Tom Symons

  • Innovating for a fairer start

    12 May 2021

    Early years and education is one of Nesta’s three focus areas for the next decade. Tom Symons outlines how they are partnering with three councils for trial discovery projects to improve school readiness levels.

  • Helping councils defuse the early years ticking time bomb

    16 November 2020

    Nesta has launched a new programme of Early Years Innovation Partnership, and is seeking councils to radically reimagine the way support is given, says Tom Symons.

  • Using data to respond to COVID-19

    08 April 2020

    Tom Symons and Juan Mateos-Garcia of Nesta examine how local government can make use of data to support its own response to the COVID-19 emergency, and see three significant areas where data can be useful.

  • Data analysis is no croaking matter

    18 January 2017

    Data has sprung up the local government agenda in recent years. Tom Symons says it will take more than just good analytics if councils are going to create genuine social impact

  • Transports of delight

    09 November 2011

    Councils really need a more radical debate about how far they can go to transform transport services, say Tom Symons and Gary Mills.