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 worked with academics and stakeholders on a variety of policy issues, including inequalities; mental health and wellbeing; digital literacy, access and security; and domestic abuse. 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, she has a range of parliamentary and government experience including working for MPs in Westminster and also a Senior Cabinet Minister. Maddie is our primary contact for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Callum is our Communications and Engagement Officer, covering 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.
Georgia is our Communications and Engagement Assistant. She has recently graduated from The University of Manchester with a degree in Politics and International Relations. Before joining the team, Georgia’s previous roles involved working on campaigns for various political organisations, including with the refugee and asylum seeker community in Manchester. She is interested in policy relating to gender inequality, political economy, and class.
Pooja Kishinani is our Communications and Engagement Assistant. She has recently graduated with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from The University of Manchester. Her research interests include environmental policy, urban governance and circular economies, and she is keen to explore how public policy can support the transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient and inclusive cities.