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


  • Paul Buchanan

    paulPaul brings strong management skills and understanding of the policy interventions to projects. Currently directing the support and development contract for BIG’s 7-year Ageing Better investment. He has conducted many impact studies as well as developing strategy (UK and Baltic States).. He has supported LEPs, Scottish Government and many VCSE organisations.

    Paul holds an MBA as well as a Master’s degree in Tourism and an honours degree in Geography.

  • Jeremy Wyatt

    jeremyJeremy has worked on skills and training in public, private and third sectors for 30 years. He led the BIG myplace support team, working to create 60 viable £6m projects focused on young people around England. He is Chair of the Social Value Network UK Council, and a member of the Social Value Network International Methodology subcommittee, His clients include YouthLink, YMCA, NHS, and Government agencies. He is currently producing real life stories reflecting impact of The Investing in Communities 2 programme.

    He has an MBA, member of UK evaluation society, is Chartered Member of CIPD and is a Certified Professional Facilitator.

  • David Gourlay

    davidDavid has supported many voluntary and social enterprise organisations over 15 years to put in place monitoring and evaluation frameworks (Livity). He has diagnosed need (Silver Dreams funding from BIG) and supported organisational transition. He delivers workshops around Impact Management and social Value (Sunbeams Music Trust). ensuring that organisations can deliver effectively and prove their impact.

    He has MPhil (Urban Policy), BSc, MIED, attended Advanced workshop in Technical Assistance for ESIF (European Academy for Taxes, Economics and Law) in Berlin.

  • Denis Donoghue

    denisDenis is an expert in economic development significant with experience in carrying out economic research and evaluation. He has worked with clients such as the YMCA and VISTA to develop monitoring tools and help put in place effective monitoring systems. He has introduced systems to large voluntary sector organisations and supports Big Lottery Fund programmes. He is currently working with England Golf evaluating their IMP programme, which includes a counterfactual study, but is equally as comfortable with more qualitative analysis. He ensures that quality research approaches are followed.

    He holds a BSc (Hons) in Town and Regional Planning and an MSc (with distinction) in Local Economic Development.

  • Rob Shipway

    robRob has over 20-years’ experience of regeneration. He specialises in wellbeing and families with a track record supporting voluntary organisations to become contract ready. He is a lead adviser on our Ageing Better support and development team working with the two metropolitan partnerships in Manchester and Birmingham. He worked with housing associations and Home-start partnerships to develop business cases. He has developed commercial strategies including merger/collaboration of organisations and seeking contract work to diversify income.

    Rob holds a BA (Hons) Economics and Social History and is a MSP and SROI Practitioner..

  • Gillian Halliwell

    Gillian brings expertise in designing, delivering, managing and evaluating community health interventions (Livewell Child, Braintree). She managed the highly successful North West Wellbeing Portfolio, and is a Director of an arts and health company in Liverpool, providing expertise on strategic planning and evaluation. She supported a Community Trust to develop its young people’s mental health programme.

    Gillian has an MSc in Public Health and holds a Professional Trainer Certificate and is studying for a PhD.

  • Steven Ross

    With strong research skills, Steven carries out telephone interviews, designs questionnaires and develops online questionnaires. Steven has recently developed surveys and carried out analysis for the evaluations of YouthLink Scotland and UK Youth, and had previously designed and managed e-surveys for the Growing the Humber LEP.

    Steven has recently completed courses on statistics with the Open University and questionnaire design with the University of Michigan. Certified PRINCE2 Practitioner, Computer Aided Engineering, Scottish Law, European Law, Web Development, Statistics, Questionnaire Design. Member of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT.

  • Laura Murphy

    Laura has strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills and in carrying out interviews. She has worked on over 50 Hall Aitken assignments and was the key project contact for 63 youth work organisations for our Big Lottery Fund myplace support team. Laura was recently involved in Livity’s somewhereto_ programme, carrying out qualitative research to study impact of the programme. Currently managing an evaluation for Big Lottery Fund to report the impact of Investing in Communities.

    Laura has a BA(Hons) Combined Social Sciences and is a Prince 2 Qualified Practitioner.