Rose Dowling


Rose Dowling leads the SHM Foundation’s work on Learning & Citizenship in the UK. Rose is passionate about working with young adults from all walks of life to give them a stronger voice in the future of our society. The portfolio of projects she leads for the Foundation all aim to activate young people as citizens, political contributors and future leaders. Rose’s core expertise lies in helping young people and decision-makers to work together effectively to create sustainable changes in policy, commissioning, and practice. She has applied these skills within a range of fields including education, policing and crime, and democracy.

Before her time at the SHM Foundation, Rose pioneered work with young people as leaders of educational change, setting up the influential Learner Forum for Edge (a foundation that aims to raise the status of practical and vocational learning), as well as national consultation groups for the Learning and Skills Council. She has carried out evaluation and consultancy for a wide range of public, private and voluntary organisations, including the Electoral Commission, End Child Poverty (a coalition of children’s voluntary-sector organisations), the National Youth Orchestra, the Equality and Diversity forum, the General Medical Council, and the Commission for Racial Equality. She has also worked as a parliamentary researcher at the Human Rights Act Research Unit.

Rose has a BA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of Sheffield, and a Master of Studies in Modern American History from St Antony’s College, Oxford.



About us

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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