Who we are
Our team has a unique combination of consultancy, research and evaluation skills with previous experience in practice, management, leadership and inspection.
We are committed to building a team that has diversity of backgrounds, life experiences and professional expertise. This is the right thing to do. In our experience, this also maximises the quality, insightfulness and impact of our work.
Tom set up Cordis Bright because he wanted to offer a straightforward, intellectually robust and competitive research and consultancy service. The aim was to provide consultancy and research outcomes that clients could use with confidence when planning for the future. It was also important to Tom that services really were complementary to the expertise and knowledge that clients brought to the table and that the final outcomes really were greater than the sum of the parts.
“Really good consultancy isn’t a magic trick, or a gimmicky process; really good consultancy is about taking the time to understand the needs of your client, putting in real effort to come up with a robust and workable plan, then working really hard and efficiently to deliver on time what you have agreed – it may not always be showy but it works and it is probably one of the reasons why more than 80% of what we do each year is with returning customers.”
Although Tom is the Chairman of Cordis Bright he spends most of his time working on consultancy projects mainly with larger provider organisations. His work is strongly focused on business development and, in particular, mergers and acquisitions, market intelligence and strategic planning. Tom has been working long-term with a range of clients providing ongoing insight and support to assist them in achieving the strategic and operational goals they have set.
As a commentator Tom has been instrumental in the development of the Cordis Briefing which has provided challenging and insightful commentary on the development of social care and supported housing for over ten years.
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Colin is Cordis Bright’s Managing Director. He works with clients on performance improvement, service reviews, evaluations, multi-agency working and strategic planning. He has experience across children's services, youth justice, adult social care, education and schools, public health and community health services.
“I’m proud of the reputation that we have built at Cordis Bright for delivering high quality consultancy support and research that helps our clients to achieve real and sustained change for service users and their families.”
Colin’s experience includes:
- Service reviews and audits: Colin works with clients to help them understand existing strengths and areas for improvement across projects, services and programmes. Most recently, he has worked with a number of local authorities to identify ‘what works’ in supporting children and young people with complex needs and those in children's residential care. His experience spans early years and childcare, early help, child protection, looked after children, youth offending, children with special educational needs and disabilities and those who have witnesses and/or been victims-survivors of domestic abuse.
- Feasibility studies and economic analysis: this includes helping organisations decide how best to use funding to have maximum impact on target groups. Colin is skilled at economic analysis, including cost-benefit analysis and social return on investment.
- Training, coaching and one-to-one support: Colin works with a wide range of professionals to help them improve their effectiveness – as practitioners, commissioners, managers and leaders. Training and coaching has involved social workers, social work managers, health visitors, and early help workers.
- Research and evaluations: Colin’s experience includes a range of national and local initiatives, e.g. early years, childcare, family support, child health, schools, child protection, looked after children, youth offending, domestic abuse, children with special educational needs or disabilities and social work practice. This also includes undertaking needs assessments and advising on partnership arrangements and commissioning approaches.
- Support to local authorities and the third sector in the measurement of impact and outcomes. This includes the development of toolkits, innovative case-study approaches to measuring impact, support on narrowing the gap, and developing outcomes-based service specifications.
Colin has a BA(Hons) in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the London School of Economics.
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Lucy offers a broad range of public sector consultancy skills. She has particular interest in governance, strategy development, implementation and improvement processes within organisations and partnerships. Lucy’s clients have included national charities (e.g. Health Foundation, Innovation Unit, Shared Lives Plus, Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), local authorities, CCGs, mental health foundation trusts, housing associations as well as Welsh Assembly Government, Department for Health and Social Care and Department of Education.
“I enjoy uncovering and presenting robust information which gives our clients confidence about the difficult decisions they face. At Cordis Bright we’re keen to be practical, working hard to avoid the management consultancy jargon which often alienates people. This approach appeals to me as it means we can work collaboratively with clients to get really good quality solutions.”
Examples of the projects which Lucy has led or managed include:
- Creation of an outline strategy and governance approach for a new charitable initiative designed to improve women’s engagement with fitness.
- Research, options appraisal and facilitation of decision-making discussions to enable a national charity to focus its fitness and wellbeing activities in the most impactful locations.
- Strategy review for a partnership of health, social care and independent sector representatives to identify barriers and opportunities in the delivery of a national strategy.
- Process and impact evaluation of a two-year multi-site pilot initiative designed to streamline the way in which people with mental ill-health can access and experience support.
- Process evaluation of a three-year multi-site scaling initiative designed to test the extent to which social franchising principles can be adopted and have value within an NHS context.
- Quasi-experimental economic evaluations of two primary care mental health interventions designed to reduce reliance on secondary care.
- Needs assessments to establish gaps in provision of domestic abuse, obesity and mental health services.
- Modelling the impact of National Minimum Wage for providers which use sleep-in shifts.
- Reviewing approaches to care and support provision on behalf of housing associations.
- Helping service providers to analyse their expenditure and make viable recommendations for cost savings.
Lucy is a regular presenter at Cordis Bright’s quarterly briefing service where she analyses and presents trends in social care purchasing, regulation and delivery. This helps to ensure our clients to have a clear view of the opportunities which are most likely to benefit the people they support.
Alongside her work at Cordis Bright, Lucy is a Non-Executive Director of a Housing Association in Wales. She has a BA from Oxford University, an MSc in management from Cass Business School and is a Registered Change Management Practitioner.
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Director and Head of Research
Steve leads Cordis Bright’s research team. He has a demonstrable track-record of delivering high profile projects to time, budget and specification.
“It’s a privilege to work with clients across the public and voluntary and community sectors on a range of innovative projects, programmes and services which improve outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and adults across England and Wales.”
Steve has recently led a range of high profile research, evaluation and consultancy projects for:
- Central government departments, e.g. the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Youth Justice Board, Department for Education and Welsh Government.
- Local authorities, e.g. Steve has worked with over 50 local authorities across England and Wales.
- Clinical Commissioning Groups and Commissioning Support Units, e.g. Steve is currently supporting the delivery of NHS England New Care Model programme evaluations including evaluations of Multi-specialty Community Provider, Acute Care Collaboration, Urgent and Emergency Care, and Enhanced Care in Care Home Vanguards.
- Offices of Police and Crime Commissioners, e.g. Steve has supported OPCCs with research, evaluation, needs assessment and commissioning support concerning victims, restorative justice approaches and innovative approaches to reducing reoffending.
- Regulators and evidence hubs, e.g. Steve has recently supported clients including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the Early Intervention Foundation and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.
- Voluntary and community sector organisations, e.g. Steve has recently supported large not-for-profit providers of adult social care as well as organisations supporting young people with a learning disability and a number of organisations which aim to improve outcomes for victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence and violence against women and girls.
Steve is skilled and experienced at delivering projects through multi-agency partnerships involving local authorities, NHS and voluntary and community sector organisations. Steve has successfully delivered projects across Cordis Bright’s service offer. Examples are provided below:
- Children and young people’s services: Steve has delivered research, evaluation and needs assessments on topics including: childcare and early education, vulnerable children and families, missing children, children and young people with learning and physical disabilities, children and young people on the “edge of care”, those experiencing bullying, mental health, and substance misuse issues, trafficked children and children who are victims of modern slavery. Steve has recently led a number of evaluations of the Department for Education Social Innovation Programme including innovative approaches to supporting young people who may be at risk of accessing acute CAMHS. He has supported clients by delivering toolkits which have been embedded to help them to demonstrate the impact of their services on children and young people’s outcomes. Steve has also recently been involved in projects that assess the evidence base for what works in early intervention.
