Team

Meet the Work Foundation Team

Our Team

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.

Ben Harrison

Ben Harrison

Role: Director of the Work Foundation

Email: b.harrison1@lancaster.ac.uk 

Ben became Director of the Work Foundation in February 2020.

He has 15 years’ experience of working across the public, private and third sectors. Previously Ben was a member of the Senior Management team at The National Lottery Community Fund, the Director of Communications and Development at national think tank Centre for Cities, and worked as an economic development specialist at PwC. In 2010 he established and led Future of London and began his career at the Institute for Public Policy Research. He has appeared regularly in the media, and chairs and speaks at a wide range of events across the UK.

 

 

Rebecca Florisson

Rebecca Florisson

Role: Policy Advisor

Email: r.florisson@lancaster.ac.uk

Rebecca Florisson is a Policy Advisor at the Work Foundation, where she analyses labour market data as well as large longitudinal and WF bespoke survey datasets. Most recently, she co-authored the PEC Policy Review: Getting in and getting on in the creative industries, as well as The Looking Glass: mental health in the UK’s film and tv and cinema industry. Her main focus is on insecurity at work, social- and career mobility and diversity and inclusion issues. She joined the Work Foundation in 2018, prior to which she worked at the European agency, Eurofound, where she contributed to research on working conditions in gigwork, organisational restructuring, and scoping the future impact of technological change on the workforce- and skills composition of the manufacturing sector in Europe.

Dr Olivia Gable

Dr Olivia Gable

Role: Policy Analyst

Email: o.gable@lancaster.ac.uk

Dr Olivia Gable joined the Work Foundation as a Policy Analyst in 2019. She has been leading the development of a new work programme on insecurity, and she previously supported delivery of the Skills, Talent and Diversity workstrand for the Policy and Evidence Centre for the Creative Industries. Some of her research interests include the quality of work, pay, equality and the creative sector. Olivia has held various impact and research roles in public, charity and cultural sector organisations, including music charity PRS Foundation and the social enterprise Insight for Good. She completed her PhD in 2019 at the Open University on the value of public funding for popular musicians’ careers, looking at the Momentum music fund.

Sonia Stevenson

Sonia Stevenson

Role: Work Foundation Coordinator

Email: s.stevenson1@lancaster.ac.uk

Having worked for Lancaster University Management School for five years Sonia joined the Work Foundation as Office Coordinator in 2020. Experienced in office administration, event planning and demonstrating a high level of organisational skills, Sonia works to support the team with their research program. 

Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor

Role: Policy Analyst

Email: h.taylor11@lancaster.ac.uk

Heather joined the team in March 2020 after completing the Ambitious Futures Graduate Scheme, where she worked across various professional services functions within SOAS and Goldsmiths University of London, including: Global Engagement, Finance, Planning and the Careers Service. She graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2018 with MA (Hons) English and Philosophy.

Trinley Walker

Trinley Walker

Role: Policy Advisor

Email: t.walker9@lancaster.ac.uk

Trinley joined the Work Foundation in November 2019, as Policy Advisor. Prior to the Work Foundation, Trinley worked at the New Local Government Network, as Senior Researcher, where he authored reports on public service reform. He has held other roles at further think tanks, NGOs and at a central government department. Trinley holds an MSC from the University of Amsterdam and a BA from the University of Essex, both in Political Science.

 

Melanie Wilkes

Melanie Wilkes

Role: Senior Policy Advisor

Email: m.wilkes@lancaster.ac.uk

Melanie is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Work Foundation and is leading development of our new research programme. Recent work includes managing the Looking Glass, a research programme regarding the mental wellbeing of workers in the UK’s film, television and cinema industries. Other work has involved exploring sector-based approaches to improving workplace wellbeing and supporting implementation of the Skills Forecasting Service for the Screen Industries. She has extensive experience in research and policy development within the charity sector, most recently working with Scope, the disability equality charity, where she led a team developing solutions to tackle the disability employment gap.