Naomi was formerly Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force at the Cabinet Office. There she was responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of the Socially Excluded Adults Public Service Agreement and other cross-Government projects designed to ensure that departments work together to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged members of our society.
Naomi is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and has a long history of working in social policy, mainly children’s services. Having gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Credential in Early Childhood Education from the University of California, she came to Britain in 1974, and worked in nurseries in Edinburgh and then Milton Keynes.
Naomi joined the civil service in 1999 as the first Director of the Sure Start Programme. This grew into a portfolio including the Government’s policy and delivery on services for young children, extended schools and parenting.
In 2002 Naomi was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Open University for services to families and children and was awarded a CB in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List.
From 2015-2017 Naomi was independent advisor on poverty to the First Minister of Scotland. She is currently deputy chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission for Scotland.
Naomi joined the Trust in January 2010.