Polly Mackenzie

Chief Executive Demos

Polly is Chief Executive of Demos, Britain’s leading cross-party think tank, with a 25-year history of high quality research, policy innovation and thought leadership. Our priority is to bring ordinary citizens’ voices into policy making.

Polly started her career as a business journalist. In  2004 she became a Policy Adviser on housing and local government for Edward Davey MP. She then worked for Nick Clegg from 2006 to 2015, helping to write the 2010 Coalition Agreement, and serving as Director of Policy to the Deputy Prime Minister from 2010-15.
After leaving Government, Polly established the operations of the Women’s Equality Party, and then went on to found the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, a charity working to break the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems.

My Speaker Sessions

Wednesday, September 29

Inclusive service delivery, relational public services and better outcomes. PLUS an exclusive preview of the new Demos report
Tracey Lee Polly Mackenzie Adam Micklethwaite

Demos joins Capita on the stage to discuss the findings of the paper ‘FROM TRANSACTIONAL TO RELATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICES’ which comes in two halves. The first explains why action needs to be taken: why, after the pandemic, the pressure on our public services has reached a tipping point that means those more difficult decisions can no longer be deferred.


The second is a set of principles and frameworks for developing a more relational model of public service. These ideas will underpin a detailed programme of work throughout 2021 to explore, with the public and frontline professionals, how we might embed community development, human relationships, and social health at the heart of public service delivery.


Wednesday , September 29, 16:05 - 16:45
Tracey Lee William Benson