Octavia has a lead role in EIF’s early childhood work, including the Early Years Transformation Academy and support for local partners on children’s language and communication. Before joining EIF, she worked across central government and the charitable sector in delivery, policy and campaigning roles. Octavia was director of The Communication Trust (a consortium working to support children and young people’s speech, language and communication) and spent four years as the chief executive of Coram’s Fields, a children and young people's charity. She is currently the vice-chair of a primary school governing body.
Octavia spent the first 10 years of her career in central government, in a range of delivery and policy roles for the Department of Children, Schools and Families.