Stephen Evans became Chief Executive in 2016 after two years as Deputy Chief Executive, where he was responsible for Learning and Work Institutes research and development work. He joined from Working Links, a leading provider for employment and skills services, where he led on policy, strategy and business development. Prior to this, he worked for the London Development Agency as Director of Employment and Skills, commissioning programmes and leading the work of the London Skills and Employment Board; was Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation; and spent six years as Senior Policy Advisor in HM Treasury, leading on policy to cut child poverty, increase employment and boost productivity. Since joining, Stephen has helped develop the organisation's new strategic plan and further extend its reach and impact. At the London Development Agency he introduced a new approach to commissioning programmes that led to more people finding work and improved value for money by more than one third. At the Treasury, he developed a number of policy packages across learning, skills and employment, and led work on the independent Leitch Review of Skills. Across roles, he has published a range of research and policy papers. Stephen lives in London and has a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning, including completing a Masters degree while working full-time.