- Criminal justice: Steve has led on research for the Early Intervention Foundation on reviewing risk and protective factors for young people’s involvement in serious youth violence and gangs. He has also delivered a longitudinal evaluation of an innovative multi-agency Gang Prevention Programme. He has conducted a number of strategic needs assessments and evaluations in relation to Violence Against Women and Girls, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. He has also delivered research for the Ministry of Justice into how evidence is generated, disseminated and used in the criminal justice system.
- Health: As well as leading the delivery of NHS England Vanguard evaluations, Steve has also led a number of innovative integrated health and social care programmes including evaluations of intermediate care programmes, a review and options appraisal concerning intermediate care beds, an evaluation of a resilience, escalation planning and surge management team, and an evaluation of an integrated assistive technology programme.
- Adult social care: Steve's work has included a focus on innovative initiatives for older people, people with a disability, people with mental health issues, people who are homeless, people with substance misuse issues and people with a physical disability. Steve has also conducted a range of market intelligence research for large not for profit providers of adult social care services and has supported them with their strategic planning.
Steve has a BA from Oxford and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he was also an Economic and Social Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow.
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Jane has worked with Cordis Bright since 1999. She has a BA in English from the University of Durham and an MSc (with distinction) in Social Policy from the London School of Economics. She is also a qualified management accountant. Jane began her career as a finance manager and director in charities in the fields of homelessness, substance misuse and domestic violence. Following her Master’s degree in 1997, she moved into research and consultancy. She has worked as a researcher and part-time lecturer at the London School of Economics and Birkbeck. Her specialist area of interest is the role of voluntary organisations in delivering both public services and social change.
“What I find most rewarding about my work with Cordis Bright is the opportunity to make a real difference to our clients’ practice. I am interested in using my research skills for practical benefit and to help not-for-profit organisations to understand themselves and their clients better. In these times of financial hardship, I am particularly passionate about developing methods for robust cost benefit analysis which help our clients to address the huge challenges they face in deciding how to allocate scarce resources.”
Jane has extensive experience in evaluation, analysis, research and supporting mergers in the voluntary sector. She also has recent experience of senior management in a complex service providing organisation. Recent examples include:
- Working with councils and health agencies in the East Midlands on making a strategic shift from health-based services towards investment in preventative social care services.
- Researching the cost-effectiveness of projects and programmes, including Partnerships for Older People Projects, Intermediate Care Funds, and the ‘Return to Social Work’ programme.
- A research project for the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the impact of personalisation in social care on marginalised groups.
- Leading on the evaluation of two local programmes designed to improve outcomes for older people and, in particular, reduce admission to hospital.
- Evaluation of the All Wales Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline for the Welsh Government.
- Developing a business case for a hospital discharge service for homeless people in West London.
- Acting as interim finance director for a medium sized regional charity and supporting the development and implementation of a major change plan.
- Carrying out due diligence to inform potential mergers between independent social care organisations during her career with Cordis Bright Jane has built up considerable expertise in this area and has supported more than 20 merger processes.
Jane has a wide range of skills and expertise in the fields of adult social care and the management of not-for-profit organisations. Her particular strengths are:
- Rigorous financial analysis, including identifying social return on investment and value for money of interventions, and managing the political sensitivities around distribution of cashable savings.
- Writing for publication and to aid decision making.
- Practical financial management.
- Strong analytical skills, including the ability to synthesise and assess large amounts of complex information.
- Handling sensitive projects which require diplomacy, analytical skills and the ability to draw out information through interviews and group discussions.
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Director and Lead for Safeguarding
Kam leads projects across children’s services and youth offending and is both social work and probation qualified. She also holds a Diploma from OPM in Public and Private Partnerships. As a former HMI Inspector inspecting youth offending teams and in her role managing various YOTs she has considerable experience of the children’s sector and its challenges.
“I have a real passion for ensuring outcomes for children and young people and this is best achieved by working from practitioner, operational manager through to strategic manager. I am particularly interested in performance management and applying this to improve practice. Supporting organisations and developing good leadership is at the heart of my work and one which gives a great sense of achievement.”
Kam is highly skilled in performance management, both pre- and post-inspection work, coaching/mentoring and delivering training:
- Leading on change management with local authorities working with Chief Executives, Directors of Children’s Services and Assistant Directors. This has involved providing robust solutions to performance issues and acting as a role model to managers in good leadership and showing them in practice terms “what good looks like”. Work with YOS Strategic Boards in improving attendance and effective partnership working is a key area of improvement work.
- Safeguarding – working with local authorities following Ofsted inspections to carry out rapid reviews of case files, which has included leading on a 300 case file read for one organisation. Other case reviews have included over 1,000 file audits of children with disabilities, Children in Need and child protection cases.
- Pre- and post-inspection work – improved practice with over 50 YOTs focussing on Asset, intervention planning, recording and effective management oversight. Management workshops have made significant improvements swiftly and sustainably.
- Serious Case reviews for local authorities and Critical (extended) Learning reviews for YOTS – working with senior managers we have carried out over 8 reviews which have included young people charged with grave offences such as Murder, or those deemed vulnerable where a serious incident has occurred. More complex MAPPA reviews have also been carried out as an independent function for YOS teams.
- Training – Kam offers specialist expertise in risk and safeguarding and has delivered training to over 30 YOTs. Other training has included Diversity, Planning and Management workshops. Recent training to targeted youth support teams has been particularly successful in their transition to developing new skills.
Prior to joining Cordis Bright, Kam worked for HMI Probation inspecting both YOTs and Probation and she carried out specialist MAPPA work in Northern Ireland alongside police officers at Belfast Police Station. She has particular expertise in working with victims and in the area of Restorative Justice. Kam also has both operational and strategic experience of managing YOTs. She worked for Merseyside Probation Service for 6 years with her last frontline post being in Public Protection with Lifers and Sex offenders.
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Matt is a Principal Consultant at Cordis Bright, and has experience of research and consultancy for a range of organisations across the public and not-for-profit sectors, including the Department for Education, Offices of Police and Crime Commissioners, local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, housing associations, and local and national charities.
“I particularly enjoy working with clients to use the data we obtain from our research to drive change and improvement, and inform their decision-making. Key to making this happen is ensuring that our work is designed in collaboration with those who use and deliver services, so that we are asking and answering the questions which are most important to them.”
His recent projects include:
- Impact and process evaluations of a range of programmes and services, including innovative and multi-agency approaches. These have included longitudinal evaluations of intermediate healthcare services in England and Wales, Department for Education Innovation Programme projects, and NHS New Care Model Vanguard sites. These evaluations include a range of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, using mixed-methods approaches to evidence their impact on service users, staff and system performance. Matt is particularly skilled in designing evaluation frameworks collaboratively with clients which include the views of a range of stakeholders, and are flexible to accommodate changes in programme and service delivery.
- Designing and implementing impact assessments, including designing an approach to assess the Social Return On Investment (SROI) of a charity’s employment support service. Matt has a range of experience in designing and implementing approaches to economic evaluation, including SROI and cost-benefit analysis.
