SRA Interviews


My Career by Cheryl Lloyd

Cheryl Lloyd is Programme Head at the Nuffield Foundation, where she leads the research portfolio relating to young people, focusing on educational disadvantage, teaching quality, young people’s pathways and skills.

Cheryl’s favourite quote is: ’What problem are we trying to solve? How do we know it is a real problem? How will we know when we’ve fixed it?’

My Career by Alun Humphrey

Alun Humphrey is Director of Household Surveys at NatCen Social Research having previously worked in commercial market research.

His advice to anyone considering a social research career is to spend some time early on working at a research agency, as this will provide hands-on experience of the practicalities of undertaking research, including the actual data collection process.

My Career by Martina Vojtkova

Martina Vojtkova is director of evaluation at NatCen and a trustee on the SRA Board. In this interview she explains what motivated her various career moves, including her involvement in supporting international research teams in the production of high quality systematic reviews of development interventions.

My Career by Kevin Pickering

Kevin Pickering is head of statistics, public affairs, Ipsos MORI. In this interview he talks about his career journey.  Reflecting on his advice to anyone considering a social research career, Kevin considers himself very lucky:

‘The work is intellectually fulfilling and is often fun. If you seize the opportunities, you will learn a lot, and continue to learn throughout your career. Also, it really is true that most of the people who work in social research are lovely’.