The Policy Working Group is comprised of individuals and organisations committed to shaping policy around big social issues. The group will work alongside the Commissioners to review the emerging evidence, inform emerging hypotheses and suggest policy positions.

Marion Gibbs CBE, Headmistress, James Allen's Girls' School


Formerly an HMI (Schools), Marion is Headmistress of James Allen’s Girls’ School, a position she has held since 1994. 

During her career, Marion has taught in state and independent schools as well as adult education institutions and prisons.  

Marion is state-educated and is passionate about about collaboration between the state and independent sectors, the sharing of school resources with the wider community and community action. She is currently involved in a major project focused on creating a Community Music Centre in South London and was awarded a CBE in June 2012 for services to education and partnership work. 

Marion has been Co-Director of Southwark Schools’ Learning Partnership since 2003. She is also a Trustee of Arvon Foundation, a regular education columnist and a published author.