Our core team are at the heart of our organisation, bringing together vast research expertise and professional services skills to deliver and promote our high quality applied research that influences public policies and organisational practices while empowering individuals.

Astrid (Flowers) Allen

Policy Advisor

Dr Olivia Gable

Policy Analyst

Heather Carey

Deputy Director

Jabeel Mahmood

Research and Policy Officer

Melanie Wilkes

Senior Policy Advisor

Rebecca Florisson

Policy Advisor

Sonia Stevenson

Senior Administrative Officer


We are proud to work closely with a number of associates who share the values and vision of the Work Foundation. Our associates offer broad expertise from leadership and organisational development to economic and skills assessments. For enquiries about our associates, please contact

Fernando Artigiano

Web Development Specialist

Ian Brinkley


David Coats

Employment Relations Specialist

Peter Forbes

OD & HR Specialist

Hannah Hope

Research Specialist

Marianne Huggett

OD & HR Specialist

John Kirkham

OD & HR Specialist

Jacqui Lyttle

Health and Wellbeing Specialist

Marjory Mair

OD & HR Specialist

Stephanie Scott-Davies

Communications Specialist

Dr Paul Sissons

Labour Market Specialist

Maggie Smith

Leadership Development Specialist

Mark Spilsbury

Economics and Labour Market Specialist

Jane Sullivan

OD & HR Specialist

Rosemary Thomas

Research Specialist

Lesley Giles

Lesley Giles

Director of Lesley Giles Associates

Director of L.G. Associates, Lesley Giles undertakes analysis and evaluation, and provides policy advice around workplace innovation and the world of work.

Until recently, she was Director at the Work Foundation where she continues to work as an associate, offering insights to drive their work programme seeking to champion Good Work.

Prior to this, Lesley was Deputy Director and Company Secretary at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, where she provided guidance on skills and employment issues to Industry and Government. In addition, Lesley has worked in a variety of other roles across government undertaking skills and/or employment research and policy advice including: Acting Director for Strategy and Research, and Head of Research, at the Sector Skills Development Agency; and a senior researcher for the Department for Education and Employment, the Employment Service, and the Cabinet Office.


We collaborate with range of organisations across multiple sectors including corporate, government, academia, charitable and voluntary. To get involved, please get in touch with us.


We have a long and proud history of respected, independent, evidence-based research.  Through the lens of good work we focus on health and wellbeing, productivity and skills and the future of work.


Collectively, our staff and associates have considerable experience across a range of fields. Their methodological and practical expertise is a great asset to our working partnerships.