Our People

We have a widely-skilled team of staff and associates that means we can build a team specific to your needs. A selection of these experts are below.

Paul Buchanan Jeremy Wyatt Denis Donoghue
David Gourlay Rob Shipway Gillian Halliwell
Steven Ross Laura Murphy Margaret McNaught
Ute Amann-Seidel Dr Elaine Cooper Alison Sleet
Claire Moyes Amy Shephard Malcolm McClean
Mike Danson Dr Euan Mackay Iain Mackinnon
Robin Gower


    • Paul Buchanan

      paulPaul is our Managing Director - a role ensuring the best service for our clients and building an interesting portfolio of work for our company. As project director on many of our larger contracts he manages large teams delivering advice and support to projects across the UK including the Big Lottery Fund’s Ageing Better programme which runs until 2021. A specialist in business planning and facilitation he has a track record in building strong partnerships, particularly at board-level. Paul is a geographer with an interest in enterprise and tourism and holds an MBA, MSc and MA(Hons).

      Tel 0141 225 5517

    • Jeremy Wyatt

      jeremyJeremy brings over 30 years of community regeneration experience to a wide range of projects. He leads on our Social Value work, and chairs the SROI Network UK Council. Jeremy has played a key role in designing and leading several of our larger projects including our five-year support service for the £250 million myplace youth centres programme. He has also developed a variety of social enterprises and currently leads two major theatre projects, in parallel to his consultancy work. Jeremy holds an MBA, is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and is a Certified Professional Facilitator.

      Tel: 0141 225 5505

    • David Gourlay

      davidDavid is our Marketing Director and Company Secretary. He has worked in social and economic regeneration for over twenty years. He delivers effective support in strategy-planning, performance management and self-evaluation. He is a specialist in European Structural Funds and other funding. David currently leads on directing support to major partnerships supporting older people across the UK. He has trained in SROI and has advised NHS health projects and sport bodies such as UK Sport and The Premier League Charitable Fund on measuring social value and Sport England on building participation in sport. David has worked for clients such as Big Lottery Fund, Scottish Government, voluntary organisations and local authorities. David has a science background and has an M.Phil (Urban Policy).

      Tel: 0141 225 5511

    • Denis Donoghue

      denisDenis is the Research Director at Hall Aitken and is responsible for maintaining research quality in the company. With an Honours degree in Town and Regional Planning and a Masters with distinction in Local Economic Development, he is an acknowledged specialist in employability research. He has worked for the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, European Partnerships and the third sector to research the barriers facing those outside of the labour market. He is also an acknowledged expert in rural economic development issues having researched these issues across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the Rural South. He uses his research design skills to develop tools and approaches across the company; including diagnostic tools, common outcome frameworks and surveys.

      Tel: 0141 225 5502

    • Rob Shipway

      robRob's expertise lies in programme management and evaluation, public health and community development. He managed EU and UK funded programmes across East Lancashire, North West England and Wales. He directed our programme support and evaluation contracts for BIG Wales' Way of Life and Groundwork UK’s Community Spaces programmes. He provides partnership and project support for Local Authorities, NHS and Non Governmental Bodies such as Badminton England. He has worked with the third sector for over 25 years, supporting project development, funding applications, business planning and social enterprise development. Rob is a MSP Practitioner and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Social History.

    • Steven Ross

      stevenSteven has been working with Hall Aitken since 2001. With very strong analysis skills, he carries out primary research needed for projects using a combination of telephone interviews, online surveys and paper questionnaires and then carries out the analysis of the results. His technical expertise means he also works on creating and maintaining websites and databases for client projects and for internal use. Steven is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner and has recently completed courses on statistics with the Open University and questionnaire design with the University of Michigan.

