Professor John Annette
John Annette is the President of Richmond, the American University in London. Previously he was the Professor of Citizenship and Lifelong Learning and Pro Vice Master for Lifelong Learning and Engagement at Birkbeck, University of London. He has researched and published in the areas of citizenship education in schools and for lifelong learning, community based learning and community partnerships in higher education, and on community leadership and involvement in community development and local governance. He has been active in working in partnership with local communities in north London and facilitating capacity building for community involvement for many years. He is an advisor to the Department for Education and Skills on youth volunteering, also the Civil Renewal Unit of the Home Office on capacity building for citizenship and community development. He is on the Executive of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) and Chair of the 'Higher Education Community Partnership' national network.He is an advisor to the Department for Children, Families and Schools on youth volunteering and citizenship education and a trustee of Student Volunteering England.
John is a board member of CITIZED and also advises the QCA. He has been involved in the recent IPPR commission on public involvement in the public services. He is an adviser to the London Civic Forum, which supports the new Greater London Authority and the Mayor, and he chaired the Steering Group of the 'Active Learning for Active Citizenship' national programme of the Civil Renewal Unit of the Home Office which is now part of the Department for Communities and Local government. He is on the steering committee of the London Empowerment Network which is the London network of the National Empowerment Network, which is supported by the DCLG. He was a member of the national Commission on the Future of Volunteering, chaired by Dame Julia Neuberger.