Currently based in Brighton, Mel first got her passion for public sector whilst working at a Citizens Advice Bureaux and seeing the real impact that social policy decisions had on people’s lives. Since then she has worked across the public sector providing expertise on all forms of evidence based decision making.

Examples of the varied areas of work that Mel has undertaken include the creation of a Customer Insight Team at West Sussex County Council, the establishment of the Sussex Research Engagement Network, and leadership development for Councillors. She has piloted and tested different approaches to coproduction within local communities in Coventry and carried out system analysis for Suffolk County Council and Nottingham City.

In addition to her work with Demsoc, Mel is currently working with a reform prison trust to improve their use of data as well as supporting a County Council with their transformation of children’s services.