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Exploring the ideas that could shape our futures and what that means for us.

Prof Mel Ainscow CBE

Education

Prof Mel Ainscow CBE

Prof Mel Ainscow CBE is a specialist in the improvement of education systems and has acted as a consultant to governments in various parts of the world. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Government’s Chief Adviser for the Greater Manchester Challenge, a £50 million initiative to improve educational outcomes for all young people in the region. Currently he leads Schools Challenge Cymru, the Welsh Government’s multi-million pound flagship programme to accelerate the rate of improvement across the country’s schools.


Prof Helen Gunter

Education

Prof Helen Gunter

Helen Gunter, Professor of Education Policy, has a particular interest in the modernisation of education. Prof Gunter has appeared on the BBC Breakfast sofa and can speak with expertise on policy and practice at both national and local levels as well as contributing to the debate around academies, free schools, grammar schools and school leadership. She has led and participated in major projects on public policy and knowledge in the field of educational leadership.


Prof Christine Hallett

Nursing

Prof Christine Hallett

Christine Hallett is Professor of Nursing History and Director of the UK Centre for the History of Nursing. She is an expert on the history of nursing education, and can advise on: nursing education reform; issues relating to the Francis Report; and the history of the NHS, including reforms that have been viewed as a ‘drift to privatisation’. (Photo by Neal Rylatt)


Prof Anthony Heagerty

Health

Prof Anthony Heagerty

Tony Heagerty is Professor of Medicine in The University of Manchester and a Consultant Physician in the Central Manchester Foundation Trust. He has expertise in healthcare policy and contributed to Medicine Now on Radio 4 as well as national newspapers such as The Times and The Daily Mail. He can talk about the impact of nutritional policy on cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well as budgeting for healthcare development in the primary sector and the hospital environment.


Prof Ruth McDonald

Health

Prof Ruth McDonald

Ruth McDonald, Professor of Health Science Research and Policy has conducted substantial research examining financial incentives in the NHS, as well as overseas. She has appeared on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed and can speak on issues relating to incentives and health professionals. She has led a number of national evaluations of health policies and can comment on evaluation of health policy more generally.


Prof Colin Talbot

Government, Public policy

Prof Colin Talbot

Colin Talbot is Professor of Government at The University of Manchester. Colin's main area of expertise is public services and public management reform. He has advised Parliamentary Committees on civil service, performance and public spending issues. He is a regular commentator in the media and made a major impact on the 2010 General Election campaign with his analysis of Conservative public sector cutting plans He is the creator of the popular Whitehall Watch blog and directs Policy@Manchester.