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Alasdair de Costa
Analyst

I’ve worked in analytical roles at major tech companies and more recently in research at a well-known think tank. I’ve always been interested in politics and policy, because I believe they’re the best ways to materially improve all of our lives.

I joined Engage Britain because I care about making sure policies work for people, particularly those they most affect, and those often excluded from conversations about the direction of our country. It’s been fantastic to listen and learn from people all over Britain as they discuss some of the biggest challenges we face.

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Binita Mehta-Parmar
Head of Partnerships

I’ve spent a decade working in strategic communications, with a background in politics, charity governance and building non-profit start-up teams. Now, I’m leading the development of partnerships, networks and relationships for Engage Britain.

Having represented my community as a local Councillor, I sincerely believe in putting citizens and communities at the centre of compassionate and sustainable policymaking.

The prospect of helping solve the biggest challenges facing us, at a time when we really need solutions that bridge divides, sincerely excites me. I look forward to working with you to build a positive future for our country.

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John Hall
Strategy consultant

I’ve spent twenty-five years in the world of public policy and strategy, working in government, regulation, research and consultancy.

In my three years as Strategy Director in the Department of Health, the most important lesson I learnt was how rarely we take the time to bottom out exactly what questions we should be asking.

I currently combine strategy consultancy in the UK and overseas with leading young people on expeditions to developing countries. In different ways, each has taught me how creating meaningful change always starts by understanding the very different lenses through which people look at the world. This is at the heart of Engage Britain’s approach.

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Julian McCrae
Director

I’ve spent 25 years in the world of public policy creation, including five years as Deputy Director of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, where I led the unit’s work on social mobility, welfare policies and economic growth.

Sadly, I’ve seen it fail time and time again on issues from housing to immigration. The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is that real ideas, important ideas, don’t start in government. They start with real people, in civic society.

I set up Engage Britain because I truly believe that when we gather people from all parts of society ­– and commit to listening and learning from their experiences – we can create ideas that work and make real change.

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Justina Razac
Office Manager

For over 10 years I’ve worked as an administrative/operations professional within the education, charity and corporate sector.

In that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to gain experience across a variety of roles including recruitment, developing organisational strategies, and supporting senior management.

Throughout my career I have seen multiple approaches to running an organisation, and I am now using this experience to build an organisational infrastructure which gives Engage Britain the capabilities needed to achieve its mission.

I have a passion for inclusivity and diversity, and this is what attracted me to Engage. I am proud to work for an organisation which seeks to involve all and encourages collaboration.

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Lovisa Möller
Senior Analyst

For many years I’ve worked on research projects for non-profits, journalist and academics. The need for policy to start with those most affected has always been close to my heart.

Before I joined Engage Britain, I led a global research and advocacy project for a human rights charity. We did our best to ensure that the ideas we took forward resonated with the people whose rights were at risk. It showed me the true potential of putting people at the heart of policymaking.

And that’s exactly why I chose to join Engage Britain. Every day I learn new things about how we can bring about conversations that bridge divides and generate new solutions.

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Matthew Batchelor
Consultant Project Director

I’ve been managing creative projects in the voluntary and public sector for over 20 years, working with organisations ranging from community-based charities to national policy institutes.

I firmly believe that good design and appropriate use of technology can help bring about positive social change.

I’m currently working with Engage Britain to help the organisation develop its brand identity, website and contact database. What excites me most about Engage Britain is its mission to reshape how we debate the key challenges facing the country: to be more inclusive, to use technology for good, and to ensure that opinions are shared constructively.

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Miriam Levin
Programme Director

My working life has been dedicated to involving people in public policy decisions that affect their lives, shaping the places where they live, and taking action on things that matter to them.

Most recently, in Government, I’ve done this through running programmes on deliberative democracy, community organising and place-based social action.

Our country is facing massive challenges, but ordinary people are rarely given the opportunity to be part of the solution. By bringing people together, opening up conversations, and listening, I hope Engage Britain can change that ­– and change policymaking for the better.

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Owain Service
Digital Advisor

I spent the first half of my career working on government policy – on child health at the Department for Education, on the reform of public services at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and developing a national security strategy at the Cabinet Office.

I loved these roles, but worried that we never got to understand the effect of these reforms on real people. I co-founded the Behavioural Insights Team (the ‘Nudge Unit’), to understand why people make the decisions they do and test new ways of encouraging behavioural change.

In my work with the Engage Britain team, we’ve been looking at some of the most innovative technology platforms in the world and putting them to use to inform the wider work of the charity.

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Rachel Stein
Director of Engagement and Communications

Throughout my career, I’ve helped brands connect with their audiences through their communications. Most recently, as Executive Director at Stonewall, I’ve worked alongside different people and communities to build campaigns that improve equality and result in tangible change.

Before that I worked for Metro Bank, leading on communications that helped to turn customers into fans and advocates.

As the world around us changes, so must the way we engage and communicate with the people around us. That’s why I’m excited to be joining the Engage Britain team. I firmly believe that by putting people’s passion, enthusiasm and experience front and centre, it is possible to tackle some of the biggest issues facing our society. And most importantly, create meaningful change.

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Stephen Armstrong
Writer

I’ve been a journalist for 25 years, writing socio-political features for glossy magazines and arts pieces for heavyweight newspapers. It should have been the other way around but the 90s were an unusual decade.

I’m now writing about arts for the Sunday Times, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs for Wired, scientists and clinicians for the British Medical Journal and ordinary people across the country for two major reporting projects and two minor books. I’ve found that the most interesting people in all these places have something in common – they care about problems and they come up with solutions that take my breath away. If they’re just motivated by exploiting the solutions, on the other hand, they all sound empty.

I’m working with Engage Britain because they too seem more interested in the first group than the second – and imagine what we could do if we all thought that way.

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