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Meet the team at Policy@Manchester.

  • Professor Diane Coyle CBE

    Diane is one of our Co-Directors, Professor of Economics at The University of Manchester, member of the Natural Capital Committee and Office for National Statistics Fellow. She was also previously Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust, advisor to HM Treasury, member of the Migration Advisory Committee and member of the Competition Commission.

  • Professor Anna Scaife

    Our Co-Director Anna Scaife is Reader in Astrophysics in the School of Physics & Astronomy, and Head of the Interferometry Centre of Excellence at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Excellence. Anna is developing and delivering our strategy to increase academic engagement in policy development in the UK and internationally. She works across all three faculties, developing bespoke models of engagement with each, helping build capacity and understanding of policy process and impact.

  • Alex Waddington

    Our Head of Communications and Engagement, Alex has been with Policy@Manchester since 2013 - helping develop it from a small pilot project to a multiple award-winning unit. Alex has significant experience in communications, marketing and public relations, gained during a 10-year career in Higher Education. A journalist by training, before coming to Manchester he worked as a Press Officer with Greater Manchester Police.

  • Alexis Darby

    Alexis is our Communications and Engagement Manager. She has several years’ experience of working in PR and Public Affairs where she devised and implemented integrated media and political engagement strategies for third sector organisations, international brands and publically listed companies. Prior to this Alexis worked for the Labour Party, an MEP and MPs in the House of Commons.

  • Craig Whittall

    Craig joined the team as a Communications and Engagement Officer from the Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors, having worked for three MPs, project-managed for the Local Government Association and worked for the Department for Work and Pensions. Craig is Policy@Manchester's primary contact for the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. He is also studying part-time for his PhD in Political Theory.

  • Matt Strong

    Matt joined the Policy@Manchester team as a Communications and Engagement Officer in August 2017, and is the main point of contact for the Humanities Faculty. He previously worked for two Labour MPs and the Labour Party as a campaign organiser. Matt is also studying for an MA in Political Science (Governance and Public Policy) at the University of Manchester.

  • Laura Jack

    Our Administrative Assistant, Laura, is an experienced administrator who supports the Policy@Manchester team. After starting her career in local government working with local Councillors and assisting with their casework she moved to the HE sector in 2014. Since then she has been involved in the organisation of a wide range of events, from business breakfasts to international conferences.