I divide my time between freelance public policy work and my role as a mobile imaginarium, storyteller, personal trainer and life coach to my 18-month-old son Arthur.
At the moment I’m working with the UK’s neuropsychologists to ensure that those affected by brain related conditions like epilepsy, stroke and MS get the care they need for the changes they experience in identity, emotions and cognition. Doing this means keeping up to date with NHS commissioning and building a broad coalition of people who understand what neuropsychology can do.
Over the last six months I’ve also been privileged to be one of the learning partners for the cohort of frontline workers on the Point People’s System Changer programme for Lankelly Chase Foundation working. I’m excited about the insights from this work being launched in 2016 as there is so much to learn from those who work directly with people experiencing complex needs – we all need to hear the messages. I’ve also worked this year with the Cabinet Office to prototype approaches to improving the social finance market for ventures following on from a report I co-authored on behalf of the Design Council.
I’m passionate about how to use public policy, advocacy and innovation to make the world a better place. My bottom line is that you can’t improve what you don’t understand and I’ve worked at multiple levels in the system to learn what the ‘art of the possible’ really is.
I've delivered successful advocacy work leading to better pension entitlements for women, greater transparency in the EU carbon market, a £3 million programme to test social welfare schemes in sub-Saharan Africa and legal aid being protected. I've appeared live on Radio 4, Channel 4 & BBC news and given evidence to parliamentary select committees. In 2010 I founded and led an award-winning social enterprise Spots of Time which used technology to transform grassroots community volunteering with a particular focus on care homes. I’ve also created initiatives to improve the Criminal Records Bureau checks, pay welfare benefits automatically through data matching and create an online community to showcase the best artistic work with and by older people. I know what it take an idea and make it a reality.
I remain equally proud of having worked in a supermarket, as a receptionist in a young offenders centre and my time spent caring for my mum in the late stages of cancer. The greatest learning does not always come in the places you expect it to.
What interests and excites
The future shape of UK politics: what this could and should be. What are the policies that can inspire and unite people and which aren't just incremental tweaks to the status quo or a throwback to outdated dogmas? How can we rebuild accountability and engagement? I think it’s going to be messy and potentially protracted but our political system is on the brink of change and it will be for the better.
Our need for reflection in a digital world: I'm interested in how we cope with the onslaught of information and opportunity we have in modern life. How we find time for mental reflection and the space for creative thought. Where do we retreat to and how do we build time to be truly present with friends, family and our own selves. And as a parent, how might all this feel without ever having experienced not having a digital world.
And I will always have a place in my heart for music – playing and appreciating, the great outdoors, the books and art that crack open truths on who we are as people and hunting for awesome second hand bargains (the Yorkshire in me).firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-mouser-b70b6813