Dr Michelle Harrison

Dr Michelle Harrison

CEO, WPP Government & Public Sector Practice and CEO, Kantar Public

Michelle Harrison is the CEO of the WPP Government and Public Sector Practice which brings together WPP’s capability to advise governments around the world on all aspects of government communications. In role since 2012, she has led the establishment of WPP Government Practice Hubs in London, Brussels, Sydney, Beirut, Singapore and Nairobi. She is the founder of the WPP Faculties for Behaviour Change and Strategic Communications at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Michelle is also the CEO of (WPP Group company) Kantar Public, which improves public sector decision making through data, insight and consultancy. Kantar Public operates in every continent, with specialisms that include the fields of behaviour change, digital government, international development policy and opinion and electoral research.

Michelle has a long history as an advisor to UK government. For the current Conservative administration, she was appointed as an external expert to review the effectiveness of No.10 and Cabinet Office communications. Under Gordon Brown’s administration, her work included an appointment by the Cabinet Office Minister to lead the national consultation on the future of a written constitution; for the Minister for the Department of Health to undertake the public consultation on the future of social care; and for the Home Secretary, to lead a national deliberative dialogue on policing policy. In Tony Blair’s government, Michelle was a member of the Policy Action Team established by the Cabinet Office to review public policy for social exclusion. In 2007 she was commissioned by the BBC to write The Blair Decade, a series of documentary programmes on social change in Britain during this period.

Michelle was the CEO of TNS BMRB from 2009 - 2015, and prior to that, led the Government Consultancy Practice at The Henley Centre (now the Futures Company), which she joined in 2007.

Michelle is the author and co-author of a number of books and journal articles in the fields of international development and political science. She is a Trustee of Nesta, the foremost authority on how innovation can solve major economic and social challenges. She is a regular media commentator in the UK on government and politics.