Shailen works as a Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management based in the Institute of Local Government (INLOGOV), University of Birmingham. He is also a PhD student in Education at the University of Oxford where he is a Senior Hulme Scholar at Brasenose College. Shailen is a member of BELMAS and sits on the board of the SAGE journal, Management in Education.
Shailen has worked for many years in children and young people services for local authorities, charities and also his own social enterprise. He tries to create educational programmes and environments which nurture the whole person and build self-esteem.