Partnership Delivery Team

The Delivery Partnership Team is responsible for designing, developing and delivering the services and activities of the LPIP Hub.

Rebecca Riley 

Principal Investigator (PI) and Director of the LPIP Hub
City-REDI, University of Birmingham

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Rebecca joined City-REDI as Administrative Director in September 2015, leading on the strategic direction of the Institute especially in relation to consultancy work and partnership development.

She is currently an Associate Professor for Enterprise, Engagement and Impact at the University of Birmingham.

She brings with her experience in the private consultancy sector providing the Idox Information Service to clients across the higher education, local government and national policy sectors. Prior to this she was Head of Research at the Northwest Regional Development Agency and led a regional economic observatory, providing the evidence base for regional, local and policy specific strategies and programmes.

She has managed over 200 projects across all local government policy areas, designing, advising, commissioning, collaborating and delivering research services. Her focus has been on regional and local economic intelligence and analysis services, forecasting and skills. 

She recently completed a secondment at the West Midlands Combined Authority as the Head of Research and Office for Data Analytics. 

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Elizabeth Goodyear 

Programme Manager
City-REDI, University of Birmingham

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Liz has worked at the University of Birmingham for 14 years, joining WMREDI as Programme Manager in May 2021. Liz joined the team from the University of Birmingham ESRC IAA account, where she was a project manager. Liz has also held several other roles at the University, including being a central member of the team responsible for the Research Excellence Framework Assessment in both 2014 and 2021 submissions and as Executive Assistant to various members of the Strategic Planning Office Senior Management Team.

In her current role within WMREDI and City-REDI, Liz woks across 30+ projects within the research centre, providing milestone tracking, stakeholder management, risk management and the review and audit of projects to improve effectiveness and efficiency of key performance indicators. Alongside her role of managing current projects, Liz also supports all bids across the team and recently led on a programme to integrate of Asana Project Management Software to support the Centre.

Liz is a PRINCE 2 Practitioner and recently obtained her Masters Degree in Project Management and Organisational Communications.

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Annette Boaz

Professor of Health and Social Care
King's College London

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Annette Boaz is a Professor of Health and Social Care at King's College London.

She has more than 25 years of experience in supporting the use of evidence across a range of policy domains. She was part of one of the largest UK investments in the evidence use landscape, the ESRC Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice and a Founding Editor of the Journal Evidence & Policy.

She has undertaken an international leadership role in promoting the use of evidence, recently publishing a new book on evidence use ‘What Works Now’.  She has a particular research interest in stakeholder involvement, the role of partnerships in promoting research use and implementation science.

Annette is a fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and is a member of the WHO European Advisory Committee on Health Research. She currently seconded part-time to the Government Office for Science and is leading a large NIHR project setting up and evaluating research practice partnerships. 

Professor Chris Chapman

Chair in Educational Policy and Practice (Educational Leadership & Policy)
University of Glasgow

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Dr James Davies

Research Fellow
University of South Wales

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James' work is focused on the regional impacts of creative clusters, with particular interest given to the interactions between the clusters themselves, and higher education institutions both in and around them. The project aims to use the creative clusters in the West Midlands and Cardiff City Region as a basis for comparison. His research interests centre around the Creative and Cultural Industries, including creative industry employment and recruitment, organisational change and fragmentation, negotiation of industrial boundaries and processes of recruitment.

James completed his PhD in labour market entry in the UK TV industry at Cardiff University in 2021. His research, funded by an ESRC scholarship, explores the patterns of recruitment and labour market entry through the accounts of young and recent freelance workers in UK TV. James has an MSc, also from Cardiff University, in which he explored the viability of crowdfunding business models for artists in the music industry, from the perspective of those who contributed. Additionally, James taught undergraduate tutorials in Cardiff Business School on the institution’s Business and Management course.

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Sophie Duncan

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

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Abigail Gilmore

Senior Lecturer, Programme Director for Arts Management and Cultural Policy
University of Manchester

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Abi has been researching local and urban strategies for arts, culture, creative industries and placemaking for over twenty years, beginning with a PhD on urban music policies and cultural scenes, followed by postdoctoral research on national ‘grand projets’ and local cultural strategies, and a five-year role outside of Higher Education as founding Director of the regional cultural consortium’s Culture Observatory working within local government, the arts and cultural sector and regional agencies across the North West (2004 – 2009).

