About us Meet the team Office Nick Bent Nick has been involved with a number of educational and youth work charities for twenty years. He is a Director of the academies charity Oasis Community Learning and was previously Chair of Governors at the Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in Salford. During 2017, Nick was a Clore Social Leadership Fellow. An Associate of the think tank Demos, Nick spent seven years working in Westminster and Whitehall, including four years as a Special Adviser to Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP during the last Labour Government. He has also served as Director of the think tank Policy Network. From September 1st 2014, Nick has been appointed to serve a second three-year term as a lay member of the General Assembly of the University of Manchester. Nick is a graduate of the universities of Oxford (law) and Harvard (public policy).