Tom is a former Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills in the London Borough of Brent.
He served as a Councillor in the borough from 2018 to 2022. He is an academic specialising in the measurement of job quality and worklessness and teaches on the Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he is also studying for an ESRC-funded PhD in Social Policy.
Prior to this, he had a ten-year career in public policymaking and public affairs – working in Parliament for a number of Labour MPs, and latterly in consulting. Amongst other things, he was part of the successful Parliamentary campaign to force the government to commission a public inquiry into the infected blood scandal in July 2017. He has written reports on topics ranging from air pollution to local government structures and infected blood support schemes, and continues to write widely on social policy issues.
Manuela is a solicitor.
Since 2012 she has worked as a chair of Fitness to Practise Hearings for a number of professional regulators, currently including Social Work England and the General Pharmaceutical Council.
Prior to this she was a broadcast journalist at the BBC making current affairs programmes including at Panorama, Newsnight and the foreign affairs strand Correspondent.
Koula Ioannou works in the local community in Camden.
She is Manager of the Kosmos Centre (previously known as the Camden Cypriot Women’s Organisation) and has extensive experience of working with women and families from a range of ethnic backgrounds. He is currently Treasurer of the Law Centre.