About

Team

Find contact details and information about our team, including their areas of expertise. Many of our team are also experienced conference speakers and media contributors.

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Andrew Carter

Chief Executive

Andrew became Chief Executive of the Centre in April 2017. Before that he was the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Research with overall responsibility for the Centre’s...

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Paul Swinney

Director of Policy and Research

As Head of Policy and Research, Paul oversees the research programme and strategy of the Centre. He has published on a wide range of subjects relating to city economies, including the development...

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Tom Flude

Director of External Relations

Tom oversees our public affairs and stakeholder engagement strategies alongside fundraising, partnerships, events and media. Before joining the Centre, Tom worked in public affairs at Transport...

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Anna Bullegas

Head of Finance and Operations

Anna moved from Poland in the early 1980s, after graduating from Warsaw University in Management Studies. She joined the team at Centre for Cities in November 2008 and is responsible for the...

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Naomi Clayton

Policy and Research Manager

Naomi is Policy and Research Manager with responsibility for developing and overseeing the delivery of the Centre’s research programmes. She is also Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for...

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Rita Beden

Head of External Affairs

Rita currently oversees the External Affairs work and plays a key role in developing and implementing the Centre's External Affairs Strategy. In particular, Rita leads on the Centre's stakeholder...

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Meg Kaufman

Project Manager - What Works Centre

Meg’s speciality is managing projects with a large number of deliverables and stakeholders.  Her particular interest is in building partnerships between the many diverse interests that operate...

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Simon Jeffrey

Policy Officer

As Policy Officer, Simon keeps the Centre up-to-date with developments in public policy related to cities. As well as overseeing the broader policy agenda, Simon is the policy lead on transport...

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Rebecca McDonald

Analyst

Rebecca’s recent research explores the drivers of private sector investment in UK cities, looking at what cities can do to best attract this much-needed investment. She has also researched...

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Anthony Breach

Analyst

Anthony works as part of the economics team for the Centre for Cities team, where he focuses on housing. He has also worked on research on commercial property in cities, services exports,...

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Elena Magrini

Analyst

Elena joined the Centre as a Researcher in April 2017, and has an interest in education, inequality, and migration. Previously, she was a policy intern at Universities UK where she conducted...

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Lucy Charlewood

Publications and Digital Officer

Lucy is a digital content and social media enthusiast, with a passion for storytelling that connects with audiences.  She is responsible for developing the Centre’s publication output, managing...

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Hugo Bessis

Researcher

Hugo joined the Centre for Cities as an intern in May 2015 and became a Researcher in August 2015. Prior to this, he was an intern at Nesta’s Innovation Growth Lab, where he conducted...

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Lahari Ramuni

Researcher

Lahari joined the Centre for Cities as an intern in March 2018. She is interested in infrastructure and planning policy, and her work at the centre is primarily focused on digital infrastructure...

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Amna Uppal

Administrator and PA

Amna is responsible for supporting the Chief Executive, research and events team as well assisting with operational support of the office. Amna graduated from Queen Mary, University of London...

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Juliana Lindell

Research Intern

Juliana joined the Centre as a research intern in October 2018. She is interested in industrial development and Industry 4.0, as well as the historical development of urban industries. Before...

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