Hilary Cottam is an internationally acclaimed innovator and social entrepreneur. Hilary’s work has touched the lives of many thousands. At its heart is a simple idea, that if we start with people and their human connections we can bring about radical social change. Recent award winning work includes: new systems to support an ageing population; a prison that reduces re-offending; new approaches to chronic disease and unemployment. Hilary has advised governments, companies and third sector organisations in the UK and internationally. She was educated at Oxford, Sussex and the Open Universities. She was awarded her PhD in 1999. She currently lives and works in London.