Meet the Team

The team at Research Consulting, our expertise and experience.

Rob Johnson | Research Consulting

Rob Johnson

Founder and Managing Director

Rob is a leading expert on research policy, management and scholarly communication. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, he has an MSc in higher education management from Loughborough University.

Dan King | Research Consulting

Dan King


Dan is a research and knowledge exchange specialist with over 25 years’ experience in the sector including strategy, development, partnerships and funding. He has a PhD from the University of Nottingham.

Alison Riding | Research Consulting

Alison Riding

Principal Consultant

Alison is a senior leader with experience of research strategy setting,
underpinning research and innovation infrastructure and
best practice for research management.  She has a PhD from the University of East Anglia.

Andrea Chiarelli | Research Consulting

Andrea Chiarelli

Senior Consultant

Andrea is an experienced consultant focusing on scholarly communication, open science and university management. He holds an engineering PhD and is a Chartered Manager.

Claire Walsh | Research Consulting

Claire Walsh


Claire has a background in higher education and consultancy and is experienced in knowledge exchange and collaborating with clients in the public and private sector.

Lucia Loffreda | Research Consulting

Lucia Loffreda


Lucia works on a variety of projects across the scholarly communication, open science, and international development landscapes. She is PRINCE2 certified and holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Nottingham.

Victoria Ficarra | Research Consulting

Victoria Ficarra


Victoria supports the wider team as a researcher on a variety of projects, covering research, scholarly communication and knowledge exchange. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Nottingham.

Sophie Tinley | Research Consulting

Sophie Tinley

Financial Controller

Financial Controller
Sophie is an accomplished finance and business professional with over 25 years of experience running her own business or operating in a senior commercial finance role within a corporate environment

Katie Taylor | Research Consulting

Katie Taylor

PA & Business Support Executive

Katie’s background combines 15 years’ executive level PA experience with ten years of newspaper journalism. She is ready for anything in supporting the dynamic Research Consulting team.

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