Initially a primary teacher Hilary Emery, CBE, did her PhD on assessment in primary schools, worked on national assessment policy and led teacher education at the University of Worcester.

She was an Education Adviser, then Chief Adviser for Children’s services for the Department for Education, going on to lead the London Centre for Leadership at the Institute of Education, implementation of Every Child Matters at the Training and Development Agency for Schools and then CEO of the National Children’s Bureau where she focused on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff in schools

She works as the Knowledge Exchange Lead on the Excluded Lives research team, as chair of governors of a large Oxfordshire primary school, chair of trustees for Family Links, the Centre for Emotional Health, and as an independent member on public appointments for the Home Office. She was awarded a CBE for services to children and young people in 2018.

Recent Publications
  • Excluded Lives team: Daniels, H., Thompson,I., Porter,J., Tawell, A., Emery, H. (2020) published:
    Getting the balance right – a summary of our recommendations to government,
    Restoring the balance – the evidence background to the recommendations,
     Seeking a balance – feedback from the ‘Policy Conversations’
  • Daniels, H., Thompson,I., Porter,J., Tawell, A., Emery, H. (2020) School exclusion risks after COVID-19. University of Oxford, England.
  • Emery, H., Stirling, S., (2016) A whole school framework for emotional well being and mental health: A self-assessment and improvement tool for school leaders and Supporting resources for school leaders, National Children’s Bureau, London.