Lucy Heady CEO

Lucy Heady, CEO

Lucy Heady CEO


Before becoming ESSA's CEO in 2020, Lucy was the Knowledge and Research Director for ESSA from 2019.  

Lucy brings nearly fifteen years of experience in generating and using evidence to improve education, both in the UK and internationally. Most recently she has worked at Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, as the Impact Director and at the Children's Investment Fund Foundation leading on assessment of evidence and managing evaluations for the education portfolio. 

She also serves on the International Board of Trustees of Sabre Education, a UK-based non-governmental organisation dedicated to expanding access to high-quality early childhood education in Ghana and the Global South.

Lucy holds an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge. 


Lucy Heady
Lucy Heady CEO