MB Associates was set up by Mandy Barnett in 2005. Between them our associates offer specialist skills and a diverse range of experience. What they share is a commitment to empowering participants, especially those who are often unheard, and delivering efficient processes and measurable results. We like to work with good humour too!
Most are Social Return On Investment (SROI) practitioners and they are based across the country.
Mandy Barnett MBA FRSA - Director and SROI specialist
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Mandy Barnett, director of MB Associates, is a change management expert and accredited SROI practitioner with over 25 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 sits on the SROI UK Council and has provided practical guidance to Government, the Arts Council and the former MLA. She has an MBA from the world-renowned London Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
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.
Jenny WillisJenny 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’s degree was in politics and education and her Masters in international development. She was instrumental in setting up BOND, a nationally important network for international development NGOs. Jenny is SROI trained. Her style is personable and down to earth and she instills complete confidence.
Ruth MelvilleRuth is a researcher with 20 years’ experience in research design and analysis across the cultural, regeneration, environment and social inclusion sectors.
Currently she is Evaluation Advisor to Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture and a Critical Friend on the Creative People and Places programme. She managed Impacts 08, the Liverpool Capital of Culture Research Programme, and has advised the Arts Council England and Department for Culture Media and Sport, as well as the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and the European Commission.
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.
Ruth Clarke, specialist in participation
Ruth Clarke, specialist in participationRuth Clarke is an arts, museums and heritage manager and consultant with a particular strength in participation, learning and volunteering. She is an expert in brokering complex relationships and has many years and a rich breadth of sector knowledge having planned, nurtured, managed and evaluated a huge variety of projects with people who have a wide variety of needs. She was London Community Learning Manager for the National Trust responsible for initiating its innovative London Voices programme, which transformed four London sites into venues friendly to families and local communities.
Ruth has managed part of our Happy Museums evaluation. Ruth is a college lecturer and Arts Award Moderator. Early on she established and was the Artistic Director of a youth arts company. Ruth has a coaching style, helping people take a fresh look and find practical ways forward.
“Ruth is an expert in brokering complex relationships. Her ability to manage, nurture and evaluate a diverse range of needs helps to create a fertile space in which to achieve rich and meaningful outcomes.”
– Eelyn Lee, Artist and filmmaker
Charlotte EadeCharlotte 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. Charlotte has a calm and reflective style.
Louise WhiteLouise is an arts and heritage participation consultant with a wealth of experience engaging under-represented audiences and young people, including homeless people, asylum seekers and families with English as a second language. She is a project manager and is well used to the discipline of delivering exhibitions and large-scale events at high profile institutions like the London Transport Museum and National Portrait Gallery, and meeting HLF and ACE requirements.
Louise was part of the team on our review of the Arts Council’s self-evaluation framework. Her background is in museums, with a Masters in Museum Studies (with distinction). She is an Arts Award advisor and a Prince2 project manager. Louise’s approach is personable with a strong social conscience and a forensic intelligence.
Lizzie TrotterLizzie Trotter is a social impact consultant with 12 years’ experience working in social impact measurement in different contexts and using a range of methods. Lizzie developed both her technical and operational knowledge of social impact analysis and is an Accredited SROI 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, now the standard way to measure social impact in the sector. 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.
Ben MorganBen is a digital communications specialist and project manager. He works both strategically and practically with clients to plan, manage and deliver projects. He focuses on the opportunities technology presents, as well as the challenges of delivering meaningful user and brand experiences.
In the early 1990’s Ben had a chance encounter with the “World Wide Web” in a basement in Brighton. This led to postgraduate research on the social implications of the internet, and then a 15 year career in digital and branding agencies.
He has worked on brand, social media and digital strategies, and managed the development of digital channels (websites, social media campaigns, email marketing, mobile apps etc). Over the years his clients have ranged from artists and innovators to not-for-profits and multinationals.
Clare ThurmanClare is a cultural learning consultant, especially focusing on connecting people so we learn and improve, including as local authority lead for the What Next? movement. She is a highly analytical evaluator as well as being committed to effective communication; creating our toolkit for cultural commissioning for example and leading our social media campaign for the Arts Council’s Self-evaluation Framework review.
Clare is one of our SROI practitioners, on the Transported programme and evaluator for Fun Palaces too. Clare is a mentor, accredited coach and a Clore Fellow and was formerly Education Manager at the Royal Opera House, used to managing large teams and diverse projects, including working with over 40 partnership schools to introduce ballet. She led the community consultation for the V&A Dundee. Clare’s style is both analytical and passionate about the difference the arts can make.
Hannah is the Company Coordinator for MB Associates, with responsibility for our administration, accounts, contracting and business development. She is an Edinburgh University graduate with a BA in Russian and Spanish. Hannah has a professional background in advocacy, local politics and the legal sector. She is currently undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Manchester.
Britta is R&D Assistant and focuses on research for current and upcoming projects. She is a Lancaster University graduate and is currently studying for a MSc in Sustainable Development at SOAS. In her free time she volunteers at a local church, is involved in youth work, plays guitar and trains for half marathons.