Our Team

Our associates offer a diverse range of expertise and experience. Yet we share a commitment to empowering individuals, co-creating services which benefit society and transforming how success is viewed and valued.
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Mandy Barnett headshot, Director at MB Associates

Mandy Barnett

is Director of MB Associates. She is an accredited Social Return On Investment analyst and social impact consultant with an MB from London Business School. Mandy worked in the arts and museums sector, before specialising in partnership working and organisational success. She 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. Mandy is Smartsheet obsessed and is endlessly honing MB’s systems to help make ours and our clients lives easier. When she’s not doing all of the above, she returns to her creative roots, designing and altering clothes and upcycling furniture.

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Jael Williams headshot, Development Director at MB Associates

Jael Williams

is Development Director at MB Associates. She is a specialist in creative participation, impact and change with over 20 years’ experience leading innovative programmes, partnerships and strategies. She is passionate about the value of art and culture in driving change and is inspired by people who are willing to take a risk, or question ‘the usual way of doing things’, quite often a role played by her own children. Jael has worked with a range of clients from, Cairngorms National Park Authority, to Arts Council England, to Eureka! and a variety of museums, libraries and archives. She is a keen walker, maker and natural environment enthusiast and is currently renovating her house in the beautiful hills of Holmfirth.

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Emily Wilson, Programme Director at MB Associates

Emily Wilson

is Programme Director at MB Associates. She is an experienced project manager and communicator, and is really good at translating complex ideas into understandable language. She has 15 years’ experience working with communities in the cultural sector and an MA in cultural management. Her clients include Moving Memory, Cairngorms National Park and Power to Change. Emily is passionate about making a difference to the Climate Crisis and is currently working to develop MB’s offering in this space. Alongside all this, she is training for her first marathon!

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Our Associates

Funto Awoyelu headshot, Associates at MB Associates

Funto Awoyelu

Funto is MB’s support associate, ensuring we communicate and manage projects effectively. She specialises in wellbeing, with a background in clinical psychology and experience working in the charity and tech sectors. Funto has been a recovery coach at Mind and her passion is for working with disadvantaged groups. Her talents empower people and provide a solution focussed and creative approach. Outside of work Funto loves to spend time with her young daughter and dog Snoopy, and is hoping to do more travelling in the near future.

Charlotte Eade headshot, Associates at MB Associates

Charlotte Eade

Charlotte is an evaluator and accredited Social Return on Investment (SROI) practitioner, working alongside organisations to develop and deliver robust evaluation programmes. She is an accredited coach, trainer and facilitator specialising in workforce and personal development and working with all levels of seniority and abilities. Charlotte has designed and delivered development programmes across a range of sectors and supported cultural organisations with developing a delivery framework for young people. She has partnered with MB to develop Culture Cubed and her clients include Transported, Ideas Test and Medway. Charlotte champions neurodiversity and has a keen interest in positive psychology and wellbeing.

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Jess Harvey

Jess is an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) expert, with particular experiences in the public sector, third sector and political sphere. Jess delivers challenging yet achievable goals for organisations looking to improve their work around EDI, regardless of where they are on their journey. She provides advice to senior leaders regarding EDI matters and is an accomplished trainer. Jess has a degree in Politics and Law and a Masters in Healthcare Management and is a founding member of a disabled people’s charity in Ceredigion West Wales.
Ruth Melville headshot, Associates at MB Associates

Ruth Melville

Ruth has over 20 years of experience in research design and analysis within the cultural, regeneration, environmental and social inclusion sectors. She has expertise in strategy and evaluation development, having designed major cultural programme evaluations with a focus on embedding approaches that lead to internal and external change, and Cultural Strategies which put the public and creatives at the heart of the process. She also works with a variety of organisations from small creative industries to large cultural organisations to support change management to new financial and business environments. Her strengths include her strong commitment to ensuring evaluation systems fit the user and her cross-sector analysis expertise, being able to bring together economic, tourism, social and cultural impacts.

Viv Niblett headshot, Associates at MB Associates

Viv Niblett

Viv has worked for over 12 years in research and evaluation in UK public policy, both as a senior researcher in a busy consultancy, and leading evaluation and research in-house in the charitable and public sectors. She worked for five years in the research team at Arts Council England who led a programme of commissioned and funded studies to deepen understanding of the role of arts and culture in health outcomes and how they can be delivered. Viv is building the quality of our project research and has recently written about the importance of qualitative research for one of our clients.

Lizzie Trotter headshot, Associates at MB Associates

Lizzie Trotter

Lizzie is a social impact consultant with 12 years’ experience working in social impact measurement in different contexts using a range of methods. Lizzie has both a technical and operational knowledge of social impact analysis and is an Accredited SROI practitioner and Assessor for SVUK. 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. Lizzie is supporting our ESG, placemaking and SROI work with the Integrated Solutions Hub and Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd
MB Team Associate Jenny Willis

Jenny Willis

Jenny has extensive experience working in research, participation and stakeholder engagement and has a degree in Politics and Education and a Masters in Development Studies. Her early work focused on international development where she was instrumental in the development of BOND from its early years to its establishment as a nationally important network for international development NGOs. Jenny enjoys the challenge of working with people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, and gets satisfaction from identifying and achieving shared outcomes in a good humoured and practical way. She has worked with MB on workforce, SROI and rural engagement issues. Jenny’s family also run a small upland farm which keeps her busy in any ‘spare’ time!

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