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Mrs Wendy Thomson

Wendy Thomson is professor of social policy and Director of the School of Social Work at McGill University. After a distinguished career in public services in the United Kingdom, Dr Thomson now teaches social policy and management and is associated with the Centre for Research on Children and Families, the Institute on International Development Studies, the Institute for Health and Social Policy, Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations and the McGill World Platform’s program on Social Determinants of Health. She advises governments on health and social services in Canada, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and serves as Director on several Boards including the “Agence de santé et service sociaux de Montréal” and the McGill University Health Centre. Amongst her research grants are studies examining social exclusion in Nunavik, and Evidence-based Management of Child Welfare (both from the SSHRC) ; access to professional education at McGill for Aboriginal people and minority language community access to health services in Quebec (both funded by Health Canada). In September 2009, she was appointed as Commissioner of the Ontario Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare, Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Formerly, Dr Thomson was United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Chief Adviser on Public Service Reform and led the Office of Public Service Reform in the Cabinet Office. From 1999 to 2001, as Director of Inspection at the Audit Commission, she set up the first inspection service of local government in England and Wales. Until 1999, she was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Newham when the Council delivered major regeneration projects and improved its service performance, gaining recognition as Council of the Year. Before joining Newham, she was Chief Executive of the national mental health charity Turning Point working with the Princess of Wales as its patron.