WPP combines recognised global thought leaders and market specialists with deep local expertise. The Government & Public Sector Practice helps public sector clients to navigate the network to find the best people and resources to solve their challenges.
WPP Government & Public Sector Practice
Dr. Michelle Harrison
CEO, WPP Government & Public Sector Practice
Michelle is the CEO of the WPP Government and Public Sector Practice; and the CEO of TNS BMRB, the leading social research agency servicing UK government. She focuses on policy formulation and evaluation, public service improvement and strategic communications. She was recently appointed as an external expert to review the effectiveness of No.10 and Cabinet Office communications for UK government. In 2013 she led the WPP teaching faculty for behaviour change and strategic communications at the University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government.
Michelle regularly facilitates high level policy and strategy meetings across Whitehall. She has enjoyed facilitating many large scale public consultation programmes on behalf of government Ministers and for the Office of the Prime Minister.
Previously Michelle was a Director of The Henley Centre where she worked as a consultant to business and government.
Michelle is widely published and is the author and co-author of a number of books and journal articles in the areas of international development and public policy. She is a Trustee of Nesta, the foremost authority on how innovation can solve major economic and social challenges.
Managing Director, WPP Government & Public Sector Practice
Laura works with colleagues around the world to bring WPP’s best thinking, talent and experience to our public sector clients. She has worked for a decade in public policy, media and communications.
Laura joined WPP in 2009 and has held roles in Moscow and London, most recently supporting the Executive Board. Prior to that she spent several years in the public sector at the City of London Corporation, British Council in Brussels and Bank of England. She is co-author of the European Migrant Integration Policy Index I and II, a European Commission-funded research project.
Laura has an MSc in Economics from University College London and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. She speaks fluent French and Russian.
Michael Chi Chen
Project Manager, WPP Government & Public Sector Practice
Michael coordinates and delivers the Practice’s ongoing partnerships, research, communications, projects and events.
Michael has diverse experience and interests in public policy, market research, capacity building, and project management in cross-cultural settings. Prior to joining WPP, he was responsible for managing training and capacity building programmes in a multi-stakeholder initiative promoting labour rights in the global supply chain. Previously, he spent several years in an investment consultancy in Shanghai, leading the research division to serve European clients investing in China.
Michael is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and holds an MSc in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science.