About Discuss

Discuss doesn’t have anything as snooty as a charter. But we do have a starting point. We take our inspiration from Manchester’s celebrated history in progressive thinking, invention and the free trade of ideas.

Our debates will always be challenging and provocative, but we are never high-brow, intimidating or ‘glitterati’.

Our debates always aim to be inclusive, authentic and delivered with integrity.

Foremost, they will be fun.

No fuss, no clutter, no messing about, just a good old fashioned ding-dong.

We do this with help from lots of people, our friends and our advisory board:

Lord Keith Bradley (honorary patron)

Baroness Susan Williams (honorary patron)

Helen Pidd, editor, Guardian North

Neil McArthur, co-founder, Talk Talk

Phil Hodari, DP Data

Professor Keith Brown, University of Manchester

Kevin Gopal, editor, Big Issue in the North


Mike Emmerich

Mike Emmerich

Mike has been a senior policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and ran New Economy Manchester after a time as dean of external relations in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester.

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor works as External Affairs Advisor at Manchester Metropolitan University alongside the Vice-Chancellor Malcolm Press and the Chancellor Lord Mandelson. Previously an award winning business journalist and editor, his debut novel "40 by 40" was a finalist in the 2014 Pulp Idol prize.

Martin Carr

Martin Carr

Martin founded and led brand agency True North from 2001, until leaving in 2016. He is now non-executive director of two creative agencies and an independent brand consultant. He is also a trustee of People’s History Museum and director of Manchester Literature Festival.