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Policy partners

Our Policy Partners work across the public policy arena, in government, parliament and other third sector organisations. They work with the university partners for project delivery.

Kuranda Morgan, Nesta

Kuranda Morgan works at the Alliance for Useful Evidence at Nesta, where she leads the design and delivery of evidence capacity building programmes. At Nesta, she champions a co-created approach to learning that is both informed by research uptake literature and embedded in practice. She has trained over 2000 public servants, academics, and third sector staff, working with a variety of partners across the UK: including local and devolved governments, the civil service, and Parliament. Prior to joining Nesta, Kuranda worked in international development, managing global impact evaluation and evidence capacity building initiatives dedicated to facilitating local leadership in the generation of rigorous, policy-relevant research.

Alexander Churchill, Go-Science

Alex Churchill is the Head of Science Capability Review at the Government Office for Science. He was previously Team Leader for Science Capability in GO-Science, and prior to that, the Deputy Head of Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), with a senior role in policy setting in S&T. In his role with the MoD, he set strategic direction and assessed value for money for its national and international S&T Programmes. He drafted policy and strategy for the S&T elements of MoD’s overall Strategy for Defence, the Strategic Defence and Security Review and recent Green Papers. He also published MoD’s first Innovation Strategy.

Grant Hill-Cawthorne, Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology

Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne is a medical microbiologist and the Head of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), the science advice unit within the UK Parliament that bridges research and policy.

After completing medicine and medical training at the University of Cambridge he established a laboratory specialising in pathogen genomics in Saudi Arabia, where he completed his PhD on the use of genomics for public health microbiology. Previously, he was an NHS Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow and the Clinical Adviser to the Deputy Chief Executive of NICE; Senior Lecturer in Communicable Diseases Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Grant continues as an adjunct Associate Professor in Global Health at the University of Sydney.

Professor Annette Boaz, Kingston University London, and Transforming Evidence Hub

Annette has more than 25 years of experience in supporting the use of evidence across a range of policy domains.  She was part of one of the largest UK investments in the evidence use landscape, the ESRC Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice and has undertaken an international leadership role in promoting the use of evidence. She is a Founding Editor of the first international journal in the field and has recently published a new book on evidence use ‘What Works Now’.  She has a particular interest in quality improvement, patient involvement and implementation science. Annette is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the WHO European Advisory Committee on Health Research. She is currently working in the UK Government Office for Science supporting academic engagement with government research priorities.

Kathryn Oliver, LSHTM and Transforming Evidence hub

Kathryn Oliver is a social scientist working on how evidence is made and used in public policy, conducting empirical research into how and why evidence influences decision-making, and vice versa. She is co-director of the interdisciplinary Transforming Evidence collaborative which aims to bring together practitioners, researchers, decision-makers and funders who share interests in how we can make and use evidence more effectively. She’s held lecturer positions at UCL and Oxford and is now an Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently working in the Government Office for Science to support effective and ethical engagement around the government’s Areas of Research Interest.