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.
Alexis is our Communications and Engagement Manager (currently on maternity leave). 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.
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 joined the team as Communications and Engagement Officer after completing an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. During her master’s degree she researched women’s political history and studied the gendered impacts of Canadian policies. Terri is our primary contact for the Faculty of Humanities.
Craig joined the team as a Communications and Engagement Officer 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 is nearing completion of 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. Maddie is currently on maternity leave.
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.
Callum is our Communications and Engagement Assistant, providing support to the Faculty officers and the wider team. 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.