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Early Intervention Foundation appoints two new trustees

Press Release   •   Jun 05, 2017 09:00 BST

Press notice: for immediate release

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has appointed two new trustees to its board: Ben Lucas and Ryan Shorthouse.

Ben Lucas is a founding director and managing director of Metro Dynamics. Previously, Ben served as Chair of Public Services at the RSA, where he set up and directed the Commission on 2020 Public Services and the City Growth Commission.

Ryan Shorthouse is founder and chief executive of Bright Blue. Ryan is an expert on education and social policy and a political commentator, and has previously held research posts at the Social Market Foundation and for Rt Hon David Willetts MP.

Dame Clare Tickell, EIF chair of trustees, says:

“We are very pleased to welcome two new trustees to our team. Between them, Ben and Ryan bring a wealth of experience and insight, broadening the skills among our board members and providing new perspectives on EIF’s work and it’s potential to achieve change in the real world. We look forward to working with them both.”

Ben Lucas, EIF trustee, says:

"I am very excited by the opportunity to join EIF in its mission to support effective, evidence-based early intervention for children and families across the UK. The early intervention approach is one that is increasingly important for local authorities and services to understand and enact, and I think EIF has a vital role in helping local leaders and decision-makers to do just that."

Ryan Shorthouse, EIF trustee, says:

"I am delighted to become a trustee for the Early Intervention Foundation, an organisation I have supported since its creation. I believe the Early Intervention Foundation is of critical importance to improving the value and impact of the support and services that children at risk need to live flourishing lives."

The appointments are effective from 31 May 2017.



Mark Ballinger
Head of Communications, EIF
T: 020 3542 2481 (switchboard)


  • The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) is an independent charity that champions and supports the use of effective early intervention to improve the lives of children, young people and their families, reduce hardship and improve value for money in the long run. As a member of the What Works network, EIF is dedicated to expanding and communicating the evidence-base related to early intervention in the UK. For more information, see: