Polly is the Chief Executive of Demos.
Polly started her career as a business journalist. In 2004 she became a Policy Adviser on housing and local government for Edward Davey MP. She then worked for Nick Clegg from 2006 to 2015, helping to write the 2010 Coalition Agreement, and serving as Director of Policy to the Deputy Prime Minister from 2010-15.
After leaving Government, Polly established the operations of the Women’s Equality Party, and then went on to found the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, a charity working to break the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems. She lives in South East London, and has three children.more
Alex is director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media. He has authored more than a dozen major reports on digital election integrity, content moderation practices, digital regulation and the intersection between tech and politics. He leads the centre’s visual analytics practice, and provides written and televised comment for the BBC, CNN, Wired, the Spectator and other outlets.
He leads Demos’s effort in the Good Web Project, a coalition of civil society organisations working to articulate, measure and advocate for an Internet governed on open, liberal and democratic principles. His focus is on building an evidence base, both for what good practice looks like in the architecture and practices of future online spaces, and of public and government consensus around that future.more
Heather is the Director of Operations at Demos, and is on maternity leave until late 2022.
Heather has worked in research, policy and senior leadership roles including for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the LGBT Foundation. She is interested in living standards, participation and equality. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Warwick, and a post graduate certificate in voluntary sector management.
Heather is a trustee for the charity Partners of Prisoners. She lives in Manchester.more
Carl is the Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos.
He is interested in how social media is changing society, and how researching it can inform important decisions. This includes:
He researches and writes widely on these issues, including for Wired, New Scientist, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London.
His first book is The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab. An examination of the new centres of power and control in the twenty-first century, it was published by Penguin RandomHouse in August 2018.
Carl’s website is www.carlmiller.co
And he Tweets @carljackmillermore
Josh is a a software developer and researcher, with a particular interest in the application of natural language processing to social research. He has worked on a wide range of technologies, from hardware to web design, most recently holding a position at IBM as a Python developer and systems administrator.
He has a BSc in Philosophy and Mathematics from the University of Warwick.more
Ben is the Acting Head of Research at Demos.
His current research interests include public service reform and levelling up.
Ben has published more than a dozen reports on a wide-range of economic and social policy areas.
Prior to joining Demos, he worked as a policy advisor on the civil service fast stream and in Parliament for an MP.more
Elle is the Operations Manager at Demos. She has previously worked in policy, research and advocacy, including for the Institute of Development Studies and the International Centre for Tax and Development, as well as working on fundraising and projects for various non-profit organisations. Most recently she has been managing strategy and operations for NGOs in Indigenous communities in Central America.
She is particularly interested in strengthening relations between civil society and policymakers. Elle has a degree in Philosophy and Political Economy from the University of Exeter and an MA in Governance, Development and Public Policy from the Institute of Development Studies.more
Kate is a Lead Researcher at Demos. Her research interests include political participation, the welfare state and inequality.
Ellen is a lead researcher at CASM, the digital research hub at Demos, where her work focuses on rights online and information environments.
She has worked on projects including investigating state-aligned gendered disinformation, the tactics of information operations, public attitudes to and experiences of technology, and protecting privacy and anonymity online. She leads CASM’s engagement with civil society on the UK Online Harms proposals.
Prior to joining Demos, she worked in campaigns for civilian protection in conflict zones, and in research and policy on mass atrocity prevention.
She holds an MA from UCL in Legal and Political Theory and a BA from the University of Cambridge in Philosophymore
Akshaya is a Junior Developer at Demos and loves to design, build, and bring her creative vision to life through technology. Prior to Demos, she started her career as a Personal Trainer at Nuffield Health Gym, before deciding to switch to coding and programming. While building cool software is her primary job function, Akshaya also enjoys dabbling in various sports and watching crime documentaries.more
Ciaran is a researcher at Demos interested in deliberative democracy and the future of the web. Previously, he worked in investigative journalism and campaigning. Alongside this, he has documented the work of people facilitating philosophical discussion outside of academia at his site, The Public Life of the Mind. He holds an MSc from LSE in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences and a BA from UCL in Philosophy.more
Andrew is a Research Trainee at Demos, working on a range of topics including climate change and public services. His interests include citizen engagement, democratic innovation and long-term policymaking in government.
Prior to joining Demos, Andrew was a Research Assistant in the public services team at the Institute for Government. While at the Institute he worked on a project analysing devolved public services, focusing on comparative health care policy and performance in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. He has also worked as a researcher at a think tank in Cambridge, and as a tutor in ancient languages.
