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Ms Heather Trickey 

Career Profile

Health and social policy evaluation has been a consistent theme throughout working life. I employ a mix of research methods and am particularly interested in participative approaches.  I’ve hopped the fence between academic research departments and organisations that use research to inform and develop policy a couple of times. As a reflection of this, I've tended to explore policy questions: What sorts of policies or interventions are implemented and why? Why do some policies, in some places, appear to ‘work’ whilst others fail? What are the intended and unintended consequences of policy implementation for human experience?  Where and how could intervention be improved?   

Brief history: NCT Research Manager - Baby Feeding (2010-present); Career break (2006-9); NCT Senior Policy Research Officer (2004-5); Senior Research Officer: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2002-4); Senior Research Office: Inland Revenue (2002-4); Research Associate: Centre for Research In Social Policy, Loughbourgh University (1997-2000); Research Assistant, Dept. Social Medicine, Bristol University (1995-97); Research Assistant: Health Promotion Wales (1993-94).

More information can be found on my LinkedIn page, here.

Memberships / External Activities

I am employed one day a week as a Research Manager for NCT. NCT is the UK’s largest charity for new and expectant parents and aims to improve experiences of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. I undertake applied research and evaluation projects, mainly in the area of infant feeding support, with the aim of enhancing the work of the charity and of supporting the work of NCT’s volunteers, practitioners and staff.

You can visit the NCT website by clicking here.