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Clare Morley

Chief Executive
Clare Morley is the Chief Executive of Policy Connect.  
 
Before taking up this role in March 2014, Clare spent 20 years at the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).  Her AAT roles included Director of Global Development, Director of Education and Training and Director of Professional Development. Prior to working for AAT, Clare worked as an in-house training advisor for a large Australian insurance firm.
 
She holds an MA in Lifelong Learning from the Institute of Education.
 

Natasha Adade

Events & Operations Manager
Natasha joined Policy Connect in 2008 as Admin & Events Coordinator and now is Events Manager, organising the busy events program at Policy Connect. Natasha is the first point of call for events activity from start to finish and, working closely with all the Parliamentary Groups, she makes sure that each of Policy Connect's many events runs smoothly.
 
In 2010 Natasha successfully managed the Learning to Lead events program which brought together many schools from all over the country who to take part in a day’s seminar, including various workshops, at Central Hall Westminster.
 
Natasha has a background in Television production with previous roles held at UEFA Champions League and the BBC and BBC World service. 
 
Natasha Graduated from the University of Westminster and gained a BA in Contemporary Media Practices and is also a member of the Alumni from the Brit School. In her spare time she enjoys reading, putting together dinner parties, and organising various Ghanaian charity Gala Events both in the UK and Ghana.
 

Louise Young

Communications Manager

Louise joined Policy Connect in July 2015. She supports all communications and marketing activity for the group network. 

Louise has a BA Hons in English from the University of Leicester and a Chartered Institute of Marketing qualification. She is a specialist in renewables and sustainability, having worked in solar, heat pumps, wind and biomass heating marketing before joining the Policy Connect team. 

Her hobbies include cooking and baking, keeping fit and eco living.

Francesca Day

Business Development Manager

Francesca leads on developing new business streams and income generation at Policy Connect. Central to her role is working alongside our All Party Groups, forums and commissions to support their sponsorship and membership needs. Francesca has a background in external affairs and communications, having previously led external relations at the Mears Group, the Association of British Insurers and NHBC and has also worked in consultancy at the public affairs arm of DLA Piper.

Education & Skills

Jessica Bridgman

Head of Education & Skills
Jess joined the Education and Skills team at Policy Connect in June 2013 and became Head of Education and Skills in November 2014.
 
She works across the team's three groups the Higher Education Commission, Skills Commission and the All Party Group for Skills and Employment, managing projects, budgets and the strategic direction of the groups.
 
Her most recent research work was as the lead researcher for the Higher Education Commission. Jess coordinated, researched, a project on the regulation of higher education and the financial sustainability of higher education in England.
 
Prior to her work at Policy Connect, Jess worked for a political/media relations consultancy where her clients included schools, charities, and renewable energy companies. Jess started her career in the Houses of Parliament, where she spent time as a research assistant in the House of Lords and House of Commons.
 
Jess graduated from the University of Hull in 2011 with a BA(hons) in History and Politics. 
 
Outside of work, Jess enjoys cooking, running and chatting politics with her friends and family.

Simon Kelleher

Senior Researcher
Simon joined the Education and Skills team at Policy Connect in June 2013. He works primarily on Skills Commission inquiry research and as the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment (APGSE), but also provides support for the Higher Education Commission. 
 
Since starting at Policy Connect, Simon took the lead on producing the Skills Commission’s ‘Move to Improve’ report – which assessed the intervention processes in the FE system against those in the wider public sector – as well as overseeing its follow-up publication – which looked into self-improvement from the perspective of FE colleges themselves.
 
Simon is currently curating the ‘The Skills for the Real Economy’ seminar series for the APGSE and working on the Skills Commission’s latest inquiry into the changing structures of work and their implications for the skills system.
 
Prior to joining Policy Connect Simon taught Functional Skills at secondary level in the state sector, and gained research and campaigning experience at the Young Foundation and the British Humanist Association. He holds a BA in History and Politics, and a MA in Social and Political Theory from the University of East Anglia.    

