Founding Director, Metro Dynamics
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy
Mike has led a wide variety of projects at Metro Dynamics. Much of Mike’s focus is strategy and economic intelligence. He helped create and was the lead adviser to the Cambridge and Peterborough Independent Economic Review and a Commission in Barking and Dagenham. Mike leads work on innovation, and has worked with Coast to Capital and Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnerships. A particular interest of Mike’s is the interface between property development and place, an area in which he has led projects for Legal & General, Bruntwood, Peel and the Select Property Group.
Prior founding Metro Dynamics, Mike was the Chief Executive of New Economy in Manchester, and central to the Manchester devolution deals. New Economy's purpose was to create economic growth and prosperity for Greater Manchester (i.e. the ten local authority districts: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) - an area which is home to 2.6 million residents and which generates 50% of the North West's economic output and 5% of the total national economic output. One of the six Association of Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Commissions established in 2009, it works with public sector organisations, businesses and universities across Manchester to develop economic intelligence, help create jobs and improve skills, save money and increase efficiencies, increase investment and enterprise, and contribute to reducing carbon emissions.
Prior to joining New Economy as Chief Executive, Mike Emmerich was Director of the Institute for Political and Economic Governance at the University of Manchester (a multi-disciplinary research institute), and Dean of External Relations in the Faculty of Humanities. Before this, he pursued a career in the political and economic strategy sectors, at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies where he served as Principal Consultant and then Deputy Director from 1991 to 1996. After a period as a management consultant at Ernst & Young in 1997, he became a Policy Adviser with HM Treasury before becoming Senior Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister's Policy Unit.