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John Cope

Director of Strategy, Policy, and Public Affairs - UCAS

John has worked in politics, communications, and policy for the last decade and is director of strategy, policy, and public affairs at UCAS – the charity that connects people to their next step in life, whether that’s university, college, or an apprenticeship. Alongside this, John is a board member of the government’s Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education and is a local councillor on Elmbridge Borough Council.

Originally from the Midlands, before joining UCAS John was deputy director of Public First, an education consultancy and polling company, worked with business leaders across the UK as head of education & skills policy at the CBI, advised three former education ministers, and was a founding director of the Education Policy Institute. Outside of work, John is non-executive director of the Activate Learning group of colleges, trustee of the charity Achievement for All, and is a governor of a special needs secondary school.