My experience

I’m a freelance data science, analysis and visualisation consultant based in London. I have a passion for data storytelling and making analytical insights accessible to all, particularly for the public good. I’m also an advocate for code-based, reproducible and open-source approaches to analysis. I have subject matter expertise in the areas of public governance, organisational effectiveness, workforce development and employee engagement.

For the past 15 years (December 2006 to July 2022) I have worked as a social researcher, analyst and data scientist in the UK Civil Service, save for a year (2016-2017) working for the OECD’s Observatory of Public Sector Innovation. I hold a BSc in Geography from University College London (2002) and an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics from City University, London (2010).

My primary research experience includes designing and running large scale surveys, conducting in-depth interviews and focus groups, and research commissioning. My statistical skills include regression modelling, factor analysis, cluster analysis, multi-level modelling, machine learning and natural language processing (NLP).

I am a skilled communicator of data and analysis to a wide range of audiences both technical and non-technical, from the most senior officials and analysts in the UK government to front-line managers; and, an accomplished workshop designer and facilitator.

In my analytical and data science activities I usually work in R, alongside HTML, CSS and JavaScript. However, I also have experience of working with a range of technologies/software including: Python, SQL (MySQL and Postgres), Stata, SPSS, QGIS, ArcGIS for data analysis projects, as well as experience of working with the AWS, GCP and Microsoft Azure cloud environments.

CV of prior employment

2021 to 2022
Cabinet Office
London, UK
Head of Analysis & Insight Data Innovation
Leading a small data innovation team within the wider Analysis & Insight directorate, focussed on helping other teams make better use of their data through the application of modern tools and techniques. Promoting a code first approach to statistics and data analysis, implementing reproducible analytical pipelines workflows, developing software packages (largely in R) that help these goals.
2017 to 2020
Cabinet Office
London, UK
Head of Strategic & International Analysis
Lead on analysis of organisational effectiveness of and strategic priorities for the UK Civil Service's senior leadership to help them think critically and deliver the vision of the Cabinet Secretary of A Brilliant Civil Service. The role also involved international comparative analysis of the UK's Civil Service with the civil service in other countries through the International Civil Service Effectiveness (InCiSE) project, and working level lead for the UK's relationship with the OECD's Public Governance Committee.
2016 to 2017
Paris, FR
Policy analyst, Observatory of Public Sector Innovation
Policy analyst role in the OECD's Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI), lead for skills and capabilities for public sector innovation and public employment issues. Lead on the development of new approaches to facilitating OPSI meetings, providing more interactive sessions that enhance information sharing and discussion between meeting participants. Supported OPSI's study of public sector innovation practice in the federal Public Service of Canada, the first ever OECD country-study of public sector innovation.
2011 to 2015
Cabinet Office
London, UK
Head of Employee Research
Responsibility for the delivery of the Civil Service People Survey, including briefing the Head of Civil Service, Cabinet Secretary, Ministers and other senior officials on survey results and analysis. Coordinating the cross-government Employee Engagement Programme supporting departments and agencies, including providing targeted advice and facilitation to senior officials, to improve productivity and wellbeing. Delivering ad-hoc employee research and analysis projects to support corporate management of the Civil Service. Managing a multi-disciplinary team of four including research, HR, and project management professionals.
2009 to 2010
Cabinet Office
London, UK
Senior Research Officer
Developed methodological and analytical approach for the Civil Service People Survey, including devising and agreeing the questionnaire, statistical and analytical methods, and designing reporting products. Analysis of the People Survey results for senior officials and cross-Civil Service stakeholders. Ad-hoc social research support to HR and other Cabinet Office customers, including devising an approach to monitor the socio-economic background of senior officials which has gone on to inform monitoring practice throughout government.
2006 to 2009
HM Revenue & Customs
London, UK
Research Officer
Range of corporate research roles. Major projects: management of the bi-annual HMRC staff survey 2006-2009; development of the 2007-2010 HMRC Customer Survey; development of indicators for the Corporate Performance Report introduced in 2008; evidence reviews into tax compliance behaviour; and research into the enablers and barriers to the use of evidence and analysis by senior decision makers.
2005 to 2006
London, UK
Researcher supporting projects for local authorities, including 15 months secondment to the London Borough of Hackney. During my secondment I provided support to the central policy & strategy team, key responsibilities included collating a comprehensive evidence base on worklessness in the borough, and an analysis of data concerning residential mobility of households within the borough to assess validity of the 2001 census data and better inform service delivery decisions.


2008 to 2010
City, University of London
MSc Social Research Methods & Statistics
Courses taken included research design, qualitative methods, survey methods, statistical modelling, multivariate analysis, social policy evaluation. The degree also included a research dissertation on the use of multinomial logistic regression to measure the influence of work perceptions on levels of employee engagement.
2002 to 2005
University College London
BSc Geography
Courses taken included quantitative and qualitative research methods, regional economic development, urban economics, the social geography of France, and the post-colonial geography of Africa. The degree also included a research dissertation on house prices and earnings in London between 1998 and 2003.