George has over twenty years of experience in research, evaluation and evidence reviews to support policymaking and practice across a range of areas including innovation, education, enterprise, social inclusion, as well as in health. In 2009, George was elected onto the Council of the UK Evaluation Society as Treasurer.
Before joining the University of Birmingham in October 2011 George was an independent evaluation consultant. Prior to which he was a Research Director at the National Foundation for Education Research (2008-2011) where he worked on a number of studies including:
- Research into methodologies used to assess the economic impact of early interventions (Local Government Association, 2011)
- International Review of the development of adult basic skills and primary author on the chapter on developing employability skills (CFBT Trust, 2010)
- Evaluation of Gaining Ground programme (DFE, completes 2012)
Research into the professional development of early career teachers (TDA, 2009).
George has significant experience of evidence based policy making having worked in central government as a Government Social Researcher for eleven years based in the Department of Trade and Industry (1997-2008) where he:
- was Assistant Director (Research and Evaluation, Enterprise Directorate) with oversight and responsibility for the design, commissioning and management of research, evaluations and evidence reviews for business support services and enterprise policies (2006-2008) and as Head of Evaluation at the Small Business Service (2002-2006);
- developed the evidence base for the simplification and redesign of government funded services for small businesses;
- co-authored evidence sections of Government Action Plans and Strategy Papers including the Action Plan for Small Business (2004) and the Enterprise Strategy (2008)
George was a Research Fellow in School Performance Indicators at the University of Wolverhampton (1994-1997) examining the links between different types of neighbourhoods in the Black Country and educational performance and taught on the MA in Practitioner Research and Consultancy aimed at mid-career professionals. George started his career as a researcher in 1993 on the Harris City Technology College Dyslexia Project evaluating computer-aided learning and polices to promote mainstreaming of support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties.