I have worked in social policy and community engagement for over a decade. My work has spanned research, evaluation and policy development: it has always had citizen engagement at its core, as well as a focus on promoting social, economic and environmental justice.
I started my career at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), a think and ‘do’ tank working to improve the economy so it serves people and the planet. While at NEF I led large scale research and evaluation programmes, developing expertise in participative research methods that involved citizens. A big focus of my work at NEF was on public sector innovation, including how to change the commissioning process so that it was more focused on promoting outcomes and embedding co-production into the way services are designed and delivered.
I was awarded a Clore Social Fellowship in 2015 (support by the Friends Provident Foundation) which enabled me to undertake a secondment with the Office for Civil Society, and complete an international research project into how Think Tanks have impact.
Most recently I have worked at the Greater London Authority (GLA), leading the Mayor’s Social Policy and Communities Unit. In this role I led a team of 26 with a budget of three million, delivering on key Mayoral priorities including London’s social integration strategy, poverty and equalities, civil society and community engagement.
I am also a Churchill Fellow 2019 and a Non-Executive member of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Tower Hamlets, with board level responsibility for patient and public involvement and equalities.
Closer to home, I am the Chair of Haringey Giving and I volunteer with MHMC Welcome – a community sponsorship group for Syrian refugees setting in Haringey.