Recent project have including the AHRC Connected Communities large-grant project Understanding Everyday Participation - Articulating Cultural Value (2012-2018) and the AHRC Policy and Evidence Centre for Creative Industries (2018 – 2023). She currently leads the Manchester Urban Institute’s theme on Creative Placemaking and ‘Beyond the Creative City’, an international network on cultural districts and place-based policy with the University of Toronto and University of Melbourne. 

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Anne Green

Professor of Regional Economic Development
City-REDI, University of Birmingham

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Anne Green joined the University of Birmingham as Professor of Regional Economic Development in June 2017. Her research interests span employment, non-employment, regional and local labour market issues, skills strategies, urban and rural development, migration and commuting, associated policy issues and evaluation.

She has published in high profile journals and has written numerous reports for UK Government Departments and agencies. Anne is experienced in disseminating the results of her research to academic, policy and practitioner audiences.

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Professor Kathryn Higgins

Founder and Director, Queen’s Communities and Place (QCAP)
Queen's University Belfast

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Professor Kathryn Higgins (PhD) is a Professor of Social Science and Health at QUB. Kathy is the founder and Director of QCAP. She has published widely in the areas of adolescent development as well as programme evaluation/implementation science and methodological innovation.

She is an experienced research leader having directed two multi-disciplinary research centres at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) - the Institute of Childcare Research (2007-2019) and the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (2019-2021).

Her recent appointment as Director of ‘Queen’s Communities and Place’ consolidates her extensive experience in leading research consortiums around community health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations, particularly children and young people.

She has attracted funding from prestigious sources such as the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Northern Ireland Executive and individual Ministerial Departments of the Executive.

She has led the longitudinal Belfast Youth Development Study (BYDS) over the past two decades, tracking the development of young people’s substance use, alongside mental health, educational outcomes, family and peer relationships and criminal behaviour.

She is a member of several policy advisory committees such as the North South Advisory Committee on alcohol she is currently appointed as co-opted member if the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) Young People’s Recovery Committee advising on young people’s drug use and treatment across the UK.

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Sarah Longlands

Chief Executive
Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

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Sarah leads CLES, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, the National Organisation for local economies and based in Manchester.   She is an expert in regional and local economic development and argues for economic and social justice and the creation of places which enable people to live good lives.

Before joining CLES in 2021, Sarah was Director of IPPR North, the dedicated think tank for the North of England.  She previously worked for CLES until 2011 and began her career in local government, working in County Durham and North Yorkshire.  She has a PhD in Urban Studies from the University of Glasgow.

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Paul Manners

Founding Director
National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement

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Paul Manners is Associate Professor in Public Engagement at UWE Bristol and founding director of the UK’s National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). 

The NCCPE was established in 2008 to support universities to embed innovative approaches to involving the public in their work.  The NCCPE is widely recognised for its expertise in supporting organisational change, partnership working, impact assessment and innovation in engagement. 

The NCCPE is also a founding partner of the UK’s Civic University Network. Paul trained as an English teacher before working at the BBC for 18 years, responsible for a number of broadcast-led public engagement campaigns.  He was chair of the National Trust’s advisory group on Collections and Interpretation from 2007 to 2023.    

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Jeffrey Matsu

Chief Economist
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) 

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Jeffrey Matsu is Chief Economist at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and a Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

With extensive experience in connecting policy with practice through evidence-based research, he works with partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.

Previously, Jeff was responsible for market analysis and thought leadership at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and co-led the economy theme at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE).

He was also a senior economist at Morgan Stanley and served on the research staff at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington DC.

Jeff holds degrees in economics from the University of Washington and Johns Hopkins University.

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Kathryn Oliver

Professor of Evidence and Policy
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London

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Kathryn is Professor of Evidence and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London. Her work focuses on the use of evidence in policy environments, particularly looking at formal and informal science advisory mechanism, and on the different interventions and approaches used by government, funders and academia to catalyse knowledge exchange. Her projects have focused on initiatives in the US, the EU and the UK, working predominantly with national and local governmental partners. She is – with Annette Boaz – the co-Director of Transforming Evidence, an international collaborative aiming to bring together the interdisciplinary communities which study the production and use of evidence.