Andrew holds a BA in Classics from the University of Oxford.more
Amelia is a Research Trainee at Demos.
Before joining Demos, Amelia was Research Associate at the Adam Smith Institute, where she often wrote about feminist issues including sperm donation and CBD tampons. She later worked for a smaller Westminster-based think tank, The Entrepreneurs Network, where she researched and co-authored a paper on immigration and start-ups. Amelia has also worked as an English language teacher and a camp counsellor, and was Comment Editor at Cherwell, a student newspaper.
She holds a BA in French and Portuguese from the University of Oxford.more
Alice is a Research and Policy Trainee at Demos.
Previously, Alice was an intern with the Community Resilience Project at the British Red Cross where she used participatory approaches to enable communities in London to better cope in times of crisis. Additionally, she has volunteered as a social media coordinator and writer with the online political risk platform Global Risk Insights.
Her research interests include crime and policing, mental health, education, housing and community developmentmore
Courtney is a Policy and Research Trainee at Demos.
Before joining Demos, Courtney worked as a Policy and Data Analyst at the West Midlands Regional Economic Development Institute (WM REDI), where her work involved analysing the role of anchor institutions as employers in Birmingham. She has also worked as a Research Assistant for the Climate Justice and Social Policy Group, where she organised events and conducted research for one of the first efforts to comprehensively integrate climate change concerns across the discipline of social policy. She has written about various topics, including the fragmentation of poverty and ‘green’ jobs in the West Midlands.
Courtney has an LLB in Law with European Law from the University of Nottingham, a year of which was spent at Lund University, Sweden. She recently graduated with an MA in Global Public Policy (Distinction) from the University of Birmingham.more
Victoria is a Research Trainee at Demos, based within CASM. Her interests span a range of issues covering content moderation and digital labour, datafication and blockchain technologies.
Previously, she has worked in a number of educational environments.
She holds both a BA in Liberal Arts with a Major in Comparative Literature and a Minor in German and an MA in Big Data in Culture and Society from King’s College London.more
Kosta Marco Juri is a Digital Content and Production Officer at Demos, ensuring Demos’s brand is applied with consistency across various media.
Kosta holds a BA in International and Diplomatic Studies from the University of Bologna and an MSc in Political Economy of Europe from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He has also worked as a researcher and graphic designer at the Institute for Economic Democracy, a Slovenian-based NGO promoting employee ownership and workplace democracy.more
Charles leads work on levelling up, climate change and tax at Demos. His book ‘Why Capitalists need Communists: the politics of flourishing’ was published by Palgrave in 2019. He was formerly Head of the Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economics Foundation, an advisor at the UK government Sustainable Development Commission and an organisational change consultant. He co-founded Prospect magazine and has an MBA from London Business School and a BA from Oxford.more
Suzanne is a Cultural Thinker. She is the head of an eponymous cultural consultancy which combines commissioned partnerships with a cultural incubator. Her current work focuses on leadership, power, difference, and society. She is an inaugural Arts Council England Changemaker, a Fellow of the RSA, a Churchill Fellow, and the inaugural Co-Chair of What Next?. She holds an MA in Arts & Cultural Management from King’s College, London, where she is currently a visiting Research Associate and guest lecturer.
Previous to her work in the arts, Suzanne spent 25 years working across the commercial sector supporting and consulting for high profile international organisations and individuals. These include Barclaycard, Channel 4, Swatch, and Swiss Ski.more
Oliver researches and consults on the social impacts of data and tech policy. He is the founder of The Data Skills Consultancy, which aims to ensure widespread understanding and good use of data. He was previously in No10 Downing Street as a founding member of the UK Government’s Rapid Response Unit, and in the Cabinet Office as the first Teaching Fellow on the Accelerate Digital Skills programme. He also worked on EU data transfers during the Brexit negotiations for DCMS, and helped created the UK government’s new data adequacy assessment capability. He has conducted research into regulating technology as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and carried out social media analysis on political events and information warfare with CASM. He is an Honorary Research Associate of the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies, where he did his PhD on sociology of social media and also taught on numerous programmes including the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts and Sciences.more
Julie was appointed Chair of Demos in September 2018.
She is also Chair of the Young Foundation – putting people at the heart of social change – and the Federation of Industry Sector Skills and Standards. She is a Trustee of Involve, the public participation charity.
