Gillian Hillier is a senior civil servant in the Department for Education, having spent her career in various education-related roles in central and local government.

After under- and postgraduate degrees in politics, Gillian started her career working in the High Court but soon changed direction to join an education non-departmental public body.  Since then, she has worked as the Education Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister in the No.  10 Policy Unit and on a range of policy areas within DfE including leading on radical reforms to the school workforce, culminating in the school workforce agreement of 2003, overseeing the largest programme of school building since the second world war, and heading up significant programmes of reform in youth policy, children’s services and school improvement.

Since 2017, Gillian has been Director of Careers and Further Education and in the same year, she was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to education. 

Gillian has two children (twins) in the National Youth Girls’ and Boys’ Choirs.  She was appointed a Trustee of NYCGB in 2020.