Portraits of Shanice Blair, Matt Pullen and Doctor Phoenix Andrews.

Meet our new team members!

Over the past couple of months we have been recruiting with the help of Collaborative Future, and are really pleased to welcome three new team members!

Shanice Blair is our new Office Manager, and is currently completing an MA in Intercultural Communication at the University of Manchester.

Before moving to Manchester last September, she graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in French and German, worked in a French primary school, completed two internships (one with Collaborative Future and the other with Myriad Editions), and finally held the role of Community Manager for Agencies for Good.

She is passionate about accessibility, community and inclusion. In her free time, you will usually find Shanice with her nose in a book. She also enjoys going to the cinema, travelling and trying out Manchester’s many restaurants.

Matt Pullen is our new User Researcher. He is co-founder of Curo Carers. Matt has worked on projects across the sectors of health & social care, sustainability and education, helping reimagine community care with the NHS, create mentoring schemes for disadvantaged students and build Venture Capital invested startups.

He has completed a number of entrepreneurial development programmes including Year Here and New Entrepreneurs Foundation, which have developed his user-centred design skills and business acumen.Work aside, he enjoys Tony’s Chocoloney and Fantasy Premier League.

Doctor Phoenix Andrews is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead for Open Data Manchester and a freelance writer and researcher.

He can often be found in the gym, performing on stage, attempting leatherwork and explaining misinformation online. His interests include queer history, Doctor Who, internet cultures and pop music.

Previously, Phoenix has worked as a university researcher in politics, human-computer interaction, digital humanities and information science. Before that, he performed at festivals and conferences across the world, had songs played on Radio 1, was a feminist disability activist and bad administrator.