Programme Manager, Government Innovation
Will is a Government Innovation Programme Manager working on Nesta's social action and people-powered public services programmes.
Will leads the team's early years, children and young people work and manages the £1m Early Years Social Action Fund, helping to scale proven social action programmes that help children to achieve developmental milestones by directly supporting parents.
Before joining Nesta, Will worked at Essex County Council for four years, most recently leading their public service innovation work. His work has included using predictive analytics to identify risk earlier and better target interventions, developing a £1m Essex Challenge Prize Fund, and introducing behavioural insights to Essex. He also played a leading role in the council's system thinking agenda, where he led the development of a place-based vision for Essex, involving over 100 senior leaders across all sectors in the county.
Will previously worked for the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on energy and climate policy and developing a business case for an Australian behavioural insights team. He also has experience in academia, where he worked as a environmental policy research associate at University of Oxford for the Pro-Vice Chancellor.
He holds an M.Phil in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford and a first-class B.Sc (Liberal Arts) from University College Utrecht.
Will hails from Tasmania and loves telling anyone who will listen how much better than the rest of Australia it is.