SRA trustees

Meet the SRA trustees

The SRA can have up to 15 trustees, who serve for at most six years in this voluntary role. They attend six board meetings a year and make decisions about the direction of the SRA, finances, activities and other areas of work.


David Johnson (Chair)

David is the current Chair of the Social Research Association and in his day job works in the DWP and DHSC Joint Work and Health Unit, where he leads on trialling and evaluation work. Previously, he was Head of Research for the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s Green Deal programme, and before that Head of Profession for Social Research in the Treasury, where he sat on the Social Policy and Social Work REF panel. David have worked in a large number of roles using applied social research and evaluation to support public policy design and delivery.


Nigel Meager (Hon. Treasurer)

Nigel recently retired as Director of the Institute for Employment Studies. He has a long track record of research on labour market and employment policy topics. Much of his work has an international emphasis and he is especially interested in the identification and transfer of good practice in policy development. He has been a specialist adviser to parliamentary select committees, and he was previously chair of the Association of Research Centres in the Social Sciences (ARCISS). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and of the Royal Society of Arts.


Vicki Belt

Vicki is Deputy Director for impact and engagement at the Enterprise Research Centre at Warwick University, a research centre specialising in insights into small business growth and performance. Prior to this Vicki was an Assistant Director at the government agency the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), where she directed a range of flagship research projects, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Vicki has over 20 years of experience leading, conducting and communicating research on business, employment and skills issues.


Dan Clay

I lead Newgate Research UK, the social and market research arm of Newgate Communications, one of the UK’s leading communications and PR firms - what better career than one where you get to help solve complex business and societal issues? That said, over 15 years in and my parents still don’t seem to understand what I do! On a personal level, I thrive on leading teams to find creative solutions to conducting and disseminating research, and in working collaboratively with clients from across the public, private and third sectors. I’m delighted to join the SRA board and look forward to bringing energy and a touch of leftfield thinking to help continue expand the membership offer in 2018 and beyond.


Bob Erens

Bob is Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and has over 30 years’ experience in social and health research. He is currently involved in evaluating complex policy interventions in the NHS, social care and public health. Bob previously worked at NatCen for 20+ years where he was head of the Health Research Group and the Survey Methods Centre. He is an honorary senior research associate at UCL, a member of the Society for Social Medicine and a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.


Jane Evans

I am an independent qualitative researcher with over 19 years’ experience working with vulnerable and marginalised groups to include their voices and enable their participation. My areas of expertise include: policy relating to disadvantaged children and young people; qualitative research and review methods; participatory methods; research governance and ethics; service evaluation. After completing a PhD in education policy at the UCL Institute of Education in 2007, I worked for nine years at Barnardo’s as a senior policy researcher. I have extensive understanding of ethical practice and currently serve as vice chair of a research ethics committee.


Faye Gracey

Faye is currently Research and Evidence Lead for Childcare, Play and Early Years at the Welsh Government. She has a diverse range of experience in research; having worked for a private consultancy, inspectorate, charity, non-departmental public body and now the civil service. This experience spans a broad range of policy areas including criminal justice, the environment, education, and health. Faye is the Chair of SRA Cymru.




Karen Kerr

I lead on the management and delivery of all customer research projects for Skills Development Scotland, the national skills agency in Scotland. This includes commissioned research and projects delivered in-house. Core areas include the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance service, employee engagement and external stakeholder perceptions. All work involves a strong equalities element. I have over 25 years’ research experience, both as a lecturer and practitioner. I find the variety of interesting work the best thing about my job. I am a passionate advocate for research quality, integrity and innovation.


Rosie McLeod

I work at a think tank and consultancy for the third sector, helping charities and funders use research and evaluation to increase their impact. I’ve been in social research since university, starting out in participatory action research projects with Somali refugee women. I then became a social policy researcher focused on qualitative and deliberative methods, but I’m still keen on the ethos and methods of action research. The SRA has been my professional home since the beginning - it reassured me I was in the right place! - and as a trustee I want to help it thrive and really inspire people with some great content.


Ailbhe McNabola

I head up an ambitious research programme at the relatively newly established Power to Change Trust, a charitable foundation that supports community business in England. I have 15 years’ experience in research and analysis in policy-relevant fields, having started my career in management consultancy at Accenture. I went on to join the team evaluating policy implementation at the National Audit Office, then a stint at PA Consulting before leaving consultancy to head up the research team at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (now part of Arts Council England) and in my most recent role, at the Design Council where I was director of policy and research.


Kieran O’Leary

Kieran is a Director at Ipsos MRBI in Ireland having worked in research for almost 20 years in a range of roles on the client and agency sides. He works with a variety of policy-focussed clients in delivering largescale complex social research projects. He has a range of research qualifications, including a M.Sc. in Applied Social Research (Trinity College Dublin) and a Diploma in Market and Social Research Practice (Market Research Society).


Isabella Pereira

Isabella is a Research Director in Ipsos MORI’s dedicated qualitative social research methods team, which she helped found in 2013.  She directs large-scale, complex qualitative and mixed methods research studies for government departments, think tanks and charities.  She also leads Ipsos MORI's qualitative social research training programme and their in-house research ethics committee. Isabella is a trustee for the refugee and migrants' charity, the Migrants Resource Centre and is a mentee on the Fabian Women’s Network 2016 mentoring programme.

Martina Vojtkova

I oversee NatCen’s evaluation work and lead on the design of impact evaluations as well as NatCen’s systematic review and evidence mapping work. I’m experienced in mixed methods evaluation approaches, logic model and theory of change work, and process evaluation methods. I also hold the role of associate editor for the Campbell Collaboration. I started my research career as a systematic reviewer and have always been passionate about applied social research and its importance in informing policy and practice. I am particularly excited about the SRA trustee role as it provides a unique opportunity to continue supporting a large number of highcalibre researchers in their professional development.