Philippa Cordingley is the Chief Executive of CUREE and an internationally acknowledged expert in using evidence to develop education policy and practice. She leads CUREE and has a hands on role in many of its projects including the development of the evidence based National Framework for Mentoring and Coaching; the creation of innovative practical resources to engage practitioners with research (e.g. Research for Teachers, The Research Informed Practice (TRIPs) web site and of a bank of micro enquiry tools for the Economic and Social Research Council’s Teaching and Learning Research Programme and for the General Teaching Council. She also leads CUREE’s research and evaluation projects ranging from a three year large scale, multi disciplinary evaluation of the implementation of the National Curriculum to the evaluation of in school development projects. She has particularly enjoyed designing and leading CUREE’s innovative and rigorous, yet user friendly, approach to evaluation that has proved very successful in the creativity and education field through, for example, CUREE’s work for the National Gallery, the Sage Gateshead and Sing Up. She is the founder and professional adviser to the National Teacher Research Panel, chair of the EPPI Centre Impact of CPD Review Group, an Honorary Fellow of the College for Teachers and a member of the Steering Groups of several HE research centres/projects. She also leads CUREE’s strategic partnership with the Nuffield Foundation.