Dr Edge Watchorn

She is Director of Strategy for Parliament’s Participation team, where she leads on public engagement strategy and transformation. She was previously Head of Education and in 2015 delivered Parliament’s first ever dedicated Education Centre with themed learning spaces and award-winning immersive, interactive technology.

More recently, as a Director for the House of Commons she led a people development programme for 2,500 staff focusing on organisational behaviours, management capability and leadership development.

Edge’s passion for democracy education grew out of her academic study where she explored the introduction of citizenship education to the National Curriculum in England and Wales. She pursued this interest from a range of angles through roles at the General Teaching Council and Citizenship Foundation. She serves as a Magistrate on the North Essex bench and is a Fellow of the RSA and Westminster Abbey Institute.

Edge has been a Trustee since 2011.