Following a career in business with Shell, TSB and British Gas, she became Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission from 1999-2005 and then a partner at PwC. From 2012-2017 Julie was Chair of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. She has served as a non-executive board member at a number of organisations including: Nesta, the national innovation body; the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Commission for Racial Equality.more
Campbell is the current CEO of Nacro, a national social justice charity with more than 50 years’ experience of changing lives, building stronger communities and reducing crime. Nacro house, educate, support, advise, and speak out for and with disadvantaged young people and adults. Before joining Nacro, he was the CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust from January 2017. There he steered the organisation through a significant change and reform programme, introducing an outcome-focused approach to change, new values and focus on working alongside those with lived experience of poverty.
Before this Campbell was the Chief Executive of Shelter for seven years. As Chief Executive, he led the organisation through one of the most challenging periods in its history. This included building a sustainable, fundable model of integrated advice and support that is helping more clients than ever before, a growth in independent income and leading the organisation’s response to some of the biggest changes to housing and welfare policy in generations.
Prior to joining Shelter, Campbell was the first Director General of the Office of the Third Sector, an adviser to The Treasury and was previously Director of Public Policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).more
Tilly McAuliffe, Trustee, is the founder of the Think Media Group, which comprises a customer publishing agency Think Publishing, a book publishing company Think Books and the travel media brand, Wanderlust. 20 years old this year, the group has enjoyed consistent independent growth and employs over 100 people in London and Glasgow.
Tilly is the recipient of the Individual Achievement Award from the Professional Publishers Association and Think itself is a three time recipient of the PPA Independent Publishing Company of the Year. Tilly is also co-owner and non-executive director of Welbeck Publishing Group (formerly Carlton Books). Outside of work, Tilly is the Chair of the Liberal Democrat Business & Entrepreneurs Network and sits on the Development Board of the National Youth Theatre. Tilly has two children and two dogs and lives in North West London. Tilly chairs the Fundraising Committee.
Dr Mohammed Aziz, has worked as a teacher, policy officer and lawyer. He was the founding CEO/Director of the Forum Against Islamophobia & Racism (2000-3), the British Muslim Research Centre (2003-5) and the Aziz Foundation (2015-18). He served as a Commissioner at the Commission for Racial Equality (2003-7) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (2005-7); and on the Commission for Equality & Human Rights Taskforce and Steering Group (2003-6) and the TUC’s Commission on Vulnerable Employment (2006-8). He was elected Chair of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) for 2007-10 and Vice-Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum for 2010-14. During this period, he was also a Director of FaithWise Ltd and a Consultant Senior Advisor to the UK Government on Race, Faith & Integration (2004-11). Dr Aziz was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (2010-12), Director of the Centre for Policy and Public Education at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge (2012-15), an Associate Member of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (2013-15); and sat on two national Honours Committees at the request of the Cabinet Office (2005-11). Between 2013-16, he set up and led the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life.more
James Wise, Trustee, is a partner at Balderton Capital, the largest early stage venture capital firm in Europe, where he invests in new technologies focussed on productivity & healthcare. He sits on the board of 8 companies, spanning sectors from genomics and cybersecurity to sustainable clothing marketplaces.
