Colin Talbot

Professor of Government and Public Admnistration, University of Manchester

Colin Talbot has an unusual career history - he left school at 16 and has worked in many different jobs, he's been a political activist, trade union official, public sector manager and finally becoming an academic at the age of 38. He's been a Professor at three Universities (Glamorgan, Nottingham and now Manchester). He's given evidence as an expert witness to the UK Parliament over two dozen times, been an advisor to two parliamentary committees in Westminster as well as giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and the Wales Committee. He's spoken at numerous international events and advised governments in almost twenty countries. He's appeared on numerous TV and radio shows and in many newspapers, including Newsnight, the Today programme, and many more