Xanthe Shacklock

Senior Researcher, Education and Skills
Xanthe joined the Education and Skills team in November 2014. She works primarily on the Higher Education Commission's research inquiries, but also provides support for the work of the Skills Commission and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment.
 
Xanthe is currently scoping the Higher Education Commission's next research inquiry and managing the follow-up from the Commission's most recent report on the financial sustainability of higher education in England.
 
Prior to joining Policy Connect, Xanthe spent several years in the Australian civil service, completing a graduate scheme and subsequently working as a policy officer in the Department of Education. She also spent time interning in the Victorian Parliament while completing her degrees. Beyond education and skills, her policy interests include the environment, mental health, welfare, and women and gender equality.
 
Xanthe holds a BA in Political Science and an LLB (Hons), both from the University of Melbourne.

Energy Safety

Dominic Gillan

Manager, Energy Safety Policy
Dominic is the Manager of the Energy Safety Policy team at Policy Connect. 
 
This remit includes managing the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group and the Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum. During his time in the role, Dominic has worked on increasing the involvement of MPs from all parties with the campaigns in hand, and developing new research methods to strengthen the foundations of the work of all of the groups.
 
Dominic enjoys playing team sports in his spare time, most regularly with hockey and cricket clubs in London.

Richard Denham

Researcher & Coordinator, Energy Safety Policy

Richard’s academic background is in social science: he completed an MSc in Modern Japanese Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, in September 2014. He has worked in the public sector in both the UK and Japan, and has most recently worked as a Project Administrator in the University of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division.

As the researcher and coordinator for the Energy Safety Policy Team, he actively coordinates efforts across Parliament and the relevant stakeholder industries to work towards a reduction in carbon monoxide poisoning incidents in the UK.  

In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar and swimming. 

Health

Judith Abel

Manager, All-Party Parliamentary Health Group

Judy has worked at in the health field for a number of years, working at the British Medical Association from 2001-2009, including as the BMA’s Public Information Manager. Judy has also edited Wellbeing, the quarterly newsletter of the Anxiety Alliance, for the past five years, as she has a particular interest in health information. At the BMA Judy was an assessor in the annual Patient Information Awards run by the BMA Library.

From 2012-2014 Judy worked as Constituency Office Manager and a Senior Caseworker for the Rt. Hon. Simon Hughes, then MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, specialising in health, housing and social care casework.

Prior to working in the health field, Judy worked in market research and business, including for the Australian Trade Commission, and was also based in Brussels for two and a half years whilst working for the European Environmental Bureau.

Judy has a BSc in Geography from Bristol University and an M.Phil in European Governmental Studies from Edinburgh University.

Benedetta La Corte

Head of Health & Energy Safety

Benedetta joined Policy Connect in July 2015 as Head of Health and Energy Safety, and Manager of the CPPC.

She was previously working as Policy Advisor on specialised commissioning at the Department of Health. Prior to that, she worked at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecolosits as Project and Policy Lead.

She is Italian and holds a BA in Philosophy, and an MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action.

Manufacturing, Design & Innovation

Naomi Turner

Head of Manufacturing, Design & Innovation
Naomi coordinates the Manufacturing, Design and Innovation programme of work, directly managing the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group and the Design Commission, and with oversight of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group. She joined Policy Connect in December 2013. 
 
Naomi holds professional and academic interests in design and manufacturing policy, having studied History of Design at the Royal College of Art and V&A Museum. Joining Policy Connect after assisting a Member of Parliament for four years, she has broad knowledge and expertise in public service delivery with a particular interest in housing. Naomi has also worked at the Research department of the V&A Museum as well as delivering projects for Policy Connect, including a joint APDIG / APSRG exhibition of sustainable materials research at the Palace of Westminster. 

Michael Folkerson

Manager, APMG
Michael has worked in the Manufacturing, Design and Innovation team at Policy Connect since June 2013.
 
He is currently Manager of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group and also supports the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group and the Design Commission. He first joined Policy Connect as a Research Assistant, helping to gather and analyse evidence regarding the UK’s industrial culture and competitiveness in the context of manufacturing, feeding in to the APMG's inaugural report “Making Good: A Study of Culture and Competitiveness in UK Manufacturing”.
 
