Who Are We?

Dr Carole L. Talbot is an expert in public policy and public management who has worked both in academia and as a consultant with various public and not-for-rpofit organizations.

Until recently she was a Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at the University of Manchester and before that worked at Nottingham and Aston Universities. She now also works part-time for the University of Warwick.

Carole has worked, with Colin, on the development of Cambridge Policy Labs, Policy@Manchester, the Nottingham Policy Centre, and done research on policy engagement between academia and policymakers.

Professor Colin R. Talbot is a now Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Government from the University of Manchester.

Colin has worked extensively with public sector agencies and governments in over two dozen countries, including Canada, the USA, Mexico, Japan, Australia and France.

He has been an expert witness in the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly. He has also been an adviser to UK Parliamentary committees, the National Audit Office.

He founded the Centre for Public Services Management at London Southbank University, the Nottingham Policy Centre and the Policy@Manchester network.

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Paul Gosling is an experienced public policy and financial journalist.  He is a former contributor to The Independent, writing the Questions of Cash column and regular features on public sector management.  Paul has written extensively for public sector magazines and almost every quality newspaper in the UK and Ireland.  He is author of several books.

Paul was closely involved with the setting-up of the Policy@Manchester blog for the University of Manchester, commissioning and editing contributions.  He has also undertaken research for the Audit Commission, professional bodies, Aston University and the Open University, as well as occasional lectures for the University of Cambridge.

blank-profile-hiWill Johnson is an experienced web developer who has worked for a variety of public and private sector clients since graduating from University in 2006. Will works with a wide range of technologies and has extensive experience building blogs and content managed web sites.

Will has worked on several blog site development projects with Colin and Carole and is available to both set up, and maintain, University public policy blog sites.