Liz is a senior researcher at the University of Lincoln with more than 15 years’ experience of research and evaluation in local economic development, including skills and employment issues, rural communities and infrastructure, and rural services and broadband. Before joining the University, Liz worked in research roles for two district councils and the Learning and Skills Council.  Together with Ivan, Liz will be responsible for the overall management of the project. She will also lead on the quantitative data analysis and monitoring, and production of the quarterly learning and progress reports.



Ivan is Director of Rose Regeneration and Visiting Fellow at the University of Lincoln. Ivan previously had an extensive career in Local Government, being Assistant Director of Development at Lincolnshire County Council for 11 years where he led the authority’s service portfolio around economic development, tourism and the council’s relationship with the VCS sector. Over the last 10 years Ivan has overseen the work of more than 100 commissions. Ivan will lead on the development of the first year and second year final reports, as well as the social return on investment and cost benefit analysis.



Jessica is a business partner at Rose Regeneration.  She is researcher and project manager with more than 15 years’ experience of working across a wide range of local economic development issues, with a particular focus on rural settings. She has undertaken projects on behalf of Government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities, businesses, charities and community groups. Previously she worked in research roles at the New Economics Foundation and DEFRA. Jessica will lead on the baseline analysis and logic model for the evaluation.



Rebecca is a Reader in Operational Research and Systems at the University of Lincoln, and her research interests focus on the application of these ideas to community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Rebecca joined the University in 2004, and her previous professional background includes roles as an Operational Research Analyst with Pilkington Glass Ltd and a Performance Analyst within Nottinghamshire and Nottingham LEAs. Rebecca’s role will focus on qualitative interviewing and engagement, including workshop and focus group facilitation.




Jennifer is a Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln. She has been involved with the project management of national and local research in a wide range of areas. She joined the Community Operational Research Unit at the University of Lincoln in 2000 and previously held research at the Universities of East Anglia and Huddersfield. Her research at Lincoln has focused on the community and voluntary sector, health and criminal justice system, local government, employment agencies, housing, ageing support organisations and sports partnerships. Jennifer will assist with the beneficiary interviews and focus groups.