Our team

The team at Research Consulting come from a variety of backgrounds, allowing us to offer a broad spectrum of services to our clients.
In addition, we have a wide network of associates who can contribute specialist expertise when required. For more information on our team, see the profiles below.

Rob JohnsonPrior to founding Research Consulting in early 2013, I spent 8 years in the Education practice at KPMG, working with clients in higher education and industry in both the UK and New Zealand. I then moved to the University of Nottingham as Research Financial Controller, and subsequently Head of Research Operations. My responsibilities at Nottingham included pre- and post-award management of research, negotiation with key customers on high value/high risk contracts, research reporting/management information and development of research business processes and systems.

I have also worked with a number of spin-out and start-up companies, and have a particular interest in the rapidly evolving world of open access publishing. To find out more about my past experience, please look me up on LinkedIn, or check out some of our projects and testimonials. If you’d like to know more about what we have to offer please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Contact Rob at rob.johnson@research-consulting.com

Mattia FosciA public policy specialist, I have direct experience in academic research and direct knowledge of the startup world. Before joining Research Consulting, I worked as a third-sector lobbyist, and as a consultant for prestigious firms in the international legal sector, providing independent advice to governments, businesses and civil society organisations on matters related to public sector governance, environmental and economic policies. After earning a PhD in international law at the University of Nottingham, I also held teaching roles at the University of Leicester and the University of Nottingham.

At Research Consulting, I have managed projects that informed the development of tools to aid compliance with the open access policy for a post-2014 Research Excellence Framework, as well as studies looking at knowledge exchange and research commercialisation both within and across HEIs. I worked with Rob on a range of projects that looked at measuring the impact of research and informed research management strategies and practices at various universities.

Alongside my work at Research Consulting, I run a start-up that has built software to rate, share and discover high-quality personalised content online (www.yoop.io).

Contact Mattia at mattia.fosci@research-consulting.com

Andrea ChiarelliI joined Research Consulting in 2016, after a PhD at the University of Nottingham. During my MSc in nuclear and energy engineering and my PhD in civil engineering, I learned to apply a number of approaches to data collection and analysis. I also gained extensive experience in the fields of applied and theoretical research, which resulted in the publication of numerous journal articles.

Having studied and researched in Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom, I am familiar with different research environments. My background allows me to deal confidently with the technical and technological aspects of our consultancy work. In addition, I am an experienced programmer and I am in charge of making our internal management system more automated and efficient.

At Research Consulting, my areas of focus are Research Data Management practices, Open Access and Knowledge Exchange. I have been working for UK institutions and charities, looking at the management of research outputs along with their dissemination and use/re-use in a wide range of sectors, ranging from STEM disciplines to humanities.

I am a member of the Research Data Alliance and of the Social Research Association.

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Contact Andrea at andrea.chiarelli@research-consulting.com or visit his personal website for more information.

Katherine CalderA Chartered Accountant, I trained at KPMG and after 5 years with the firm’s audit practice moved to the University of Nottingham in 2009 as a Financial Accountant within the Corporate Finance team. I became self-employed in July 2015 and then spent 12 months working on a large transformational project for the University of Nottingham as well as assisting on projects run by Research Consulting.
Since May 2016, as a consultant, I have been assisting Research Consulting with their in house finance and administrative work and officially became their part time Office Manager in September 2016. In July 2017, I left self-employment behind and became the part time Financial Controller at Research Consulting.
I bring experience of preparing, reviewing and monitoring financial forecasts including sensitivity analysis and modelling for research projects, individual schools and business units and most recently for a significant 3 year transformational project within the university.
The most recent work I have conducted at the University of Nottingham involved me taking sole responsibility for and producing reports and calculations in relation to the benefits realisation (both qualitative and quantitative) and return on investment for a large transformational project.
Siobhan has over 28 years of executive administration experience, working within both the public and private sectors in many high-profile roles, gaining invaluable skills and qualifications through the Civil Service College.

Siobhan’s various held positions include office supervisor, senior government caseworker, Parliamentary officer and legal advisor. Siobhan is also a published researcher and utilises her wide range of administrative skills to successfully work with people at all levels, within many industries.

Siobhan is also a trained paralegal, utilising her legal and policy experience gained whilst working within central government, and is an affiliated member of the National Association of Licensed Paralegals.

gillwilliamsonDec14-500pxA strategic designer-thinker with a Masters Research degree in Branding & Identity from Nottingham Trent University, I am a brand specialist with a career in advertising and marketing environments stretching back over twenty years. Before setting up my own business in 2011, I held a role as senior graphic designer for East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA), supporting teams across all Agency functions, covering the broad remit of regional economic development.

I now work with clients across a number of sectors, including marketing and communications for higher education, professional research organisations, new technologies companies, museum support services, learning and development companies and business support providers. Some of my recent clients include The University of Nottingham, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Innovate UK, Smart Learning, Jisc, PraxisUnico and Lakeside Arts Centre.

You can learn more about my work on: http://gillwilliamson.co.uk/

K-Seymour-photoA member of the British Educational Research Association and the Social Research Association I work with Research Consulting on projects requiring formal stakeholder analysis and evaluation. I have a wide range of experience in all research methods, but especially in survey design, administration and analysis (both online and paper questionnaires).

A researcher since 1997, I have worked for local authorities, an independent educational research organisation, a Russell Group university and on a freelance basis. My first degree is in Social Policy, and I hold an MSc in Research Methods and a PhD from the University of Nottingham’s School of Education. My research experience and expertise cover both quantitative (e.g. surveys) and qualitative (e.g. interviews, focus groups, text analyses) research and I have worked for a wide range of clients including universities, schools, health services, charities and community groups.

I have particular expertise in monitoring and evaluating satisfaction among stakeholder groups, and have previously developed and managed stakeholder surveys for a number of university professional services.

A Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leicester, I have over 25 years of academic research experience. I have carried out work in astrophysics, biomedical and multidisciplinary research data informatics, data management and research data publishing. I have collaborated with major players in the research landscape, including Wellcome, Jisc, HEFCE and the NHS.

My experience includes working alongside institutional research IT and data management specialists with national and international partners including the Research Data Alliance, the Digital Curation Centre and the UK Data Service. From April 2018, I will be taking up the role of Platform Coordinator for Compute at ELIXIR in Cambridge.

I am also the Director of Research and Educational Data (RED) Informatics Ltd, which provides consultancy and managed services including for the BRISSKit biomedical research software platform. In the context of this work, I contributed to and authored white papers and advice for the UK Government’s Open Research Data Forum, the Institute of Physics, Institution of Engineering & Technology, University of Leicester and Cerner Ltd. I also provided active research data management solutions for UCLH and Royal Derby NHS Trusts.

I am the Chair of the OWLS Academy Trust and Editor-in-Chief of Open Health Data journal (Ubiquity Press).

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