About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Website: www.swindon.gov.uk

Started: 1997 

Based: Swindon

Since Gavin Jones joined in 2004, he has led the council's attempt to embed co-production into its work. 

The focus of these efforts has been the Life programme, which brings together a multidisciplinary team of 10 professionals, seconded from housing, police, Connexions, the NHS, children's and adult services. The team works intensively with at-risk and vulnerable families to turn their lives around over a two-year period.

Gavin is a trustee of the Prospect Hospice and Chairman of Forward Swindon, a regeneration and inward investment company. He is a board member of the New Local Government Network.