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Kelly is a European Union (EU) Project Manager and Nesta's EU Compliance Manager and brings previous EU funding experience to Nesta’s growing number of EU projects.  She manages D-CENT (which stands for “Decentralised Citizens Engagement Technologies for direct democracy and economic empowerment”) and also provides support to our Digital Social Innovation project.  Both DSI and D-CENT are part of a wider portfolio of CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms) projects and initiatives receiving funding from the European Commission to drive sustainable behaviours. AS our EU Compliance Manager she leads on contract compliance, supporting our EU project managers with contract delivery, reporting and financial claims.

Prior to joining Nesta Kelly worked in her home town of Huddersfield as a European Research Project Manager specialising in FP7 (the European Union's vehicle 2007 - 2013 for funding research into employment, competitiveness and quality of life). 


She has managed a wide-range of FP7 projects and has experience of proposal writing for a variety of different European and national funding schemes.