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Michele Lee Golden

Michele Lee Golden

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2013

Michele is a mediator and consultant with a focus on ageing, housing, conflict and care. She began her career as an advocate for older and disabled people and has over 12 years of experience managing social innovation, policy and research projects in the US, UK and Ireland.

In recent years, Michele served as chairman and director of a resident-led estate management company where she increased resident participation by 400% and was credited with transforming the culture of the estate. She previously worked at Participle leading the development of Southwark Circle, a social enterprise for older people cited by The New York Times as an example of the best design of the 2000s. Prior to this, she worked at Age Concern England managing the Inquiry into Mental Health and Well-Being in Later Life, which influenced policy and practice in the UK and Europe.

Michele is a former Trustee of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Britain and a founding director of both ListeningWise, a social enterprise that supports older people, families and service providers who are experiencing conflict, and Cobble Street, a property management company that aims to put more power into the hands of leaseholders. She has degrees from Harvard and the London School of Economics.  Her most treasured possession is her library card. She lives in east London with her husband Karl.

Read Michele's Fellowship research, Social Leadership Outside of Organisations.


Twitter: @michelelgolden

Current principal role: Operations and innovation consultant
Current principal organisation: Michele Lee Golden
Other leadership role 1: Director
Other organisation 1: Cobble Street Ltd

Research: Social Leadership Outside of Organisations
Research topics: Change management; Governance; Impact;
Secondment host: London Early Years Foundation

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