Our management team has decades of experience in public policy design and evaluation, inside and outside national and local government. We operate on an associate model, coming together to deliver projects that require our collective expertise.
Kitty Ussher, Managing Director
Kitty Ussher is a UK economist with extensive experience devising and managing public policy research projects including as director of Demos (2010-11) and then on a freelance basis, including for the Smith Institute, the Centre for London and the Social Market Foundation.
Monique Rotik, Principal Researcher
Monique Rotik has been a research practitioner for 20 years and is highly skilled in qualitative, quantitative and deliberative research methods. She has worked with a wide variety of audiences, including hard-to-reach groups, and has extensive experience of research for government departments, regulators and third sector organisations.
Onyinye Ezeyi, Data Analyst
Onyine Ezeyi is a postgraduate econometrician currently completing her PhD at the University of Bath. She is experienced in working with large-scale government datasets such as Understanding Society, the British Household Panel Survey and the Family Resources Survey.
Sarah Welfare, Workplace Practice Adviser
Sarah Welfare has 15 years’ experience of researching and writing about workplace policy and practice. Her areas of expertise include reward and benefits (particularly equal pay practice), employment relations, work organisation and HR benchmarking.
David Moulton, Researcher
David is a research professional with particular experience in the financial services sector. For the last two years he has worked as a Senior Associate with Cicero’s Global Research Team, specialising in finance and public policy research.
Riley Quinn, Researcher
Riley Quinn specialises in long-form literature reviews, particularly in the financial services sector. He has a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Toronto and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Julia Margo, Programme Adviser
Julia Margo is Chief Executive of the Family and Childcare Trust. Previously she was Director of Consumer Insight at Which? and Acting Director and Deputy Director at Demos.
Henneke Brown, Events Manager
Henneke Brown is a public affairs adviser with over 15 years experience delivering public affairs and positioning strategies, thought leadership platforms and events for a number of clients, including think tanks, blue chip companies, charities, NGOs, international bodies, royal societies and major UK cities.
What retail employees think: our new research for BRC
We were delighted to partner with the British Retail Consortium to explore issues relating to pay and productivity amongst UK retail employees. Our innovative research project started with a segmentation analysis of people working in the retail sector earning up to 20% above the (pre-2016) minimum wage using government data sources. It showed that once Read more…
Unsecured personal debt – who is indebted?
We’re pleased to have supported Citizens Advice in their research on levels of unsecured personal debt within different cohorts of the UK population. We used the Wealth and Assets survey to explore various aspects of debt vulnerability, including consumer credit as a proportion of income and household bill arrears. Here’s the link to the Citizens Read more…
The consumer view of current accounts and payments
Delighted that our research for Barclays looking at consumer attitudes towards current accounts and payments was published this morning. Here’s the report to download: Towards world class – report by Tooley Street Research for Barclays FINAL web version. 25th June 2015
Measuring the collaborative economy
Our work for Nesta on developing a new methodology to measure the collaborative economy is now published and you can see it here. Working together with our client we devised a way of asking the public the extent to which they have sold or leased their own personal assets using online technologies, and the value of Read more…
What will the collaborative economy be like in 2025?
We’re delighted that our work for Nesta on potential futures for the phenomenon known as the sharing or collaborative economy has now been published. We were asked to use existing official data sources to flesh out a number of scenarios around how the collaborative economy might develop. We responded to a number of different themes Read more…
Our research on inheritance picked up by Daily Telegraph
We’re very pleased that our research report on the distribution of wealth across households in Britain was picked by by the Daily Telegraph this morning, including reference to our recommendation that the tax system be used to spread inheritances to younger generations. The same report also provided the data behind the highest-read blog on the Read more…
Where do you fit on the UK’s wealth distribution – the FT reports on our research
Two of our team – Kitty Ussher and Ashwin Kumar – have produced a Smith Institute discussion paper out on Wednesday on the distribution of wealth in Britain. Entitled Wealth of our Nation, it includes a cluster analysis that shows the different typical situations that households find themselves in. Here’s the way the FT has Read more…
Pay progression: new research gives voice to lowest paid
Our research report for CiPD and John Lewis Partnership Pay progression: Understanding the barriers for the lowest paid is out this morning . It was also referenced in a piece in yesterday’s FT (Public sector cuts worsen low-pay trap 21st October 2014) Using a mixture of data analysis and qualitative research we explored the barriers to Read more…
Pay progression research mentioned in today’s FT
Our research report on the attitudes and characteristics of those on the lowest paid, conducted for CIPD and John Lewis Partnership, got a mention in today’s FT – Public sector cuts worsen low-pay trap (£). Great launch event at JLP this morning – full report published by CIPD tomorrow. 21st October 2014
The internet and the economically vulnerable
In a research report launched today we demonstrate that the internet has created economic opportunity for groups of more economically vulnerable people through the ability to trade online. These groups include people on lower incomes with pre-school children and people with relatively low educational qualifications running internet-dependent microbusinesses: often enabling household incomes of over £45,000. The research includes new Read more…keep looking »