ABOUT ME

Before setting up my consultancy, I was Associate Director at the ippr think tank, and led their qualitative research team. I was responsible for qualitative research standards across the organisation, as well as for directing my own projects and raising all funds to support the team. My work focused upon public attitudes and behaviour change, and I led flagship projects on attitudes to asylum seekers and to the role of government in changing public behaviour. I published widely, and was a media spokesperson for the organisation, regularly appearing on most major TV and radio news channels. I presented my research at very senior levels, giving keynotes at several conferences, holding policy seminars and meeting with Ministers and No 10. I also gained considerable experience of chairing high-level events, for example chairing meetings which gave large groups of the public the opportunity to put questions to Cabinet Ministers.

Before ippr I worked at VSO for five years as Senior Advocacy Officer. I specialised in HIV/ AIDS and designed and conducted primary research in several African and South Asian countries. I then turned the research into robust reports to present to UK and EU policy makers. This built upon my experience at Positively Women, where I was the Communications Officer for an organisation offering peer support to women living with HIV/ AIDS.

I am currently Vice-Chair at Richmond Council for Voluntary Services, and was a trustee at One World Action between 2006-2009. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

My qualifications include Diplomas in Corporate and Personal Performance Coaching, Msc in International Politics, Diploma in Development Studies and a first class MA in Commonwealth Literature. I am an accredited DISC profiler.

I am a Research Associate with IVAR (www.ivar.org.uk)