Meet the Policy@Manchester team, and get in touch if you would like to find out more about our work. You can contact individual members of the team by clicking on the link in their profile below.
Professor Anna Scaife
Our Co-Director Anna Scaife is Professor of Radio Astronomy in the School of Physics and Astronomy, and Head of the Interferometry Centre of Excellence at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. Anna is developing and delivering our strategy to increase academic engagement in policy development in the UK and internationally.
Professor Francesca Gains
Our Co-Director, Francesca Gains, is Professor of Public Policy. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Policy, Local Government Studies and the International Review of Administrative Sciences. Her research explores the relationship between political management arrangements and policy outcomes.
Tanya Graham is Head of Communications and Engagement. She has a strong background of communications in the political arena, including as a Communications Manager for an MP. She has initiated and led campaigns involving multiple stakeholders to effect positive change within communities.
Dr Chris Peters
Chris is our Communications and Engagement Manager. He joined the team from the charity Sense about Science where he campaigned for libel reform, clinical trial transparency, evidence-based policymaking and coordinated the international John Maddox Prize.
Maydul is our Research Data Analyst. He has several years’ experience of working in analytics in roles such as Associate Lecturer in Technology, Market Intelligence, and NHS research. Maydul is interested in using research and data to inform policy.
Terri is our Civic Engagement Manager. She has several years of experience as our previous primary contact for the Faculty of Humanities, during which she worked on a variety of projects with multiple academics and stakeholders. Terri holds an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and she is interested in intersectional inequalities.
Dr Craig Whittall
Craig is our Senior Communications and Engagement Officer. He joined from the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors, having worked for three MPs, project-managed for the Local Government Association and worked for the Department for Work and Pensions. Craig is our primary contact for the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, and has recently completed his PhD in political theory.
Maddie is our Communications and Engagement Officer (currently on maternity leave). She has a range of parliamentary and government experience including working for MPs in Westminster and also in the Ministerial Office of a Senior Cabinet Minister. Maddie is our primary contact for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Callum is our Communications and Engagement Officer (maternity cover), and the primary contact for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He studied Genetics at the University, before doing a Masters in Science Communication, graduating in 2019. Before joining the Policy@Manchester team, Callum also worked with the News and Media Relations team, and has a keen interest in science outreach and communication.
Megan Lawless is our Communications and Engagement Officer and main contact for the Faculty of Humanities. Before joining the Policy@Manchester team, her previous role involved working on campaigns encouraging Greater Manchester businesses to engage with local and national policy issues. Megan is interested in policy relating to circular economies, sustainable cities, infrastructure, and the intersection of people, technology and digital innovation.
Our Events and Projects Co-ordinator, 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.
Carringtone is a Masters of Philosophy student at The University of Manchester studying science policy, with a focus on big data analytics. He is currently looking at Twitter data to study the public perception of devolved health systems during the pandemic. He is also looking at other scientometric and econometric data to study the impact of materials science research and devolution.
Anand is a Communications and Engagement Assistant. He studied Chemistry at The University of Manchester, researching graphene technologies and graduating with a Masters in 2020. He joined Policy@Manchester from a Communications role in the creative industries, and has a keen interest on the intersection of science innovation and sustainability.
Iulia is our Q-Step Summer Intern looking at climate issues. She is currently in her second year studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Manchester and has a keen interest in policymaking and data analysis. During term time, she is involved in academic debate and Peer Support through various roles.
Amel is our Q-Step Summer Intern who will be exploring health inequalities. She is currently in her second year studying Politics at the University of Manchester, and has a keen interest in policymaking, development politics, and data analysis. During term time, she is involved in various extracurriculars such as academic debate and Model United Nations.