Better democracy, everywhere

The Democratic Society (Demsoc) works for more and better democracy, where people and institutions have the desire, opportunity and confidence to participate together.

We work to create opportunities for people to become involved in the decisions that affect their lives and for them to have the skills to do this effectively. We support governments, parliaments and any organisation that wants to involve citizens in decision making to be transparent, open and welcoming of participation. We actively support spaces, places and processes to make this happen.

We achieve our aims by:

  • Promoting a culture of openness and participation in public services.
  • Delivering practical, empowering participatory projects, products and services that enhance and support collaboration between citizens and public services.
  • Advocating for new and innovative methods of participation, the culture change that organisations need to make this happen and the skills citizens need to become active participants.
  • Promoting an evidence-based approach that demonstrates good practice, effective use and clear, strategic benefits.
  • Producing and publishing resources that support learning and effective participation.
  • Providing sectoral and thought leadership around democracy, democratic strengthening and effective participation.

With offices in Brighton, Brussels, Edinburgh and Manchester, our work is undertaken by a talented and experienced team who are passionate about democracy and finding ways to make it work better.

Managing Partners

Dr Andy Williamson
Governor & Managing Partner
Anthony Zacharzewski
Governor & Managing Partner

Senior Partners

Michelle Brook
Managing Director (UK)
Millicent Scott Brooks
Senior Partner
Noah Curthoys
Senior Partner


Alistair Stoddart
Scotland Network Manager
Francesca Attolino
Italia Network Lead
Beth Wiltshire
Democratic Engagement Officer
Cyndee Mitchell
Office Manager & Project Support
Kelly McBride
European Network Manager
Leah Lockhart
Digital Democratic Engagement
Mat Basford
Democratic Engagement Officer
Niamh Webster
Democratic Engagement Officer


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Our Board of Governors set the direction for the organisation and oversee what we do.

Dr Andy Williamson
Governor & Managing Partner
Anthony Zacharzewski
Governor & Managing Partner
Dr Catherine Howe
Christina Dykes
Liz Owen
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