- Supporting the development of new approaches to commissioning services. For example, Matt has supported the development of an approach to integrate commissioning across health and local authority commissioners, involving co-producing outcomes frameworks and logic models for the programme. He has also been involved in establishing an alliance contracting approach between commissioners and statutory and voluntary sector providers to delivering adult mental health services.
- Project managing evaluations of multi-site, multi-year, and multi-agency programmes. These include a programme supporting the delivery of a community public health initiative across 15 sites around the UK, a programme working to improve outcomes for victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse over seven local authority areas, and a programme delivering targeted system change interventions to tackle child sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation and child trafficking for labour exploitation across three major cities.
Matt has a BA from the University of Oxford and an MA (with Distinction) from University College London.
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Hannah has 15 years’ experience of developing, delivering, evaluating and improving services. She is a skilled project manager with a demonstrable track-record of delivering projects to time, budget and specification. She has worked with a wide range of different clients, including the Home Office, Department for Education, Welsh Government, Offices of Police and Crime Commissioners, local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, voluntary sector organisations and private sector providers.
“My interest in research and consultancy is rooted in a desire to collaborate with clients to support evidence-based decision-making in developing and improving programmes, services, policy and strategy. I have a strong interest in working with service users and stakeholders to gather their perspectives, and in promoting the use of these perspectives to evaluate current design and delivery and suggest improved ways of working for the future. I am particularly interested in approaches which involve co-production. I understand the challenges inherent in evaluating complex programmes where both implementation and outcomes are informed by the local and national context and where the timescales and resources for delivery and evaluation are often limited. As a result, I am focused on working with clients to deliver robust evaluations which are feasible to conduct and which provide useful findings and insights for future programme development, policy and practice.”
Hannah’s experience includes:
- Project managing longitudinal, formative and summative evaluations of projects and services. These evaluations have focused on impact and process. Recent examples include: the national evaluation of the MEAM (Making Every Adult Matter) Approach; evaluations of two Enhanced Health in Care Homes Vanguards (part of the NHS new models of care programme); evaluation of a regional whole system approach to domestic abuse led by police forces and Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioner in the region; and evaluation of a voluntary-sector led programme to provide support to local authorities to improve their response to child trafficking and modern slavery.
- Supporting local authorities and partners with their response to domestic violence/violence against women and girls. Examples include strategic needs assessments, strategy development and action planning workshops.
- Undertaking research to inform understanding of current practice and/or provide examples of good practice. This has included: desk-based research and consultation for the Department for Education and Home Office into local authority support for non-EEA migrant children who are victims of modern slavery; desk-based research and consultation for the Welsh Government into education, training and employment pathways for young people involved in the criminal justice system; in-depth literature review for a provider of criminal justice services into good practice in learning and skills provision in the secure estate.
Hannah usually undertakes research and evaluation involving mixed methods, involving both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. However, she has also been involved in projects focusing on a single method (such as in-depth literature reviews or large-scale survey analysis). Her main areas of skill, interest and experience include:
- Developing theories of change, logic models and evaluation frameworks, including approaches based on co-production, stakeholder consultation and/or review of documentation.
- Qualitative consultation with wide-ranging stakeholder groups, such as service users, delivery staff, strategic and policy leads, commissioners, funders and community stakeholders.
- Visiting services and hubs to observe practice, map pathways and consult with staff and service users.
- Identifying and analysing performance and service use data to investigate the outcomes of programmes for service users.
- Synthesising information from multiple methods to produce clear and comprehensive reports for clients and other key audiences.
- Working with stakeholders to build on the findings of research and evaluation, including presenting and discussing findings and recommendations with different audiences, action planning and options appraisal.
Hannah has practical experience as a front-line worker in both prison and community-based services. This involved working with service users who had a range of different support needs, such as those who misuse drugs and alcohol, are involved in the criminal justice system, have mental health issues, are disabled, have physical health problems, have learning difficulties, and/or are living in poverty.
She has a BA from the University of Cambridge and an MRes in Social Policy from the University of York.
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Joshua has a First Class degree in Politics from Exeter University and an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics. He has experience working on research and evaluation projects for a range of public and third sector organisations. Prior to joining Cordis Bright he worked in public affairs, delivering detailed consultations for a range of clients including local authorities, care home providers and housing associations. This role entailed working closely with local communities, government and public sector stakeholders.
Joshua’s experience includes:
- Conducting research employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, including working with large data sets.
- Designing, conducting and analysing interviews, focus groups, and surveys for a range of stakeholders.
- Writing comprehensive literature and policy reviews.
- Analysing documentary evidence and financial performance data.
- Conducting academically robust literature reviews.
“At Cordis Bright our focus is on creating research that gives our clients a greater understanding of their services and leads to practical recommendations about how they can improve in the future. Delivering research that helps our clients to overcome the challenges they face and deliver better services is what I am passionate about doing.”
Joshua’s recent projects include:
- Evaluations of multiple Enhanced Health in Care Homes Vanguards across the country, as part of the NHS New Care Model programme.
- An evaluation of integrated intermediate care services across one local health board and three local authority areas in South Wales.
- Evaluation of an intervention programme for a London council, working with children and their families to promote economic and social integration in order to mitigate risk of vulnerability to negative outcomes.
- A review of support for looked after children with complex and escalating needs.
- An appraisal of the care home market in the South East of England.
- A longitudinal, multi-site evaluation of approaches to diagnosing and managing hypertension.
- A review of local approaches to commissioning child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation services.
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Karen has worked in project management and research and evaluation for voluntary, public and private sector organisations, working across a range of public sector and wider social issues. With a background in mixed methods social research, Karen is particularly interested in coproducing qualitative research with people with lived experience of the research topic, and the quantitative analysis of large datasets.
“Working on projects where our research findings can be progressed into service improvements for our clients, and better outcomes for the people they support, is one of the most rewarding elements to working at Cordis Bright. I particularly enjoy working on mixed methods projects, where perspectives from stakeholders and service users can help unpick and bring to life the trends shown in national statistics or monitoring data.”
Karen’s main areas of skill and experience are:
- Management and analysis of large datasets from a range of data sources including surveys, national statistics and performance monitoring data.
- Survey design and analysis.
- Use of data modelling techniques to examine risk factors and build predictive models.
- Qualitative consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including young people and adults at risk.
- Co-productive approaches to qualitative research.
- Conducting literature reviews.
- Triangulating data and analysis from a range of different sources to generate reliable and nuanced findings.
Karen’s recent and current projects include:
- The national evaluation of the MEAM Approach. This evaluation takes an explicitly collaborative approach. For example, the evaluation framework and methodology were co-produced with the staff delivering the services in the local areas; and we are working with peer researchers to design research tools, deliver the qualitative research and analyse the data collected.
- Victims needs assessment for South Wales OPCC. The methodology included consultation with victims and other stakeholders; a literature review on what works in delivering services for victims, witnesses and people affected by crime; a review of EU, UK and Welsh policy; mapping of local services; and analysis of quantitative data from the Crime Survey, police records and other locally held data concerning estimated prevalence of victimisation and demand for victims services.
- Mixed methods impact and process evaluations for Living Well UK, a programme which aims to develop new models of mental health support that will provide early access to help.
