The Political Studies Association (PSA) is pleased to announce that Michelle Doyle Wildman will be joining the Association on 17 June as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Michelle brings over 25 years’ experience of leading teams, public affairs and stakeholder engagement.

Michelle was appointed by a panel chaired by the PSA’s Chair, Professor Angelia Wilson (University of Manchester), who said:

“I am delighted to welcome Michelle Doyle Wildman to the PSA. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the Association is fast becoming the leading British learned society within the social sciences. Michelle has the perfect blend of leadership skills, knowledge and entrepreneurial drive to lead the PSA in addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

“There was a significant, high-quality response to our CEO recruitment campaign. Michelle impressed us enormously with her leadership experience and ideas for taking the PSA forward. I am really looking forward to working in partnership with her to realise the PSA’s strategic goals.”

Prior to joining the PSA, Michelle worked at Parentkind in May 2015 as its Policy and Communications Director and has been the charity’s Acting CEO since May 2017. In this capacity, she has spoken and written widely on leadership and education and was recognised as an Inspiring Communicator at the 2018 CharityComms awards.

On her appointment, Michelle said:

“I am absolutely delighted to join the Political Studies Association as its Chief Executive. Whether it is through publications, events or online, I am so impressed with the richness of what the PSA provides its members and wider society to further the vital study and application of political thinking. I am looking forward to playing my part in seeing the PSA go from strength to strength.”

Michelle previously held senior roles at the Environment Agency and South East Water. She is also an accredited practitioner and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations as well as being a member of ACEVO.