Team Leader / Principal Investigator
Laurie is a Director at Ecorys UK, with a lead for children, young people and families research. He has over 20 years applied research and evaluation experience, including for UK Government, local authorities and third sector organisations. Laurie’s work has a strong focus on adolescent mental health and wellbeing, including evaluations of school-based interventions (peer support for mental health and wellbeing pilots, and the joint DfE/DH mental health services and schools link pilots). He is also currently overseeing a study for the European Commission on the role of digital tools in supporting inclusive education across Europe, and a research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation exploring the social impacts of the Covid-19 crisis with young action researchers in seven countries.
Lead for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Julian is a Chartered Research Psychologist working as an Associate Professor in Evidence-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health (University College London); Head of Digital Development & Evaluation (Anna Freud Centre); Deputy Director (Evidence Based Practice Unit), and Co-Research Lead (Child Outcomes Research Consortium). Julian’s research focuses on empowering young people to actively manage their mental health, with a particular focus on social inequalities and the digital realm. Julian’s research experience covers health psychology, clinical psychology, social psychology and evaluating the impact of research. He previously worked at the Institute of Psychiatry King’s College, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service and the NIHR Research Design Service South East.
Diarmid is an Associate Director at Ecorys, who has worked in research and consultancy on the agency and client side for over twelve years. Diarmid’s interests lie largely in survey methodology and study design. He has considerable experience of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including face-to-face, telephone and web-based surveys, and has worked on many studies evaluating mental health programmes for children and young people. This includes a role overseeing the Mental Health Services and Schools Links Expanded Programme evaluation, the Peer Support Pilot evaluation, and several digital studies. Diarmid is a trustee for the Social Research Association.
Tom is a Senior Researcher at Ecorys, specialising in research concerning the management and organisation of schools in England. He has extensive knowledge of school governance, school structures, pupil groups, models of leadership, school improvement, pupil attainment and progress, and wider sector accountability and oversight (including Ofsted). Tom also has extensive experience carrying out research with marginalised groups. His research around “what works” to support disadvantage young people has led him to work with the child poverty action group (CPAG) and the education and endowment foundation (EEF). He has also spoken at high-profile education events across the UK, including the Schools and Academies Show and the National Pupil Premium Conference.
Catie is a Senior Researcher at Ecorys who specialises in research with and for children’s services and in the education sector. She has worked extensively for local and national government and third sector clients, including the Commissioning Better Outcomes Evaluation (National Lottery) and evaluations of the Peer Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing and Mental Health Named Lead and Joint Training Pilots (DfE & DHSC). Catie has a keen interest in generating and disseminating evidence to inform policy and practice. She has strong qualitative and quantitative research and analytical skills, including surveys and impact evaluations. Prior to joining Ecorys in 2015, she worked the Dartington Social Research Unit. Catie holds an MSc in Developmental and Educational Psychology.
Rhiannon is a Research Manager at Ecorys UK, specialising in online qualitative research methodologies. Her research interests include children and young people, and she is particularly experienced at managing projects which address mental health in a school-setting, including an evaluation of a school-based programme which seeks to reduce stigma around mental health. She is currently leading a virtual fieldwork approach, adapted in light of Coronavirus, to an evaluation of a local pilot aiming to deliver early interventions with pupils experiencing mild mental health problems. As well as co-writing the literature review for this project, Rhiannon conducted teacher interviews and moderated the online focus groups, helping young people to articulate their perceptions of digital resilience.
Jo is a Researcher specialising in qualitative research. She has substantial experience of conducting research with children and young people in different education settings, including mainstream schools (primary and secondary) and alternative provision. Jo is passionate about inclusive research design; participatory action research (PAR), and building capacity with participants and organisations. Jo has a particular interest in the health and wellbeing of young people, and using multi-dimensional methods and frameworks within her work. Jo's work recognises the notable role of education, the family and the community in helping to develop young people to be both digitally literate and digitally resilient.
Amy is a Researcher at Ecorys. At Ecorys she has worked on a number of projects on the topic of mental health and young people including an evaluation of the Time to Change November campaign, and the Digital Resilience and Schools project. She is a mixed-methods researcher with experience in conducting interviews, online focus groups and systematic literature reviews as well as quantitative survey analysis. Prior to working at Ecorys, Amy completed an MSc at the London School of Economics in Urbanisation and Development. She also has experience of working with Children and Young People, having previously worked as an inclusion-unit tutor.