"We are passionate about using research to develop better and fairer ways of doing things and making sure that diverse (and often unheard) voices are at the heart of this process"
FOUNDER & RESEARCHER
Imogen has led numerous projects for central and local government, national and local charities, and housing associations. Her research interests are wide-ranging, across housing, care, support and community. She is particularly interested in driving system change with lived and practitioner experience and effective use of data, and she enjoys collaborating with other people to achieve this. An experienced keynote speaker, facilitator and trainer with over 40 publications, she is skilled at synthesising information and drawing out the practical implications for different audiences.
Imogen started her career in frontline supported housing, statutory social work and prison drug work. She then moved into research and has over twenty years’ experience of designing, conducting and managing research studies and evaluations. She has held research posts at Bury MBC Housing, Housing Projects Advisory Service, NACRO and the University of Salford, where she set up the Making Research Count initiative to promote research into practice in partnership with the Greater Manchester authorities. Between 2005 and 2009, Imogen was Senior Consultant for Equality Works (now EW Group) – a consultancy working to promote equality and diversity through training, consultancy and research. She is a qualified social worker with a degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Wadham College Oxford, and a research masters from Manchester University.
Imogen is an assessor for the Institute of Leadership and Management (Managing Equality & Diversity in Organisations, Strategic Leadership), and an associate of Research in Practice for Adults. Since 2013, she has sat on the panel of experts for Active Assisted Living – a European programme which funds innovation and technology to support positive ageing. She is a founding trustee of the Manchester Men’s Room – arts & health charity supporting men and trans people who sex work, are homeless or both.