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John Cope

Director of Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs - UCAS

John has worked in politics, communications, and policy over the last decade and is currently executive director of strategy, policy, and public affairs at UCAS – the charity that connects people to their next step, whether that’s university, college, or an apprenticeship. Alongside this, John is a board member of a government body, the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education, and is an elected local councillor, currently serving as leader of the opposition.

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, and served as an adviser to three former education ministers. Outside of work, John is non-executive director of the Activate Learning group of colleges and schools, and is also a governor of a special needs secondary school and sixth form.