Prior to joining Balderton, James helped to launch and run one of the UK’s first social venture funds, the Social Business Trust and in 2011 he served as a Specialist Adviser to Parliament on Social Enterprise and Charity. James studied at Oxford University and Manchester Grammar School. In 2019 he was mentioned as amongst the top 100 most influential people in European technology by Business Insider. James sits on the Finance and Risk Committee.more
Ian Corfield, Trustee, is currently Chief Commercial Officer New Day, one of the largest issuers of credit cards in the UK. Prior to this Ian was at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he was CEO and a Board Director of its majority owned Aussie Home Loans subsidiary for 6 years, having previously been CEO of the Retail and then Business Bank at Bankwest. Ian chairs the Finance and Risk Committee.more
Alex Dawson works at Global Counsel, a strategic advisory firm which supports companies, investors, government agencies and civil society organisations on questions of public policy and regulation. He leads the company’s UK politics and policy practice. Before joining Global Counsel, he worked for over a decade in Westminster and Whitehall as a special adviser to Theresa May and David Cameron in Downing Street, and as the Director of Research and Policy for the Conservative Party. He regularly contributes to policy debates in the media, including in The Times, British GQ and on broadcast.more
Marcial Boo is chief executive of the UK’s Public Health Register, that regulates public health workers, and the executive chair of the Institute for Regulation, the UK’s professional body for regulators. He was previously chief executive of IPSA, the regulator of MPs, and a director at the NAO and Audit Commission. He was a senior civil servant at the Home Office and the Department of Education, leading work on crime reduction, counter-terrorism, adult basic skills, and sixth form funding. He has written a book, The Public Sector Fox, to help improve the skills of public sector managers. He is an advisor to the University of Bath’s Institute of Public Policy and the African Caribbean Education Network.more
Jamie Susskind is a barrister and the author of the award-winning bestseller Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech (Oxford University Press, 2018), which received the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize 2019, and was an Evening Standard and Prospect Book of the Year. With fellowships at Harvard and Cambridge, the Evening Standard has written that Jamie “could be one of the great public intellectual rock stars of our time.” Jamie speaks around the world about politics and technology, and appears regularly on the media.more
Professor Anand Menon is director of academic think tank The UK in a Changing
Europe. (www.ukandeu.ac.uk). He’s also professor of European Politics and Foreign
Affairs at Kings College London. He is co-author of Brexit and British Politics and co-
editor of the Oxford Handbook of the European Union.
Cat Tully is the founder of the School of International Futures (SOIF): practitioners in planning, strategy, and policy for future generations. She advises on and teaches emergent strategy, system stewardship and strategic foresight internationally, including at the UN where she sits on the UN Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda.
Prior to this, Cat was Strategy Project Director at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Senior Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.
Cat has degrees from Cambridge and Princeton Universities. She is a Trustee of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development (FDSD); a Global Board member of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP); and a member of the Advisory Board for the British Foreign Policy Group (BFPG).more
Deborah Mattinson is a Founding Director at BritainThinks, a research agency that puts the people that matter to its clients at the heart of their thinking. Through its work for businesses like McDonald’s, Lloyds Bank and LinkedIn, for charities like Shelter and Joseph Rowntree Foundation and government and local government BritainThinks, and its international arm WorldThinks provides research based strategic advice.
Before co founding Britain Thinks, she jointly ran the Chime Research and Engagement Division. She was also pollster to Gordon Brown, firstly as Chancellor of the Exchequer, then as Prime Minister. One of Britain’s leading commentators on public opinion, Deborah frequently writes and broadcasts about the mood of the nation. In 2010, she published Talking to a Brick Wall – the story of the New Labour years through the eyes of the voter. She is currently working on a book about the Red Wall.more
Geoff Mulgan CBE is Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation at University College London (UCL), starting in February 2020. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation (an endowment which grew in worth to around £450m) between 2011 and the end of 2019. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. From 2004 to 2011 he was the first Chief Executive of The Young Foundation. He was the first director of the think-tank Demos; and has been a reporter on BBC TV and radio.
He has a PhD in telecommunications and has been a visiting professor at London School of Economics (LSE), University College London (UCL) and Melbourne University, a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University and President of the Innovation Design Department at the Italian University for Design (IAAD) in Turin. He has also been a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy.
Geoff has helped found many organisations including Demos, the Young Foundation, the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), Uprising, Studio Schools Trust, Action for Happiness, the Alliance for Useful Evidence, States of Change, Learn Direct, TACSI, Maslaha and Nesta Italia. He has co-chaired a World Economic Forum group looking at innovation and entrepreneurship in the fourth industrial revolution.
He has advised many governments, foundations and companies, chairs an international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul and sits on advisory committees for the Prime Minister’s office in the United Arab Emirates, the Scottish Government and SITRA, the Finnish innovation agency. He will be a World Economic Forum Schwab Fellow from 2019-22. He has pioneered many ideas used by governments and civil society – including joined-up government, anticipatory regulation, experimentalism, social impact bonds, open innovation and creative economy strategies (these are covered in more detail in the ‘ideas’ section on this site).
Geoff’s books include ‘The Art of Public Strategy’ (Oxford University Press), ‘Good and Bad Power’ (Penguin), ‘The Locust and the Bee’ (Princeton University Press) and ‘Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world’ (Princeton University Press). His latest book – on social innovation – was published in late 2019 by Policy Press. His books have been translated into many languages including – Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Russian, Malay, Italian, Punjabi, Turkish and Greek.
Geoff has given TED talks on the future economy, happiness and education (these and others can be found in the videos section of this site).