Dr Elaine Wedlock is a social researcher with over ten year’s experience in applied public sector social research, working in the Home Office and the Department of Communities and Local Government. She has carried out extensive quantitative and qualitative research into community cohesion, race and faith, volunteering, civil renewal and refugee integration.
She is experienced in developing quantitative research instruments, carrying out complex data analysis and also facilitating focus groups including those with hard to reach groups.
Elaine has produced rapid evidence assessments on antisocial behaviour, urban geen spaces, Big Society and localism. She is experienced in quickly identifying and evaluating key sources of evidence and presenting them to a variety of audiences in order to ensure that evidence is used effectively in the public policy decision making process.
Elaine has a PhD in Systems Science from City University CASS Business School London. Her thesis used Social Network Analysis to examine the effects of social networks on education. She currently teaches Systems Thinking and research methods to international postgraduate students at the Open University where she helps students to carry out original research and implement Systems Thinking tools and concepts in a range of organisational settings.
Carol Salt is a leading expert and experienced practitioner in the delivery of Children’s Services. She brings together a wealth of experience from both local government and business management. She has worked extensively in both regional and national settings with key stakeholders in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Carol runs C A Salt Consultancy Ltd, providing strategic and operational support in services for children, young people, and families.
Carol has a track record in delivering challenging change management programmes, successfully creating whole system change and ultimately improved life chances for children and families. She has been the strategic lead on a range of innovative business solutions, supporting local practitioners to focus on collecting and analysing performance management data to deliver improved efficiency and effectiveness.
From 1998 until 2012, Carol worked with Stoke-on-Trent City Council. From 2004 she led and developed Children’s centres, Business Support Services and Family Information Service in the city, achieving national and regional recognition for best practice, high quality innovative services and leaders of practice/service development in the field of early years. She has experience of leading, developing and implementing Business/Service planning and Performance Management frameworks to improve business capacity, capability and evidence impact of services.
Carol led on the introduction and implementation of Outcome Based Accountability in Children’s centres and is presently working alongside the Department for Education (DfE) on developing a range of performance management measures for Payment by Results for Children’s Centres. She has established a bespoke business support service for private, voluntary and independent childcare providers in Stoke-on-Trent. The service has successfully given small providers the business skills and tools to sustain and develop their services in a challenging market. Carol is a former registered Business Advisor with the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SfEDI) and for Nat West Bank plc.
Edward Gretton has a wide range of experience of social policy, criminal justice and management development issues in public, voluntary and private sectors both in the UK and internationally. He has wide experience in project management and evaluation. He is currently responsible for a programme, jointly funded by government and a charitable trust, to train 1000 prison and probation staff to deliver victim – offender restorative conferences.
Edward worked on criminal justice system reform as a senior civil servant in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, leading on issues such as victim and witness care, effective management of bail, virtual courts and youth custody. Before that he worked at the Cabinet Office on senior leadership development; and on supporting public administration reform in emerging democracies in South Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Earlier in his career he worked as a consultant on urban regeneration; and as a manager in the voluntary sector, developing access to education and employment for people of minority ethnic origin. Edward is a senior visiting fellow at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck, University of London; and a volunteer youth justice Referral Panel member.
Professor Mike Fisher Mike has thirty year’s experience of R&D in social care, including as Director of Research at the National Institute for Social Work (1996-2001) and at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (2001-12). He is a qualified social worker and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is especially interested in how care can better reflect the wishes of people who use services and become more effective at meeting those needs. He has recent experience of working alongside managers and practitioners to develop reablement and dementia services.
Will Parry is an academic social researcher, research methodologist and professional data analyst. Currently undertaking doctoral research at the Institute of Education, University of London, he is an expert in statistical analysis, survey methods, database building and spreadsheet modelling. He is an advanced user of many computer packages, including MS Access & Excel, VBA, SQL, Stata, R and Mplus. He holds a Masters in Social Research Methods from the Methodology Institute, London School of Economics & Political Science.
Dr. Matt Hopkins is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Leicester. He previously worked as a researcher in the crime and criminal justice field in the private sector and was also formerly a Lecturer in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University.
He has a PhD entitled ‘Abuse and Violence Against Small Businesses’ and has published in the British Journal of Criminology, the International Review of Victimology, the Security Journal and The International Journal of Risk, Security and Crime Prevention.
Matt has been involved in a number of applied research projects and evaluations of national government programmes. His work spans a variety of areas including targeted youth justice and has included several national evaluations. He was involved in the evaluation of the impact national DNA Expansion programme, the evaluation of a number of national arson reduction projects, fine enforcement programmes and assessing the impact of new legislation on criminal justice process.
Matt has also completed research in relation to the impact of crime on business, organised crime, crime investigation and fraud. He has recently completed a study of the impact interventions tailored to support young people identified as engaging in anti-social behaviour and a study of investigating the links between homicide and organised crime (for the Home Office). He has vast experience of research and evaluation methodology.
Dr. Chris Dewberry is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Chris has lectured to postgraduate students in the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London for over twenty years.
Organizations for which he has recently carried out research and provided advice include the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Legal Services Board. Chris is author of Statistical Methods for Organizational Research: Theory and Practice. One of his specialist areas of expertise is the assessment and selection of people in organizations.
Professor Rob Briner is Professor of Organizational Psychology at the University of Bath. He has been involved for over 20 years in several areas of research and consultancy including stress and well-being at work, motivation and performance, moods and emotions, and the psychological contract. He also has a long-standing interest in applying evidence-based practice principles to organizational psychology, HRM and management more generally and is a founding member of the Center for Evidence-Based Management. He is currently investigating how and the extent to which managers and organizations use different forms of evidence in their work and factors that facilitate or inhibit the use of evidence such as the training of managers and management fads and fashions.
Dr Peter Mallaburn is Director of Policy at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University, and Managing Director of Policy to Practice Ltd. Before that, he was Chief Executive of Salix Finance, DECC’s public sector low carbon finance vehicle. Peter set up Salix and secured £30m of start-up funding from DECC. Salix now manages £150m of energy efficiency projects in 120 public sector clients, a significant proportion of which involve heat and heat networks.
Prior to that Peter set up the Carbon Trust and ran its Government Affairs department. Before that Peter held a range of civil service posts including international energy policy, programme and research management and science policy. Peter has a PhD. in Crop Physiology from University College London, a first class honours degree in Biological Sciences, and is a fellow of both the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Society of Arts.