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Fuel for Innovation understands what it takes to innovate in complex, public service organisations. Our knowledge is based on the reality of how innovation actually happens.


Our ambition is to transform the very fabric of public services in the UK by liberating the latent talent of in-house social entrepreneurs, fundamentally altering organisational DNA.

What we do…


At a time of stringent public service cutbacks, innovation is not a bolt-on extra but an essential business driver. More has to be achieved for less, without damaging front line services.


Fuel for Innovation offers a route map that helps public service leaders navigate between the logic of day-to-day, operational management and the logic of innovation.


We take a whole systems approach. Our theory of innovation is coherent and has emerged from an in-depth understanding of the complex, contextual mix of activities and events that produce ideas for change that work.


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Innovation for Economic Transformation

Women are still poorer than men, despite decades of policy interventions by governments and organisations across sectors. Popular wisdom tells us that major causes of the gender pay gap are discrimination in the workplace and occupational segregation.  These factors exist but we know now that even if we solved these problems, the impact on the gender pay gap would be minimal.


Older women and Inequality


Fuel for Innovation wants to shift today’s legacy assumptions about equality, diversity and inclusion into a fundamentally different conceptual landscape. By applying user-led innovation methods to the serious problem of widening inequalities for women, we will create new knowledge that transforms the EDI ecosystem.



Ann Porter and Anne Rendall met four years ago when
they co-founded the feminist charity Feisty Women. Independently and jointly, across their working lives, they have never let sectoral boundaries or work roles get in the way of their vision to build a more equal and just society. Now, through Fuel for Innovation, they want to solve one of society’s most pressing dilemmas exposed by the work of Feisty Women-‘Why are women poorer than men?’



‘Ann Porter has entrepreneurial spirit combined with sound, practical common sense.’


Professor Davinder Sandhu, Dean Director,
Severn Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education

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