Our People

Our Associates offer specialist skills and a diverse range of experience. And they share a commitment to empowering participants, especially those who are often unheard, and delivering efficient processes and measurable results.

Mandy Barnett

Mandy Barnett

Mandy Barnett, director of MB Associates, is a change management expert and accredited SROI practitioner with 30 years’ experience in the non-profit sectors, including as a project and senior manager.

Mandy is now at the forefront of evaluation of social impact and wellbeing. She is a Non-Executive Director of Social Value UK, Trustee for Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) and has provided practical guidance to Government, Arts Council England, businesses and not-for-profits. She has an MBA from the world-renowned London Business School.

She is the former director of Bankside Arts Training Trust, head of exhibitions at the Commonwealth Institute and partnership development director for older people’s services in Surrey. Mandy combines strong analytical skills and an understanding of statistical and accounting principles with the ability to engage, negotiate and build strong working relationships.

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Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson

Amy is a mixed methods researcher and project manager with experience of working with practitioners and the public in a diverse range of contexts.

Her work frequently focuses on issues of access, capabilities and dialogue. It includes work with Citizens Advice on social impact, with the Scottish Government on the development of intensive community services for children with intellectual disabilities and mental health needs, and with the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit on the Tobacco in Prisons Study. She is currently involved in the development of psychosocial support and vocational education for refugees and asylum seekers, as well as exploring the opportunities for public health through an ethnography of encounters and contexts throughout surgery pathways.

She joined MB Associates in 2019, supporting our work around social impact evaluation and organisational change. In addition, she is developing Culture Cubed, our resource to help organisations consider and demonstrate their social impact.

Ben Morgan

Ben Morgan

Ben is an adaptable communications professional and project manager with long standing experience of planning and delivering branding and marketing.

For almost two decades he worked for digital and branding agencies in London and Brighton, and was Head of Digital at a leading professional services branding agency. Past clients have ranged from artists and entrepreneurs to global law firms and universities.

At MB Associates, Ben has worked on the evaluations of Creative People and Places schemes (LeftCoast, Ideas Test, Transported), as well as project managing and producing a number of our reports. As part of our Core Team, he helps oversee all projects, as well as providing planning and marketing advice.

Charlotte Eade

Charlotte Eade

Charlotte is a programme manager and trainer specialising in workforce and personal development.

She devises and delivers professional development including specifically for young people and apprentices, using the 7 Habits for Highly Effective People and other best practice models. She pioneered the Steps into Work programme for people with learning disabilities for Transport for London, highlighted there as equality best practice. She works in the private sector and museums, and has delivered management training at the British Museum.

Charlotte is an accredited coach working at all levels of seniority and with diverse abilities, and is trained in counselling and mediation. She is one of our SROI practitioners working on the Transported programme and is a Prince2 project manager.

Jael Williams

Jael Williams

Jael is a specialist in cultural and creative learning, engagement and participation, with over 20 years experience leading innovative programmes, partnerships and strategies in the cultural, heritage, arts, and education sectors.

She is passionate about the way that cultural experiences connect people, support identity building and transform lives. She loves to be part of the magic that happens when different people come together to explore shared challenges. She believes that nurturing creative capacities through arts and cultural engagement is critical to positive life chances and wellbeing and that access to our rich arts and cultural heritage should be a right for all.

Jael has developed and delivered strategic review, policy development, audience research and engagement, staff training and change management, coaching and facilitation, evaluation, and innovative partnership development with a range of clients including National Science and Media Museum, National Museums Wales, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Curious Minds. She uses a tailored approach for each client, building on processes such as ICA Consensus Building and Group Facilitation, Design Thinking and Theory of Change. Her work draws teams together to explore, review, co-create and develop new ways of working.

Jenny Willis

Jenny Willis

Jenny is a highly competent programme manager and stakeholder engagement specialist.

She has many years experience in involving health and social care service users, particularly in research and policy development. Latterly she has developed a niche in stakeholder engagement in the environment and energy sectors. Jenny manages large scale events down to focus groups and interviews, all driven by delivering robust evidence. Clients range from Primary Care Trusts and the Environment Agency to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Jenny has a degree in Politics and Education, a Masters in International Development, and she is trained in SROI. She was instrumental in setting up BOND, a nationally important network for international development NGOs.

Lizzie Trotter

Lizzie Trotter

Lizzie Trotter is a social impact consultant with 13 years’ experience working in social impact measurement in different contexts and using a range of methods. She now specialises in wellbeing.

Lizzie developed both her technical and operational knowledge of social impact analysis and is an Accredited Social Value Practitioner and Assessor for Social Value UK. Lizzie was Social Impact Manager at leading consultancy Simetrica where she delivered social impact analysis of the highest scientific rigour to private, public and third sector organisations.

Before that, Lizzie was Head of Social Impact at HACT, an innovation agency for the housing sector where she led on the development of the Social Value Bank. Lizzie spent 14 months in Ghana working on an SROI with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) for Cadbury. Previously, Lizzie was Evaluation Analyst at the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity.

Ruth Melville

Ruth Melville

Ruth is a research and evaluation specialist with 20 years’ experience in research design and analysis across the cultural, regeneration, environmental and social inclusion sectors.

She works with a range of arts organisations on embedding evaluation in practice, especially when working with hard to reach groups. Her academic research explores the impact of evaluation on practice, in particular artists’ own evaluation practices and how these approaches could shape evaluation policy. Her projects with MB Associates include evaluations of Reading Place of Culture (Great Places), Ideas Test and LeftCoast (both Creative People and Places) and Change Creation, Arts Council England’s Resilience Programme Evaluation.

In addition, she is a Critical Friend on the Creative People and Places programme. She was Evaluation Advisor to Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture, managed Impacts 08, the Liverpool Capital of Culture Research Programme, and has advised various UK City of Culture bidding cities, Arts Council England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

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Telephone - 01539 678218
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