and Deputy Director, PIRU
15-17 Tavistock Place
I have over 30 years experience of applied health and social research and policy evaluation, with a particular focus on survey and evaluation methods. Before joining LSHTM, I worked at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) in the UK, where I was director of the Health Research Group and the Survey Methods Centre.
Since 2011, I have been Deputy Director of the Department of Health-funded Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU). PIRU includes experts in health and social care research and evaluation methodolgy in order to improve evidence-based policy-making and its implementation across the NHS, public health and social care (www.piru.ac.uk/). Recent PIRU projects include evaluations of the Integrated Care and Support Pioneers, the implementation of the UK's anti-microbial resistance strategy, and the Heatwave Plan for England. I am also currently involved in a project looking at improving quality in general practice in the UK.
With colleagues from LSHTM, UCL and NatCen, I was a co-applicant on the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) from 1997-2016, the largest repeated survey on sexual behaviour in the world. As part of Natsal, I led a methodological project which compared results obtained from web surveys with those from the main Natsal CAPI/CASI survey to determine the representativeness of UK web panels and whether data collection via the web was appropriate for Natsal.