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Sir Christopher Ball

Strategic Adviser, Former Chairman

Former Chairman of WAVE Trust, and author of Start Right: the Importance of Early Learning (RSA, 1994) Sir Christopher Ball, was previously warden of Keble College, Oxford, and Chancellor of the University of Derby.

Believing in the overarching importance of the early years of life, Sir Christopher took on the chairmanship of WAVE in 2003, where he remained until 2006, guiding us through the crucial process of producing the seminal report Violence and what to do about it.

Sir Christopher’s educational work has placed great importance on the benefits of society giving enough attention, and resource, to the developmental needs of under 5s. As government adviser on education policy to Prime Minister John Major he drew attention to the importance of early learning. The late Norman Glass, the senior Treasury Civil Servant credited by Sure Start management with having created their groundbreaking early childhood programme, stated that it was Sir Christopher's writings on this subject which inspired him to propose the Sure Start programme.