Nick Bent

CEO , upReach

Nick Bent became the CEO of upReach, the leading UK social mobility charity, in January 2023. Prior to this role, he was Co-Founder and CEO of The Tutor Trust, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021 and which is a key delivery partner of the National Tutoring Programme. The Tutor Trust is an official 'Promising Project' of the Education Endowment Foundation and a portfolio charity of Impetus. Nick has been involved with a number of educational and youth work charities for over twenty-five years. He is a Director and Trustee of the academies charity Oasis Community Learning and was previously Chair of Governors at the Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in Salford. During 2017, Nick was a Clore Social Leadership Fellow. An Associate of the think tank Demos, Nick spent seven years working in Westminster and Whitehall, including four years as a Special Adviser to Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, during the last Labour Government. He has also served as Director of the think tank Policy Network. In July 2020, Nick received his first public appointment, as a member of the Advisory Board for the Children's Commissioner for England. He also served as a lay member of the General Assembly of the University of Manchester from 2011 to 2019. Nick lives in Cheshire in North West England and is a graduate of the universities of Oxford (law) and Harvard (public policy).