My personal interests are in biomedical and health R&D policy, research impact assessment, the use of research and evidence in policy and decision-taking, and the social purpose of universities in the 21st century. I am passionate about coupling creative thinking with in-depth analysis to challenge existing assumptions and orthodoxies, generating new insights, and stimulating productive debate. I have significant international experience, having helped formulate and implement R&D and other strategies in, for example, the UK, Greece, Norway, Qatar, Oman, Australia, Canada and the USA.
Before setting up Different Angles, I was Vice President & Vice Principal (Service) at King’s College London. Service is King's award-winning and unique commitment to social responsibility and covers a range of activities including social reform, research impact, service-led learning, volunteering, and environmental sustainability. It is one of King's five strategic priorities and encapsulates King’s commitment to society beyond education and research.
I joined King's, as professor of public policy, in 2014 to set up the ground-breaking Policy Institute at King’s, and was its Director until 2017, when I stepped down to 'hold the pen' on developing King's Strategic Vision 2029. I continue to collaborate with colleagues from the Policy Institute on several research projects.
Prior to joining King’s, I was President of RAND Europe between June 2006 and October 2012, where I oversaw the doubling of the organisation's activity in Europe and the establishment of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, a joint venture with the University of Cambridge. Before joining RAND in 2002, I was Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust.