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Lesley Giles

director, work foundation

Lesley is currently Director at the Work Foundation, which is a leading provider of analysis, evaluation, policy advice and know-how in the UK around workplace innovation and the world of work. In this role she leads a work programme seeking to champion Good Work and to improve policy and business practices to drive better outcomes for individuals and businesses and inclusive growth.

Prior to this, Lesley was Deputy Director and Company Secretary at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, where she provided guidance on skills and employment issues to Industry and Government, with a particular focus on supporting business-led action and innovation. In addition, Lesley has worked in a variety of other roles across government undertaking skills and/or employment research and policy advice including: Acting Director for Strategy and Research (2006-08), and Head of Research (2002-06), at the Sector Skills Development Agency (an umbrella organisation, set up in 2002 to license and performance manage the Sector Skills Councils); and a senior researcher for the Department for Education and Employment, the Employment Service, and the Cabinet Office. Prior to joining the government, Lesley was a researcher for the Institute for Employment Studies, the University of Portsmouth's Business School, and the University of Central England. She is a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  She is also an independent governor at Derby University.