Association of Professional Futurists

Esmee Wilcox

Socially Adept
Diss / England / Europe


Professional Background
National and Local Government political engagement, strategy and organisational change.
Areas of Expertise
Cross-sector partnerships, applying foresight in operational contexts.
Short Biography
Esmee Wilcox helps organisations tackle messy human and social problems. She engages with senior leaders, middle managers and operational teams to understand and work with the whole system. Esmee is adept at finding the root causes of cultural issues and building momentum to address these.

Esmee’s awakening to Futures came through a serendipitous connection with a local expert in 2009. She was part of two series of open seminars giving her a grounding in Futures thinking. Since then her practice has developed through a number of strategy and transformation roles in local government. Her current focus is with inclusive and practical approaches that improve decision-making. Her intention is to help people have a sense of agency over their future to do more good.

Esmee’s professional career includes leading complex change initiatives spanning public and social purpose organisations. She has led on public policy and political engagement from within several government departments, including the 2005 ‘Improving Life Chances for Disabled People’ from the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

Esmee is: a 'Featured Social Innovator' at the Cambridge Judge Centre for Social Innovation; a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Suffolk; the 2016 Behaviour Change Municipal Journal award winner; and published on innovation and risk in government in “The Failure Files” (Triarchy Press, 2011). She was published on Futures writing for the Pioneers Post in March 2018.

Esmee lives in Norfolk where the skies are bigger, and can be found @esmeewsocial