Tom Bentley is a writer and policy adviser based in Melbourne. He is Principal Adviser to the Vice Chancellor at RMIT University and a Policy Analyst at Melbourne University's Graduate School of Education. He is also an adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. From 2007–13 he was senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to Julia Gillard. From 1999–2006 he was director of Demos, an independent think tank based in London.