    • Laura Murphy

      laura2Laura has been part of the Hall Aitken team since 2007. She is an experienced qualitative and quantitative researcher, specialising in health and wellbeing and community development projects. Recent clients include Big Lottery Fund, Groundwork UK and Start in Salford. As well as conducting research and data analysis Laura provides back up administrative support across all project teams. She also manages the company’s bids team and is responsible for sourcing potential business and coordinating all tender processes. Laura is a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner and is currently working towards a BA (Hons) Combined Social Sciences (Psychology) with the Open University.

    • Margaret McNaught

      margaretMargaret joined the company in 2001 and is our Finance Manager and Office Manager. She manages all aspects of the company and project finances, and the general day-to-day running of the office. Before joining Hall Aitken she had been employed in financial roles with various Glasgow companies and latterly working alongside her husband successfully running their own business for ten years.

    • Analysis and technical team

      We are experts in designing and building databases and websites. We created a database to map mainstream services for the Local Strategic Partnership in Rochdale.

      We also created a database for Yorkshire Forward to map interventions that aim to improve young people's understanding about the world of work. We have created websites national organisations like The Big Lottery Fund sponsored programmes. For Sport England we train and support users on a web based real-time management information tool (Value Mapping) for collecting monitoring data.

      We have skills in survey design and management for postal and online surveys. Projects include a multi-annual household survey to evaluate the Western Isles Better Neighbourhood Services Fund and an electronic survey to evaluate the Skills in Regeneration pack for the Scottish Centre for Regeneration. We can also use SMS text surveys to contact people. This has proved to be useful when trying to get responses from young people. We use GIS mapping to show unemployment and economic activity levels in the South of Scotland as part of the labour market intelligence project. We can use these skills to show in a visual way service need and delivery for other programmes.

      We are experts in statistical analysis using SPSS. We used this in our analysis of the Birmingham SRB household survey and evaluating UK online centres across England for the DfES.

      We are experts in sourcing and analysing secondary data. We have established skills in analysing the labour and skills market. For the last three years we have provided labour market intelligence for the South of Scotland labour market intelligence project including annual reports, quarterly newsletters and a dedicated website.

    • Amy Shephard

      amyAmy is an experienced qualitative researcher. She regularly uses focus groups and workshops as tools for evaluations. Amy is currently working with the NHS on an evaluation in the North West exploring behavior change in wellbeing projects. She also specializes in Greenspace and environmental projects.

      Amy is working towards a Masters in Sustainable Development and recently submitted her dissertation. BSc (Hons) Biochemistry MA Sustainable Development

    • Claire Moyes

      claireClaire has project managed many of our evaluations for Sport England, Heritage Lottery Fund and The Big Lottery Fund. She is experienced in quantitative and qualitative methods in evaluations of social inclusion and wellbeing programmes. She is also a qualified trainer.

      Claire is a PRINCE2 Practitioner. She holds a BA (Hons), an MSc Urban Regeneration and MA Town and Country Planning.

    • Dr Elaine Cooper

      elaineElaine uses her highly developed research, interview and communication skills to support and evaluate health and wellbeing programmes across the UK. She is currently working with wellbeing initiatives in Wales, Northwest England and with NHS Salford. These programmes support project interventions dealing with alcohol, nutrition, smoking and mental health. She has extensive experience too in European Funding programme evaluation. She is experienced at explaining complex issues and statistics in simple language. She puts her academic experience to practical use to help programmes achieve outcomes. Elaine holds a doctorate in health policy and an MSc in education policy.

    • Ute Amann-Seidel

      uteUte brings extensive experience of efficient project management to any project. She has been involved in European Structural Funds for over 15 years and is experienced in project support and programme evaluation. Ute is proficient in stakeholder consultation workshops; identifying good practice and facilitating shared learning through case studies and other resources.

      She is an SROI and qualified Prince 2 practitioner. She is a member of the UK Evaluation Society; with an MSc in Information Science – University of Strathclyde; Degree in Business Studies and International Marketing, Pforzheim University (Germany).