- A process, impact and economic evaluation of an Integrated IAPT pilot providing psychological therapy and support to people with Long Term Conditions. This mixed methods evaluation includes staff and patient semi-structured interviews, a staff survey and a comprehensive data study linking programme patient data with secondary healthcare utilisation data.
Karen has a MA (Hons) in French and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters with distinction in Social Research from Goldsmiths College. Karen also has frontline experience working in homelessness services, as an SEN teaching assistant and as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities.
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Bill has a first-class BA degree in English Literature/Spanish from Trinity College Dublin and an MPhil degree in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge. He has effectively designed and delivered a range of research and evaluation projects during his time at Cordis Bright across a range of topics, and has a particular interest in projects related to the social determinants of health and health-related outcomes. Prior to joining Cordis Bright, Bill worked in a diversity and inclusion think tank. Bill’s skills include:
- Conducting qualitative consultation including interviews, focus groups, and meeting observations, with a wide range of people including stakeholders, staff members, children and young people, and people facing multiple disadvantage.
- Working closely with peer researchers to design and deliver co-produced research and evaluation.
- Undertaking quantitative research analysis, including analysis of large sets of survey data and monitoring data.
- Conducting comprehensive document and literature reviews.
- Writing high-quality, accessible research reports, and producing other outputs, including briefings and concise summaries.
Bill’s recent and current projects include:
- National evaluation of the MEAM Approach, which aims to change the way people with complex and multiple needs are supported to engage and access services.
- Evaluation of the Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond programme, which brings together a consortium of national and community-based charities to provide assistance to children and young people adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown measures.
- Evaluation of a programme aimed at integrating learning around domestic abuse and healthy relationships into PSHE curricula in schools.
- Rapid evidence gathering project on the flexible responses from homelessness, substance misuse, mental health and criminal justice services during the coronavirus crisis.
- Evaluation of a whole-system approach to tackling domestic abuse across the North of England.
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Caitlin has a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Cordis Bright she worked for an education consultancy firm, conducting and reviewing research into governance and inspection practices in schools. Caitlin also has experience working in a think tank assessing the implications for the public sector of leaving the EU. Elsewhere, she has provided research and logistical support to women’s rights organisations and a national food bank charity.
Caitlin has a range of experience and expertise in conducting research. This includes:
- Qualitative research techniques including designing and conducting face-to-face and telephone interviews, thematic analysis and focus groups, with groups including young people and adults at risks.
- Producing state-of-the-field policy briefs.
- Collating and analysing documentary evidence.
- Quantitative research techniques, including analysis of large sets of survey and performance data.
- Conducting academically robust literature reviews.
- Quality assuring reports for publication.
“I enjoy the wide range of projects that we work on here at Cordis Bright, and I am proud of the breadth of expertise we possess. In particular, it is very gratifying to work with service users, and see first-hand the impact of the projects that we are helping to improve.”
Caitlin’s recent and current projects include:
- A multi-site evaluation of the delivery of Greater Manchester’s integrated health and social care system.
- A multi-site evaluation of a multi-disciplinary approach to delivering mental health services.
- A comprehensive needs assessment for victims of crime in South Wales.
- A needs assessment to inform the strategy of three large charitable providers of learning disability services in North London.
- A review of government policy regarding welfare, to inform the strategy of a UK charity.
- An evaluation of the reformed NHS 111 service.
- Quantitative analysis of Patient Reported Outcome Measures from an Integrated Practice Unit for psychosis.
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Suzie has a first-class degree in Education and English and an MEd with Distinction in Researching Practice from the University of Cambridge. Since joining Cordis Bright she has successfully designed and delivered research and evaluation projects covering a wide range of topics. Her skills and experience include:
- Conducting qualitative and quantitative research with large datasets.
- Designing and conducting interviews, observations, thematic analysis and focus groups.
- Engaging stakeholders in research and presenting findings to wide-ranging audiences.
- Managing large research projects, including the development of evaluation frameworks in collaboration with clients and stakeholders.
- Writing high-quality research reports, and comprehensive literature and policy reviews, as well peer-reviewing for research journals.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of working at Cordis Bright is the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders and service users. We draw upon their unique experiences and perspectives through high-quality research, producing reports which translate into real change for our clients and the communities they support.”
Suzie’s recent and current projects include:
- Reviews and evaluations of Early Learning interventions for families, including the use of home learning apps, and a review of the materials used by a home visiting programme aiming to support families with their children’s early development and nutrition.
- Evaluations of numerous Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes. This has involved gathering qualitative and quantitative data, engaging key stakeholders and service users and their families, as well as conducting and presenting the analysis in high-quality reports.
- The national evaluation of the MEAM Approach, which aims to change the way people with complex and multiple needs are supported to engage and access services. Suzie gained particular experience in co-producing the research tools with local areas and working alongside Experts by Experience to conduct interviews and fieldwork with staff and service users.
- Evaluating an intervention to divert children and young people away from violent crime.
- A review of local authorities’ social work practice, particularly in relation to modern slavery, trafficking and exploitation.
Prior to joining Cordis Bright, Suzie worked as a primary school leader, during which time she led a community-wide project in collaboration with the European Research Committee to increase social cohesion improve the attainment of children from low-income families. Suzie also has previous experience volunteering with children supported by children’s services and youth charities, and with homelessness services
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Anna has a BA degree in Human Geography from the University of Oxford and an MA degree in Geography Research from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has successfully delivered research and evaluation projects for a range of clients in different sectors since joining Cordis Bright.
“Using high-quality and robust research methods to support the insights and recommendations Cordis Bright produces for a range of clients is a highly gratifying part of my role, particularly as this often enables improved outcomes for service users and providers alike.”
Her skills and experience include:
- Qualitative consultation including semi-structured interviewing, observations, and focus groups, with a range of groups such as stakeholders, staff, children, and adults at risk of poor outcomes.
- Designing and analysing surveys for various participants including young children.
- Co-producing evaluations with peer researchers, including providing training in research and evaluation; co-designing research tools; and carrying out and analysing qualitative consultation collaboratively.
- Analysing large quantitative datasets from various sources, including monitoring data, surveys, and national statistics.
- Producing detailed outputs including reports and summaries.
- Project management.
Anna’s recent and current projects include:
- Evaluations of Blackpool Fulfilling Lives and the national Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Approach, both multi-year programmes aimed at changing systems and improving outcomes for adults experiencing multiple disadvantage (one or more of: frequent contact with the criminal justice system, mental health issues, substance misuse issues, and homelessness). Co-production with peer researchers forms a core part of both evaluations.
- Evaluation of Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond programme, a national DfE-funded programme which deploys national and community-based organisations to support children and young people adversely affected by COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdown.
- Multi-year evaluation of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Health and Social Care Partnership’s Local Care Approach, a system change programme aiming to integrate and improve health and social care commissioning and provision within Greater Manchester’s localities.
- Evaluation of The Children’s Society’s Disrupting Exploitation Programme, a national multi-year programme to change systems to better address the criminal exploitation of children and young people.
- Evaluation of NHSE’s Integration Accelerator Pilot in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS.
Prior to joining Cordis Bright, Anna worked in the homelessness sector, collecting and presenting rough sleeping data and supporting homeless adults. She also brings experience of working with children and young people and vulnerable adults through teaching English.
