Martha Hampson

Head of Children's Social Care
Martha leads our portfolio of work in children's social care, supporting our clients to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

Martha is currently part of the team supporting the DfE's Children's Social Care Innovation Programme, helping and challenging projects across the country to deliver projects with the potential to transform the children's social care sector. In addition, she is working with Derbyshire County Council to prototype a family support hub as part of its Thriving Communities programme, and is part of our team supporting Bloomberg Philanthropies' European Mayors Challenge. Previous projects include supporting York City Council to redesign the support package for foster carers; working alongside children’s centres in Birmingham to design family support services; and ethnographic research with families on the Pembury Estate in Hackney for Peabody Trust. 

Martha has expertise in innovation across public services, having worked on projects in health and social care, education, complex families and probation services. Her experience in health includes Rethink Community Care, working with a coalition of care agencies in Toronto to rethink support for seniors; and supporting NHS Redbridge to co-design patient data to improve the care of those with COPD. She was also part of the learning team on People Powered Health, a two year programme co-delivered with Nesta on scaling co-productive services for people with long-term health conditions. She co-authored six People Powered Health publications and was lead author on By Us, For Us, a paper on co-designing health services, and Redefining Consultations on the relationship between patient and doctor.

Martha's experience in education innovation includes two years as part of our Global Education Leaders' Programme (GELP). She was a co-author of the GELP book, Redesigning Education, in addition to publications on 21st century school design.

Her service design experience includes helping the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. to build its innovation capacity through the redesign of its dinosaur hall, and acting as a team coach for our work with mental health charity Mind to embed service design practice in its local organisations.

Before joining us Martha was Communications and Policy Officer at Policy Network, working on its Social Democracy Observatory website. She was previously Editorial Assistant at a magazine covering international pensions, healthcare and employee benefits, and an intern at Demos and Progress. She has an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the LSE, with a dissertation on the effect of NHS clinical culture on organ donation rates.