What’s the story?
I love research and I love helping people. I love dogs and running too, but you don’t need to know that.
I worked in the public sector for nearly a decade. For the last few years I managed an in-house research agency, providing services to internal and external clients. I worked with and for some great people.
I also love where I live. A place called Pendle on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire. For years I commuted to Greater Manchester and the bright lights of Blackpool.
I felt like it was time for a change. I’ve always had the ambition to set up on my own, so I went for it.
Why do I focus on the public, cultural and not-for-profit sectors?
I’ve worked with organisations in the public sector for years. It’s what I know. Getting the most from a tight budget. I believe you can deliver big insights and big impact without always needing a big budget.
I want to use my research skills and expertise more with organisations in the cultural sector, from museums and libraries to galleries and theatres. I’m an active member of the Museum Freelance Network as well as the Visitor Studies Group.
I also sometimes work with organisations outside of the public and cultural sectors, including charities and trade associations, and help out other agencies and research teams on a freelance basis.
What I’m not?
I’m not a full service agency with an army of researchers and field services. If you’ve got a massive project in mind, you should probably go with them.
I’m not an academic. If you need research or evaluation with some real academic rigour, that’s not me.
And I’m not a techie analyst. Systems, computer programming and SQL aren’t my thing.
Where can you find me?
You can get in touch with me directly if you want to have a chat about an upcoming piece of work. Even if you’re just after a bit of advice, I’m happy to help if I can. I’ll tell you if I’m not the right person and where you might want to look instead.
You’ll find me mostly on Twitter and LinkedIn (when I’m not busy with client work or walking the dogs).
I also send out a monthly email about research, data and freelancing. You should sign up. I donate £1 to Crohn’s and Colitis UK for every new subscriber.
Why should you work with me?
I’m a one-person business. You always deal with me. And there’s only one me.
People say they like working with me. So that’s nice.
I can’t do everything, but I know plenty of good recruiters, field agencies and freelancers when we do need to bring in help.
I take what I do seriously. From investing in specialist software and training to GDPR compliance and industry accreditation, I think I’ve got it covered.
And I love what I do. Have I mentioned that? Work with me and you’ll see.