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Eleanor has a first-class degree in Linguistics & German and an MA with Distinction in Human Rights with Law from the University of Manchester. She has worked on designing and delivering research and evaluation projects across a variety of sectors since joining Cordis Bright, and has a particular interest in mental health and criminal justice. Prior to joining Cordis Bright, she worked as a researcher at a criminal appeals charity, where she worked mainly with the women's justice initiative. She also worked as a communication research specialist at a technology company. Eleanor has front-line experience working with at-risk groups in mental health and community projects, as well as with young people of primary and secondary school age.
Her skills and experience include:
- Qualitative consultation with a range of groups, including delivery staff, strategic stakeholders, community stakeholders, children and young people, and people facing multiple disadvantage.
- Quantitative analysis of large datasets from a range of sources, including surveys, national statistics and performance monitoring data.
- Working with peer researchers to co-produce research and evaluation.
- Writing high quality, accessible research reports that synthesise findings and provide actionable insights for clients.
- Designing research tools including surveys, interview topic guides and evaluation frameworks.
“The breadth of work and the opportunity to work with and conduct research into a variety of fascinating areas is my favourite part of the job at Cordis Bright. It’s fascinating to meet and learn from people who work in these sectors and those who use services, and the opportunity to make a real difference to their lives is extremely rewarding.”
Eleanor’s recent and current projects include:
- National evaluation of the MEAM Approach. The MEAM Approach aims to improve and coordinate care and support for people with multiple and complex health and care needs, including substance misuse, homelessness and mental health needs. This project works alongside peer researchers with lived experience of multiple and complex needs and takes an explicitly collaborative, co-productive approach to evaluation.
- Evaluation of the national Living Well programme. Living Well is a multi-site initiative led by Innovation Unit, which aims to introduce a new model for mental health and wellbeing services. The model takes a holistic, solutions-focused, whole person approach to mental health and wellbeing. The evaluation involves qualitative and quantitative consultation with stakeholders in the four Living Well sites across the UK to evaluate the implementation and impact of the programme.
- Evaluation of a domestic abuse programme in Doncaster for the DfE: This longitudinal evaluation involved in-depth consultation with stakeholders and social care staff, case file reviews and monitoring data analysis to evaluate the approach of whole family working and the use of domestic abuse champions to support victims/survivors and reduce repeat victimisation.
- Evaluation of a domestic abuse perpetrator programme for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. This mixed methods evaluation used evidence review alongside qualitative consultation to optimise learning around reducing perpetration of domestic abuse.
- Evaluation of the YOLO prevention initiative for young people at risk of involvement in crime. This initiative aimed to divert young people at risk of serious violence in Northumbria away from offending behaviour.
- Evaluation of Disrupting Exploitation, a prevention initiative for young people at risk of exploitation. This is a national, multi-site project delivered by The Children’s Society, working to prevent child criminal exploitation and child sexual exploitation in the UK.
- Evaluation of a health and wellbeing project in North London for people with learning disabilities. This two-year project by the Camden Society focused on reducing isolation and improving mental and physical health and wellbeing for people who used the service.
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Emma has a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Cambridge and an MSc with Distinction in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics. She has extensive experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods, with an intricate understanding of research design, fieldwork, and synthesising statistical analysis to produce coherent interpretations and conclusions.
Emma’s research skills include:
- Conducting robustly rigorous statistical analysis on large datasets, utilising quantitative methods such as statistical mediation and regression-based hypothesis testing to identify causality.
- Comprehensive analysis of academic journals and commercial reports to create in-depth literature reviews.
- Qualitative consultation with a range of groups including stakeholders, staff, children, and service users, using a range of techniques such as semi-structured interviews and focus groups.
- Designing and analysing surveys and qualitative responses to produce thematic insights and concise, coherent conclusions.
- Examining and dissecting the discourses and framings deployed by policymakers.
“The opportunity to work across such a wide range of projects, translating qualitative and quantitative findings into tangible change for both clients and service users, is one of the most gratifying elements of working at Cordis Bright.”
Emma's recent and current projects include:
- Evaluation and audit of BAME engagement with Haringey's IAPT programme, assessing barriers and solutions to BAME engagement with mental health service provision stemming from access, therapy adaptations, engagement with communities and service users, and workforce and staffing.
- Evaluation of Barnardo's See, Hear, Respond programme, a national DfE funded programme which utilised a network of organisations from across the VCSE sector to provide support to children and young people adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Evaluation of Small Steps Big Changes, a programme primarily aimed at improving outcomes for children under-5 and the wellbeing of their families who are experiencing multiple disadvantage.
- Evaluation of domestic violence perpetrator programmes for the Home Office and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, analysing efficacy and what works in improving outcomes.
Academically, Emma’s research has focussed on the gendered impacts of climate change, the creation of global care chains, the impact of statelessness on access to human rights and the impact of religiosity on both social trust and economic growth. Emma is motivated by research concerning a wide range of topics, primarily those assessing how gendered and racialised inequalities interact with and are perpetuated by current economic systems.
Prior to joining Cordis Bright, Emma worked in Human Resources at a housing association, analysing employee data and providing technical training to her colleagues. Emma also has extensive voluntary experience with organisations seeking to help vulnerable children and those experiencing homelessness.
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Rachel has a first-class BSc Psychology Degree (Industrial) from the University of Leeds. Prior to joining Cordis Bright, she worked as a Market Researcher in the Education, Sustainability and Membership sectors. During this time she worked on both qualitative and quantitative projects for clients including charities and medical membership bodies, as well as leading universities and academic journals, both UK and internationally based. As part of her degree, she also worked for a year at a charity, analysing and utilising secondary data, for example from the NHS and ONS, to aid the charity’s work in preventing and treating cancer. On top of this, Rachel has experience working in a nursing home and has volunteered with various organisations, including helping run a local holiday club for primary school children.
Rachel's skills include:
- Analysing large sets of quantitative data, using programmes such as SPSS, Q and Excel.
- Conducting and analysing in-depth semi-structured phone interviews with a variety of respondents.
- Utilising other qualitative methods such as mobile ethnography to gain useful insights.
- Creating comprehensive competitor grids.
- Survey design and analysis.
- In-depth report writing with actionable insights for clients, as well as producing more lay friendly and visual communications.
- Conducting desk research and utilising data from secondary sources.
Ross has a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Birmingham and an MSc Degree in Leadership and Custodial Environments with Distinction. Prior to joining Cordis Bright, Ross completed the Unlocked Graduates Leadership Development Programme, working on the frontline as a Prison Officer, while completing his MSc and working on policy. He has experience with the general prison population and vulnerable prisoners, as well as working on a specialised Separation Centre which housed extremist prisoners. During this time, Ross was a Becoming Trauma Informed Instructor, running a training package to increase staff awareness of trauma and integrate a more informed approach into their practice. He has also collaboratively developed ways to improve outcomes for minorities in custody as an Equality Representative and continues to be a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group for Unlocked Graduates.
Ross completed his research dissertation conducting a qualitative analysis into staff-prisoner relationships and prisoner involvement using a Critical Realist methodology. He has designed and written a Policy Paper to improve the use of prisoner time, which explored the meaning of ‘purposeful activity’ within prison legislation and inspectorate criteria. During this process he consulted with senior civil servants, policy makers, prison Governor’s and ex-prisoners.
