What and who is Horizons Research?

We’re a private limited company, mix of full-time employees, senior associates and collaborators. We’re based in Glasgow, in the lovely Merchant City but work across the UK.

some of the Horizons Research team

We sometimes struggle to neatly say what we do. We work in the interesting space between and across research, policy, evaluation, design and leadership. We increasingly undertake research, evaluation and learning projects in the public sector, reflecting perhaps the increasing need for organisations to better understand their impact and consider new ways of working.

We like to do work that contributes to system change and public good.

  • We’re commercial but we are not driven by profit
  • We have high professional standards for all our work but we maintain a light heartedness in our approach
  • We listen to the needs of our partners and meet them wherever they’re at

Staff

Robert Rae

I’m Rob and Chief Exec. I’ve led the organisation for the last ten years. I work as a researcher, policy analyst, facilitator, service designer and evaluator on a range of projects, in education, health and social services.

My background is policy and research and have a particular interest in scenario planning. I’m also a Senior Associate at the brilliant Staff College, leading their ‘Uncharted’ programme of work in children’s services in Scotland and England.

Robert Rae

Chief Exec

robert@horizonsresearch.org
Lewis Bloss

I’m Lewis and I’m Senior Researcher at Horizons. I’m interested in all kinds of policy areas and I’m experienced in a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including evidence reviews, interviews and statistical analysis.

Previously, I’ve worked in policy, research and communications across a diverse range of policy areas including transport, climate change and children’s services, for organisations including Common Weal and Keep Scotland Beautiful. I also have an MA in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, as well as an MSc in Political Science from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Lewis Bloss

Senior Researcher

lewis@horizonsresearch.org

Senior Associates

Tara McGregor

I’m Tara, an Associate with Horizons. I have worked in policy and research for almost twenty years - within Government, as a Director of Research Scotland and more recently on a freelance basis.

I am interested in all kinds of research and policy that impact on communities. I am a seasoned researcher, but my biggest love is facilitation and coaching. I am at my happiest with a room full of people - or just an individual - facing a problem, challenge or task. I am a qualified coach, and have experience with a wide range of facilitation, systems and improvement methodologies.

Tara McGregor

Associate

tara@horizonsresearch.org
Gregory White

I’m Gregory, an academic researcher in the social sciences, with specialist knowledge in qualitative and mixed-method projects. I have previously worked at The Poverty Alliance, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Kent, on projects relating to policy analysis, urban poverty, health inequalities, and the social care sector.

I work at Horizons Research as an Associate and am involved in a number of live research projects in social services. I'm also currently a Senior Researcher at the University of Essex, working on a lottery-funded evaluation of ‘A Better Start Southend’ – a ten-year test-and-learn programme aiming at transforming ways of thinking about services for very young children. I completed my ESRC-funded PhD in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York.

Gregory White

Associate

gregory@horizonsresearch.org
Ida Hendrich

I’m Ida, an illustrator and designer specialising in visualising research and concepts. I like to ensure my work colourfully and energetically explores visual storytelling. I’m particularly interested in using my skills to make complex ideas and research accessible to all. At Horizons I work closely with the team to create engaging visuals.

Ida Hendrich

Illustrator and designer

ida@horizonsresearch.org