    • Mike Danson

      mikeMike Danson is Professor of Enterprise Policy at Heriot Watt University. He is respected as an academic, as Treasurer and Scottish Convenor of the Academy of Social Sciences, and applied policy researcher. He has been a member of Scottish and UK Government taskforces and advisory groups. As well as extensive publishing and broadcasting internationally on regional economic development and policy, he has worked on several impact studies and evaluations. He has over 35 years of research and consultancy experience in Scottish and regional economics; Strategic and academic research on employability, volunteering, poverty and deprivation.

    • Iain Mackinnon

      iainIain Mackinnon is a long-standing Senior Associate currently working with us as a Lead Adviser within our support team for the Big Lottery's Ageing Better programme, and previously worked with us on the Big Lottery’s Silver Dreams programme, running diagnostic workshops with partnerships. Iain's field is the people side of economic development, with long experience from many perspectives, and particular specialisms in skills and enterprise, ranging from local partnerships to national policy. He is also a very experienced non-executive director with roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors, and a long interest in governance.

    • Ian Baggot

      Ian has worked in the environmental sector for almost 25 years. He has worked with the voluntary, public and latterly private sectors. Ian has established his reputation in the Green Space field by writing national guidance documents, being part of national steering groups, task force working groups and advising national organisations such as CABE Space, HLF and the Civic Trust. Ian has worked on research projects for lottery bodies, central and local government and academic institutions. Ian is an accomplished trainer and facilitator. B.Sc M.Sc Leisure and Tourism.

    • Robin Gower

      robinRobin is an economist and data scientist with skills in econometric analysis and visualisation. Robin has seven years’ experience in research, strategy development and evaluation. He is qualified MA Hons Cantab - Economics Tripos; Certified PRINCE 2 Practitioner; DataShaping Certified Analytic Professional. Robin is published in the Journal of Place Management and Development and is a founding member of Manchester Open Data.

    • Alison Sleet

      alisonAlison is a physical activity and health specialist. She led the Active London programme: a pan-London physical activity project that improved the health and well-being in 20 of London’s most deprived communities. She has supported DfE myplace projects with sustainability and viability issues; and for the evaluation of ‘Diversity Works for London (DWfL)’: she conducted senior corporate and stakeholder interviews and advised on supply-chain project evaluation design. Diploma Management Studies (Leisure) Health Promotion (Exeter) Prince 2 practitioner.

    • Malcolm McLean

      malcolmMalcolm’s approach is a breath of fresh air in a world of corporate catchphrases and management mumbo-jumbo. He is founder of The School of Curiosity. His highly creative approach to problems in sport, health and regeneration has seen him featured on Radio and given a special award by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. He is a Sunday Times Best Selling author and has been published on how sport can transform health and communities. He is the author of Sweating the Asset a guide to reinventing football stadia as community assets. He has helped developed hubs for Young People for Sport England and The Big Lottery Fund.

    • Dr Euan Mackay

      Euan is an experienced economist with over thirty years experience in the academic, public and private sectors. He has a track record in area-based analysis; particularly in the Highlands and Islands. He specializes in area based socio-economic audits as well as economic impact assessments. He has evaluated programmes in sectors including: research and development; training/skills, energy; on-shore and off-shore renewables; engineering; fabrication (large structures); waste recycling and processing; construction; aquaculture; life sciences; advanced materials; and food and drink. University of Edinburgh MA (Hons); Economics University of Edinburgh PhD in Economics.

    • Gillian Halliwell

      Gillian has expertise in designing, delivering and managing community health improvement interventions. She has managed Big Lottery Fund programmes, including the North West Wellbeing Portfolio, led by Stockport Council. She is also a member of our BIG, Ageing Better, Support and Development Team. Gillian has worked with national and local voluntary sector organisations. She set up Prostate Cancer UK’s, Community Support Services in the North West. She supports smaller charities to challenge performance and improve practice. Gillian has an MSc in Public Health and has been a guest lecturer at Liverpool John Moores, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Chester.