Ross’ research skills include:
- Undertaking literature reviews on a range of topics.
- Producing detailed reports and summaries.
- Conducting interviews and focus groups with stakeholders and service users.
- Thematic analysis of qualitative data.
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Beth has a first-class BA degree in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick and an MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol.
Before joining Cordis Bright, Beth worked for several not-for-profit think tanks, employing qualitative and quantitative research methods to align public policy better towards people’s lived experiences. During her studies, Beth worked as a Research Assistant for the Inclusive Economy Initiative at the University of Bristol. In this, she analysed Bristol residents’ attitudes towards her local authority’s climate change strategy and explored the importance of considering accessibility when promoting individual behaviour change.
Beth brings the experience of working as a young carer for vulnerable adults and is motivated by research investigating the relationship between the gendered care economy and mental health outcomes.
Beth’s research skills include:
- Conducting face-to-face qualitative research, including semi-structured and unstructured interviews, focus groups and roundtable discussions.
- Collating and analysing qualitative and quantitative data, including analysis of survey and polling data and conducting discourse analysis on secondary data.
- Producing insightful briefs, literature reviews and drafting detailed action reports.
Julie has a BA (Hons) in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic and Persian) from the University of Cambridge and is currently working towards a part-time BSc in Computer Science at the University of London. Prior to joining Cordis Bright, Julie took part in the Charityworks graduate scheme, working across a variety of different services linked to the housing and homelessness sector, with her role focusing on information governance and data protection. This role entailed working closely with local government, law enforcement, healthcare and other public sector stakeholders. Julie also has experience using open-source intelligence to identify and geo-locate events, including human rights abuses, that could impact the political, economic and security landscape in Iran.
Julie’s skills include:
- Thematic analysis of qualitative data.
- Undertaking literature reviews on a range of topics.
- Producing detailed reports and summaries.
- Conducting focus groups with a range of groups including stakeholders, children and service users.
- Analysing large sets of quantitative data using programmes such as Excel and Tableau.
Lily has a first class BA in Social Anthropology from The School of Oriental and African Studies and an MSc with Distinction in Digital Anthropology from UCL. Previously, Lily’s research has focused on the intersection between technology and social issues, looking at topics such as gender, wellbeing, and housing. She is trained in digital research techniques and has used online platforms to conduct and present social research. Before joining Cordis Bright, Lily worked in a children’s charity where she engaged with beneficiaries and stakeholders to measure social impact.
Lily’s skills include:
- Conducting qualitative research, including structured, semi-structured, and unstructured interviews, and using anthropological techniques such as ethnography and participant observation.
- Rigorous thematic analysis of qualitative data.
- Researching and writing engaging and high-quality reports and literature reviews.
- Utilising innovative digital methods to conduct qualitative research, such as digital listening, social media ethnography, and virtual participant observation.
Helen has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Sussex and an MSc in Research for International Development with distinction from SOAS, University of London. Prior to joining Cordis Bright, Helen worked for a national safeguarding team, undertaking research into support services for survivors of abuse and the impact of safeguarding training. In addition, Helen has supported reviews of past safeguarding cases and audits of safeguarding arrangements and practices. Helen also has experience in an adoption agency, where she worked in partnership with therapists and local authorities to implement therapeutic programmes for adopted children who have experienced developmental trauma.
Helen’s Master’s research focused on healthcare access for migrant populations in the UK. Adopting a social determinants of health framework, she conducted primary research with asylum seekers and refugees to explore the contextual factors impacting their right to healthcare. This research highlighted the issue of racial discrimination in the implementation of NHS charging regulations for overseas visitors. Through voluntary work Helen campaigns for migrant rights to healthcare and supports the promotion of migrant voices within the community.
Helen’s research skills include:
- Developing strong, equitable relationships with service users and other stakeholders and undertaking qualitative consultation including interviews and focus groups.
- Strong writing skills including the ability to analyse and translate complex data into concise and easily accessible language, to produce quality literature reviews and reports.
- Comparative analysis of primary and secondary data to identify themes and draw reliable conclusions.
Sheila is in charge of Cordis Bright’s finances, and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She has a broad range of experience both in finance and operational management. She also has a degree in French and Italian.
“My contribution is to ensure that we are efficient and accurate in all our financial transactions; I take great satisfaction from analysing and explaining figures.”
Sheila has strong financial and mathematical skills, and as well as keeping impeccable records, can assist with all aspects of financial decision making. Whilst not part of the consultancy team in general, she has provided support on a number of projects:
- Setting up accounts and systems for a new venture
- Analysing and explaining Company accounts
- Investigating incomplete accounts
In house, Sheila is the provider of information regarding invoicing, as well as keeping all our financial records and management accounting information up to date and accurate.
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Julie is our Office Manager, she’s the go-to person in the team when something needs to be organised. Apart from arranging events and seminars, managing our communications, travel and office services, Julie is also responsible for our IT infrastructure, ensuring our ongoing compliance with Cyber Essentials Plus standards and keeping a watching eye on our Information Governance policies if our clients' - or statutory - requirements change. Julie also has a keen interest in national politics, she's an active campaigner and stood for Parliament in 2017 and 2019.
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Sarah has worked with Cordis Bright as an associate for three years and has a BSc in Social Research and BA in Criminal Justice. She worked for the National Probation Service for eight years before moving to the Home Office in 2007 where she worked for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) conducting inspections on Probation Services and Youth Offending Teams across England and Wales. Her role as an associate consultant involves working alongside our consultants in the Children’s and Young People’s Services undertaking audits for local authorities and Youth Offending Teams, developing and delivering training packages, and providing management support services.
“I take real pride in my work with Children’s Services. I see it as a valuable opportunity to contribute to the continued improvement and sharing of good practice amongst services, and increasing performance in risk and safeguarding.”
Sarah is highly skilled in evaluation and analysis of performance within Children’s Services and Youth Offending Teams. She has a wide range of skills and expertise in these fields and is a respected member of our team, delivering continued high quality insight into the work she audits. Her work includes:
- Auditing of Children’s Services cases and Youth Offending Teams to identify areas of good practice and areas for improvement. This includes specialist areas such as child protection cases and children with disabilities. Auditing of Youth Offending Team cases has frequently focused on risk assessment and safeguarding to improve understanding and raising performance levels in the assessment and management in these areas.
- Coaching of staff on a one-to-one basis to reflect on practice, recognise their own areas for improvement and improve skills in delivering work to a high standard.
- Coaching of managers to improve their ability to drive through change and improvement amongst their teams of staff.
- Developing and delivering training for practitioners on good practice in writing pre-sentence reports, assessment, risk of harm, safeguarding and case management.
- Research and evaluation work. Sarah’s experience includes working with our research team on local and national projects, e.g. early years, YJB initiatives, and more recently the Prevent programme.
The experience Sarah brings from her time with HMIP has meant that she has been effective in supporting organisations in the run up to inspections as well as post-inspection work. Whilst with HMIP she was also involved in conducting Thematic Inspections regarding MAPPA arrangements and Sex Offenders. She also has specialised knowledge on Domestic Violence and was a facilitator for the Domestic Violence Programme in the Probation Service. She has also worked in Prisons and Youth Offenders Institutions whilst with the Probation Service and has critical understanding of the issues arising from periods of incarceration and resettlement.
