runner, lover of the great outdoors, parent Governor and devoted Mum to her daughter, Oona.
Our parks are more important than ever. As the Select Committee Inquiry into Public Parks commences, I argue we need to go further than preventing them from being sold. Parks also need to have stable funding, and the support and skills to adapt.
Lydia Ragoonanan
Friday, 30 September 2016
Volunteering is good for us, and when done well it makes a measurable difference to other people’s lives too. So how can we help people who are 50 and over make social action a regular habit? The Join In, Stay In fund aims to find out.
Lydia Ragoonanan
Thursday, 22 September 2016