Professor James Tooley, PhD, is Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham, where he is also professor of educational entrepreneurship. Before this, for two decades he was professor of education policy at Newcastle University, where he was a leader in the School of Education. During those two decades, he also created chains of low-cost private schools in developing countries, and an embryonic chain in the north east of England. He was previously an academic at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester and a researcher at the National Foundation for Educational Research.
His groundbreaking research on low-cost private education has won numerous awards; including gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition, a Templeton Prize for Free Market Solutions to Poverty, and the National Free Enterprise Award from the Institute of Economic Affairs, London.