Julian works mainly with not-for-profit social care providers, with over 25 years’ experience of managing social care services and consultancy. He has an MBA from the Open University.
“I am passionate about helping organisations win, develop and manage high quality social care services and effective communication with staff and people who use services and the effective use of data to support business decision.”
Julian is skilled in helping organisations to identify and develop good practice and demonstrate this in order to win new business. This includes:
- Organisational reviews and business development for organisations, including older people’s support services for North Hertfordshire Homes, due diligence reviews of social care service acquisitions for Heart of England Housing and Care and One Group and market appraisal to identify potential new markets for a wide range of clients including Gwalia Group in South Wales, Heritage Care and Turning Point.
- Financial planning and modelling, including the identification of potential financial efficiencies and the development of pricing models. This includes the development of a service pricing model for Avenues Group to support the costing of new services. It also involves providing advice on new business opportunities, often as part of wider tender support.
- The review of social care services, including investigations into complaints and incidents. For instance, a review of home care contacting and monitoring arrangements in response to a Local Authority Ombudsman report; and investigations into concerns about individual social care services, including interviewing of front-line staff. Julian has also conducted reviews of management structures and evaluations of services against new CQC standards.
- Policy Development including the review and development of organisational policy and procedures for, Real Life Options, Places for People and Community Integrated Care, with a focus on the development of practical documents that support decision-making by front line staff. Julian also wrote the Learning Disability Campus Closure Workbook for the Department of Health’s Valuing People Team and is working on guidance on Provider Failure for the Department.
- Tender Support, including the provision of an editorial review role and the writing of tenders on behalf of organisations. Examples of this include a supporting the development of a significant PFI tender for extra care sheltered housing services; the writing of proposals for a large transfer of local authority care homes; tenders for the development of dementia care homes and for specialist employment support. Julian has provided editorial support for tenders. For all tenders the emphasis is on producing innovative tenders that meet the requirements of commissioners in ways that stand out from other providers.
Julian has been researching and presenting subjects for the Cordis Bright Social Care Briefing for 15 years, covering a wide range of topics but usually focusing on analysis of data that helps providers to understand their markets.
Julian is based in London and Manchester.
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Christine is an independent safeguarding children and vulnerable adults consultant. She has 25 years’ experience of multi-agency working in children and families social care and the domestic abuse sector, including working with perpetrators.
Christine has an economics degree and has training in finance and contract law; she has worked as an economist and corporate banker. Christine also has a sound therapeutic training and practiced in a therapeutic community with children and adults.
Altogether, this breadth of experience underpins Christine’s expertise in creating strategic and operational, commissioning and service delivery frameworks at national, regional and local levels. She thoroughly understands the public, private and voluntary sector multi-agency service delivery agenda for children, families and vulnerable adults. And because she is knowledgeable about child and adolescent (and adult) development and the impact of trauma she is good at keeping the needs and outcomes for the service user at the heart of the service.
Christine’s current work includes national initiatives, projects at regional and local government level and also direct work with children and families, young people and vulnerable adults. Past work, at national and local level, has included developing strategy and policy; writing practice procedures and toolkits; delivery, monitoring and change management of services; piloting new approaches e.g. payment by results; scrutiny and quality assurance.
“I work with Cordis Bright because of their integrity, the strength of their commitment to quality and their collaborative, ‘can do’ approach – these make for a good project experience for clients and staff, and results we can all be proud of.”
Christine is currently doing a professional doctorate on teenage intimate partner abuse at the International Centre, University of Bedfordshire.
Joel has experience both in relation to criminological and forensic research, and clinical psychology practice in forensic settings. Joel has an MSc in forensic psychology (University of Kent), a PhD in criminology (University of Cambridge) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Manchester). He is currently a lecturer in clinical psychology and is programme lead for the MSc in clinical forensic psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He continues to work clinically in the criminal justice system. His research interests are in rural life and youth justice, the psychosocial experience of imprisonment, and mental health interventions for people who have offended.
His recent experience is as follows:
- His PhD focused on the psychosocial experience of young adults in prison and included a study on self-harming behaviour (Harvey 2007, Young men in prison: surviving and adapting to life inside, Willan).
- He is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist and has worked for eight years in forensic settings, with both adults and young people. As part of his clinical psychology training he completed a study with prison officers on perceived physical health, psychological distress and social support (Harvey 2014, The Prison Journal).
- He has been a research associate on a project funded by the Ministry of Justice’s Safer Custody Group (the Safer Locals Programme Evaluation) and a KPMG Foundation Study on the evaluation of a staff training programme for staff working with young people in STCs and YOIs. He has spent several years researching prisons. He has also worked as a research officer for HM Prison Service on the development team of OASys and also as a research officer with the New South Wales Police Service, Australia.
- He has co-edited the books Psychological therapy in prisons and other secure settings (Harvey and Smedley 2010, Willan), and Young people in forensic mental health settings: psychological thinking and practice (Rogers, Harvey and Law, 2015).
Ceri is an associate at Cordis Bright. She brings 29 years’ experience of working in the not-for-profit sector, including ten years in HIV/AIDS and human rights work as a policy analyst, campaigner and director of a legal centre. As a freelance consultant she has worked with a wide range of organisations and has developed a specialism in refugee and migration issues as well as human rights. Her work has included a wide range of research, evaluation and review projects for both national and international organisations as well as practical work as a coach and facilitator with individuals and teams. She is a trained coach (passing her practical examination with distinction), and a director of MigrationWork CIC and On the Tin Ltd. Ceri has a degree in Modern Languages (French and Italian) from the University of Oxford.
Ceri’s experience includes:
- Evaluations both large and small-scale. Ceri has led on numerous evaluations of programmes, projects and organisations to assess their impact. Her work has recently included evaluating projects aimed at enhancing legal provision to asylum seekers and refugees (for Comic Relief, Refugee Action and Paul Hamlyn Foundation) as well as looking at the impact of funding programmes such as UNHCR’s Border Management and Protection of Refugees programme (in Central Europe), the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants, and the Big Lottery’s BASIS programme which funded of a national programme of capacity building for community groups.
- Research. Ceri has authored numerous research reports into various social justice issues, in particular in relation to migrant issues. She is used to gathering and analysing a wide range of information and presenting it in an engaging way. She was the Head of Policy Development at the National AIDS Trust in the 1990s when she authored a range of public-facing reports, and more recently has co-authored The Destitution Trap for Refugee Action and researched a range of reports on legal advice for migrants including recently for both the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and for Toynbee Hall.
- Formative evaluation (coaching). Increasingly Ceri has been engaged as a ‘formative evaluator’, providing support to projects and programmes in ‘real time’ and feeding back findings to them as they go on. She has done this with European programmes as well as for UK projects and learning networks.
- Involvement of users in evaluation and review. Ceri has a range of participatory techniques for both engaging and consulting with users from programmes. She is working on the Cordis Bright evaluation of the Blackpool Fulfilling Lives programme (training community researchers to contribute to the collection of evaluation data) and recently evaluated the Right Here programme which was about developing mental health services for young people.