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Jamie Ounan

Inner Circle Consulting

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Jamie Ounan is a founding Director of Inner Circle Consulting. He has over 20 years of public service leadership and consulting experience in city planning and development, service design from strategy to delivery, and a track record of building teams that provide innovative and effective solutions to complex challenges in the public sector. Currently Jamie leads the Inner Circle team in their mission to create prosperous places and transformed public services to unlock a better future for all.

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Kiran Trehan

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnership and Engagement, Professor of Entrepreneurship,Director, Centre for Women’s Enterprise, Leadership & Diversity (WE LEAD)
University of York

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Professor Trehan is an internationally recognised scholar in knowledge exchange, engagement and impact. Her research specialises in how diversity and inequality is experienced by minority groups; she has longstanding research experience of the key issues affecting minorities in business and communities and has led an extensive number of ESRC and AHRC funded research activities which are distinguished by user engagement, innovation, and community orientation.

Professor Trehan work has helped cast new light on academic debate, the research findings have been influential in shaping national and European policy including the OECD, as well regional communities. She has studied and led engagement and impact projects across a range of contexts and disciplines to illuminate what works and why. Her work on how engagement and knowledge transfer has been leveraged to generate deep and sustainable change through the research, developed evidenced based tools to ensure research impact changes the way we generate and share knowledge that facilitates purposeful and beneficial change. Through robust, evidenced led research her work has developed new approaches to the use of research in supporting and delivering policy and practitioner engagement, learning and impact.

As a Co-Investigator Professor Trehan Chairs the National Engagement Group (NEG) for the ESRC Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre. The purpose of the NEG is to support national policy engagement, provide advice on policy, practice and research developments and opportunities, and ensure effective connections between the ESRC Centre and relevant national stakeholders and user groups. The NEG will also serve to support and enhance the dissemination and application of the research and innovation, with a particular remit to support the Centre’s impact and engagement strategy. It is intended that the NEG will facilitate and foster strategic discussions and help initiate system-level thinking and new multi-sectoral working to support and advance the Centre’s aims. The National Engagement Group fulfils the ESRC-described role of ‘advisory board’.

As such it has responsibility for overseeing the activities of the Centre and the development of the ESRC Grant's strategy and programme of work.

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Carly Walker-Dawson

Head of Capacity Building

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Carly is the Head of Capacity Building at Involve. She leads a variety of projects inside and outside of public institutions that aim to build capacity to embed the processes, skills, structures and cultures needed for effective public participation in decision-making. In practice, this includes developing and delivering training and mentoring programmes, providing strategic guidance and support to decision-makers and organisations, creating and sustaining networks, and developing good practice resources and thought leadership.

Carly is also a freelance trainer and practitioner in non-formal education, specialising in inclusion and intersectionality. She has an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has written and edited several educational publications on topics such as sexuality and gender, the inclusion of refugees and migrants, and inclusive sex education. Outside of Involve, Carly is the Chair of the Riverside Community Health Project, a local organisation in the West End of Newcastle that works to challenge poverty and systemic inequalities. 

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Dr Vicky Ward

Reader in Management and Director of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU)
University of St Andrews

UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum 

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Vicky Ward is Reader in Management at the University of St Andrews, Director of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU) and Chair of the UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum

She has spent the last 15 years researching aspects of knowledge mobilisation and knowledge sharing across the health and social care and other sectors, with a particular focus on how diverse groups of people (practitioners, academics, communities) create and share knowledge with each other. She has a particular interest in knowledge mobilisation frameworks, knowledge brokering, knowledge co-production and embedded research and has published a range of peer-reviewed papers focusing on her original research in these areas.

For the past 2 years she has held a Parliamentary Academic Fellowship with the UK’s Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology to study how parliaments across the world access and harness academic research.

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Jane Wills

Professor of Geography
University of Exeter

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Jane Wills is Professor of Geography at the University of Exeter, based on the Cornwall campus. She has long-standing research interests in the changing geography of employment, labour supply and collective organisation. She has also explored the development of community organising and living wage campaigns. Recent books cover the geography of political institutions and their implications for democratic engagement (in Locating Localism, 2016) as well as the social processes of knowledge production (in the Power of Pragmatism, 2020). Her most recent research has explored localising and democratising goal-based democracy in relation to sustainability. This activity focuses on place-based organisation and mobilisation for change.

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