Conor leads on the Trust’s communications, policy and research work. Conor was senior education adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 2005-2007 and was David Blunkett’s special adviser from 1993-2001, covering education policy and media relations in government and opposition. Conor is a trustee of the National Foundation for Educational Research and a director of a multi-academy trust. In 2015-16, he was a member of the Scottish Commission on Widening Access.
Before joining the Trust, Conor was an independent writer and consultant, working with many education organisations, writing for many national newspapers and advising senior education figures.