Naomi was the first Director of the Sure Start Unit, which she ran for seven years.  After Sure Start, Naomi spent three years as the Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force working across government to identify and tackle policy barriers that increase the likelihood of exclusion, and to design new policies to reduce the exclusion faced by some of the most disadvantaged individuals, families, and groups. Naomi retired from the UK civil service and is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Departments of Education and Social Policy, University of Oxford. Naomi was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Open University in 2002, and the CB in 2005.

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