Jane O'Brien
doctor.janeob@gmail.com
07941 652597

A research professional with nearly 30 years’ experience, Jane has held senior positions in high profile organisations specialising in social, consumer and cultural research (Director of Policy Research, NatCen Social Research, Head of Research Which?/Consumers’ Association, Senior Policy Researcher, Arts Council of England). She began her research career in the Law Faculty at the University of the West of England as a Research Associate and returned to academia in 2012 as Deputy Director and Senior Project Manager at the National Academy of Parenting Research based at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings’ College London. In 2016/17 she was Evidence Fellow at the Alliance for Useful Evidence at NESTA where she led a project to exploring how charities used evidence to inform their practice.

A trained social researcher with a Post Graduate Diploma in Research Methods her experience spans survey design, data collection and analyses, secondary data analysis and qualitative research as well as designing and leading complex mixed method national evaluations for government. Jane has managed large multi disciplinary research teams and had budgetary responsibility for £30m of research contracts including winning and delivering major national surveys including the Heath Survey for England, The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, the Adult Psychiatric and Morbidity Survey, Understanding Society and British Social Attitudes. At NatCen Social Research she chaired the Ethics Committee and was the Executive Team Director with responsibility for research quality and safeguarding.

Jane has been a member of many national and international groups, working groups and committees in the research and statistics sector and including the Government Social Research Group and the Census Users Group. She currently sits on the expert Advisory Group for the DfE’s Study of Early Education and Development and is an external research associate for the General Medical Council. Before joining Cornish and Grey this year Jane worked a specialised futures forecasting agency (Trajectory) where she led on projects focussing on death and bereavement (Royal London Mutual, Dignity Funerals PLC) financial vulnerability (Fair Finance), leisure breaks for older people (Riviera Travel) and the future demand for English in Europe (British Council).

Jane has a BA (Hons) in Economics and Social Studies and a PhD in Law. She is a certified member of the Market Research Society.

Outside of work Jane is volunteer for Bags of Taste (a London based charity working with people struggling with food costs to eat better for less).