Anna Coote

Associate Director, Social Policy
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Team: Social Policy

Anna is Head of Social Policy, leading work on developing a new social settlement to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  This aims to promote well-being for all and sustainable social justice. It includes practical work on: moving investment and action upstream to prevent harm; changing the way we use and value time; building a fair, sufficient and sustainable social security system; transforming public services by developing co-production as the standard way of getting things done; and safeguarding the interests of future generations.  Her recent publications for NEF include The Prevention Papers, The Wisdom of Prevention, The Big Society and the New Austerity and 21 Hours.  

A leading analyst, writer and advocate in the field of social policy, Anna was responsible for ground-breaking work on health and sustainable development as Commissioner for Health with the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-9). She led the Healthcare Commission’s work on engaging patients and the public (2005-8) and was Director of Health Policy at the King's Fund (1998-2004). Earlier posts include Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of ippr (Institute for Public Policy Research) from 1989-1998, Editor and Producer of current affairs television for Diverse Productions (1982-6), Deputy Editor of the New Statesman (1978-82). Anna has written widely on social policy, sustainable development, public health policy, public involvement and democratic dialogue, gender and equality.

Blog post // May 3, 2016

Stop problems before they need solving

How to kick start local early action More

Publication // November 16, 2015

Local early action: how to make it happen

Report from the Southwark and Lambeth Early Action Commission


Blog post // November 16, 2015

What can Southwark and Lambeth teach us about early action?

Preventative services hold the key to improving local lives More