A graduate of the LSE, Mike's academic background focused on the intersection between politics and economics, how it can put pressure on party ideology, and its effect on executive decision-making. His other policy interests are diverse, ranging from the environment to financial regulation, localism, education, labour, social and foreign policy.
 
Outside of the world of manufacturing, he likes to play guitar, read pulp science-fiction, watch foreign films, and learn about fine scotches.
 
Mike is from Sainte-C├ęcile-de-Masham, Canada, and lived for several years in Mallorca, Spain before moving to London.
 

Sustainability

Laura Owen

Head of Sustainability
Laura is Head of Sustainability and Manager of the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group and the Sustainable Resource Forum. 
 
She has led on the APSRG’s most recent report into remanufacturing which analysed the opportunities and barriers to the uptake of remanufacturing in the UK. Laura has also delivered a number of events on areas such as Energy from Waste and analysing the disparity in sustainable resource policy between the devolved administrations. 
 
Laura is currently scoping the APSRG’s new research project and project managing the follow up work to the APSRG’s report on waste exports.
 
Laura has a background in Environmental Science and Law having studied Environmental Science at the University of Sheffield and the Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law before turning her attention to environmental politics. 
 
When not in the office, Laura is likely to be found kayaking or at the local climbing wall.
 

 

Claudia Jaksch

Manager, Westminster Sustainable Business Forum
Claudia is the Manager of the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) and responsible for the WSBF's programme of work on promoting effective sustainability policy in the UK and bringing key business leaders and Parliamentarians together around the table to discuss and inform on sustainability policy issues.
 
She is currently organising a series of events on resilient cities while also in the early stages of putting together a new WSBF publication on sustainable construction.
 
Claudia holds a Master's degree in International Political Economy from King's College London and a Bachelor's degree in European Studies from the University of Passau, Germany. Her past experiences include working for Stakeholder Forum, an international organisation dedicated to advancing sustainable development at a global level, as well as roles at the central bank in Germany and in the private sector in Spain.
 
In her spare time, Claudia enjoys exploring London's world of museums, art galleries, and restaurants, playing squash, reading, and travelling.

Anne-Marie Benoy

Sernior Researcher, All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group
Anne-Marie is the Senior Researcher of the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group.
 
Anne-Marie joined Policy Connect in June 2014 and was lead author of the APSRG’s most recent inquiry Triple Win: The Social, Economic and Environmental Case for Remanufacturing, which was co-badged with the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group and published in December 2014. Alongside organising upcoming APSRG events, Anne-Marie is currently working on the group's next research inquiry into sustainability and resource efficiency of supply chains to be published in December 2015.
 
Anne-Marie holds an MA (Distinction) in Environment, Politics and Globalisation and a BSc in Geography both from King’s College London. Her past experiences include working in environmental and international development departments and NGOs in Luxembourg and working as a teaching assistant in a secondary school in London.
 
In her spare time, Anne-Marie enjoys training for and competing in triathlons, running and open water swimming races, or cooking up a stir in the kitchen.

 

Owain Mortimer

Manager, Carbon Connect & All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group
Owain joined the WSBF in September 2014 after working in Public Affairs roles at the WWF and Macmillan Cancer Support. Owain now leads both Carbon Connect and the APPCCG. 
 
Having first completed a BSc in Politics from Cardiff University, Owain completed an MSc in Globalization and Development from the University of Manchester. His previous roles include working in a local authority and as a campaign coordinator for a PPC.
 
His interests outside of work include drawing and animation, football and rugby, reading, and exploring the countryside.

Michael Boyle

Researcher and Project Coordinator for the Sustainability Team

Michael joined the Sustainability team at Policy Connect in May 2015. He provides research and event programme support to Carbon Connect, the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum and the Sustainable Resource Forum.

Michael holds a degree in Law from the University of Cambridge and has previously worked in the Westminster office of a Member of Parliament. Outside of work Michael is interested in creative writing and playing the guitar.