Michelle is Managing Director of Demsoc UK and leads our Manchester office.

Michelle brings a strong interest in digital and open data, and explores how these intersect with democracy by asking how we can enable greater civic participation, ensure a more effective government accountability and how governments can share information and data with their citizens. She originally trained as a scientist, subsequently working in science policy, increasing conversations between academics and policy-makers to develop better policy, then choosing to focus amplifying citizens’ voices and involvement more broadly.

She has recently completed a research project for the UK’s Government Digital Service, providing recommendations on how the experience of consultations can be improved, and a project to understand the implications of and that potential for open government within the institutions of the European Union.