- Organisational review. Ceri has conducted numerous strategic reviews to enable organisations to assess their impact, take stock of their current positioning and devise future strategies to be even more effective. For example she worked with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and the Human Dignity Trust to review their work, facilitating staff and trustees to discuss emerging findings and identify new strategic priorities.
- Coaching and training. Ceri has written and delivered hundreds of training courses on strategic, management and communications issues and is an associate at the Directory of Social Change and the Centre for Strategy and Communication. She is also a trained coach and works with individuals at senior level to help them identify goals and improve their performance.
Yvette is a registered social worker. She has worked with local authority social services departments at practitioner and management levels. She has supported over 48 local authorities, as well as other agencies supporting children, young people and their families.
“I believe that it is important for a consultant to keep up-to-date with developments in practice to ensure that we are improving outcomes for children and young people. I have worked for extended periods of time working alongside senior managers within local authorities to bring about sustainable changes in practice.”
Yvette has considerable knowledge in the fields of private and public law regarding children, young people and families. She is currently involved in working with a number of local authorities around safeguarding children, including work with Local Safeguarding Children Boards, performance management, coaching and mentoring leadership teams and working with Youth Offending Teams.
Recent projects include:
- Working with a local authority in the North West to bring about substantial and sustained change in improving outcomes for children, young people and families, with a particular focus on safeguarding and child protection. Yvette’s role included: completing case file audits, one-to-one coaching and mentoring of managers and social workers, provision of intensive leadership and management support, and quality assuring internal reviews of services (e.g. Safeguarding Unit and Early Intervention Team).
- Contributing to the evaluation of a pilot programme designed to improve outcomes-based planning within social work teams.
- Designing and facilitating Advanced Social Work training, focused on improved assessment, more robust care planning and improved engagement of children and families in decision-making.
- Project director for the evaluation of the Wales Child Death Review Pilot Project. This project involved liaison with a wide range of stakeholders including local authorities, police, health, coroners and courts
- Providing intensive leadership and management support to a local authority on safeguarding and child protection following a notice to improve following an inspection. It involved placing Yvette as interim Assistant Director for Safeguarding. The project included close liaison with the senior leadership team within Children’s Services and corporately, support for the LSCB and examining policy, procedure and practice.
Other relevant work experience includes advice and support on social work-related practice for:
- Children and young people who were victims of paedophile ring.
- Unaccompanied minors where English was not their first language. Which required working with interpreters.
- Young women who were sexually exploited.
- Children and young people groomed by a major crime family to take part in criminal activities.
These vulnerable children and young people required Yvette to be sensitive to their cultural needs, mistrust of adults and respect their individual needs including differing interview techniques. Yvette is able to quickly build relationships with children and young people by being flexible and understanding of their experiences.
Before working for Cordis Bright, Yvette worked as an inspector for the Commission for Social Care Inspection. She has had experience of youth offending, children's services, residential care (including the secure estate) and voluntary sector inspections. During her time with the Inspectorate she was seconded to MCSI (Magistrate Court Service Inspectorate) inspecting CAFCASS, and latterly to HMIP inspecting YOTs.
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Hannah holds a First Class degree with distinction in Sociology from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Sociocultural Anthropology from Brown University. She is currently a PhD student at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, where her research focuses on transnational organised crime and the criminalisation of migrant women. Hannah has also worked as a researcher and volunteer within the criminal justice sector, and has experience of working with groups including: women and young people with lived experience of the criminal justice system and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Hannah’s skills and experience in research include:
- Designing, conducting, and analysing data from semi-structured interviews and focus groups.
- Ethnographic research including participant observation.
- Writing and presenting comprehensive literature and policy reviews.
- Project management.
Katie has a BA (Hons) from the University of Cambridge in Social and Political Sciences, MSc in Psychology from the Open University, and PhD in Psychology from the University of Greenwich. She has over ten years research experience and specialises in working with children and young people to design and conduct research and analyse these findings.
Katie worked at Cordis Bright as a Researcher for two and a half years, before going to complete her PhD , in which she conducted a longitudinal study in schools to develop understanding of children's peer-related behaviours. Katie then continued this research during her post-doctoral position at the University of Greenwich, and worked at the University of Essex as a Psychology Lecturer. Most recently, Katie undertook the roles of Principal Research Officer and Research Manager for the National Children's Bureau. Currently, Katie also works for the Open University as an Associate Lecturer on their Psychology and Education modules.
“I am passionate about the difference research can make to the lives of children, young people and adults. I also believe it is important to include them in the design of research and output, to enhance the impact of findings.”
Katie is highly skilled in both quantitative and qualitative research design, fieldwork, analyses, and project management. She is experienced in bidding and leading research for a range of clients such as foundations, local authorities, charities, and universities. She is skilled across a range of research methods including: interviews across several mediums; focus groups; surveys; and observations. Katie is also experienced in: quantitative and statistical analysis; thematic analysis; and content analysis.
Some of her most recent work has specialised in research related to children and young people in the following areas:
- Children missing education - interviews with children aged four years upwards; their parents/carers; local authority workforce.
- The impact of reading in foster families - surveys and interviews with foster carers and children.
- The association between poverty and relationships - statistical analyses of longitudinal data from the Millennium Cohort Study.
- The impact of a reading programme for two years olds - surveys, interviews and training evaluation with pre-school staff and parents/carers.
- The impact of a programme across Europe reducing obesity in adolescence - interviews with programme leaders, and surveys and interviews with young people.
- Experiences of local authority workforce supporting children and young people displaying sexually harmful behaviours - training provided to local authority staff to conduct their own local research.
- Families' experiences of paediatric services - interviews, focus groups and surveys with parents/carers and medical stakeholders.
- A review of tools for assessing need amongst children with disabilities.
- Cognitive development and peer-related behaviour amongst children aged four to seven years - cognitive activities and interviews with young children, and surveys with teaching staff.
Furthermore, Katie is an advocate for, and has led on the training and inclusion of Young Research Advisors to design and understand research findings. Katie also has a range of research experience with: deafblind adults, adults with learning disabilities, older adults and parents/carers.
Jono has a BA and MPhil from the University of Cambridge.
“I am passionate about producing research which helps policy makers to take decision that can most benefit others. I particularly value directly engaging with stakeholders and service users in order to draw on upon their insights and expertise; perspectives that are invaluable when evaluating existing programmes and planning for the future.”
Jono is highly skilled in desk-based research and fieldwork. His experience includes:
- Reviewing literature, policy and best practice on issues ranging from risk factors associated with gang membership to care market sustainability and supporting veterans in transition. This has informed service development, training provision and central government guidance.
- Quantitative analysis of demographic sources such as Census reports and local- and regional-level public health material. This data has been used to better understand the local contexts in which projects are taking place.
- Conducting qualitative interviews with a wide range of stakeholders and service users, from gang members to healthcare professionals, to gather their perspectives on projects/services. These have been conducted face-to-face and by telephone, and in structured and semi-structured environments.
- Qualitative analysis of information obtained through focus groups and interviews. Analyses which have sought to understand the opinions and experiences of key stakeholders have contributed to project evaluations designed to enhance service delivery.
- First-hand experience of advocating on behalf of service users with a range of vulnerabilities and support needs, such as those whose family members are involved in the criminal justice system, are seeking support for mental illness, are disabled, have physical health problems, have learning difficulties, and/or are living in poverty.