We have a strong, experienced team led by Katy MacMillan.

She is a highly experienced social researcher having worked in this field for 18 years. Katy is supported by Nadia Hyder, senior researcher and Ann Elliott, research manager. All of our team are members of the Social Research Association and are members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

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Katy MacMillan

Qualifications: MA Honours (First Class) Geography and Management Studies, MPhil Urban Policy and Practice, University of Glasgow

Katy leads the team and is a highly experienced and respected researcher. She has worked in social research since 2001 and was a director of ODS Consulting before setting up Research Scotland in 2015.

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Nadia Hyder
Senior researcher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Medical Science, PgDip Drug and Alcohol Studies, University of Glasgow

Nadia is our senior researcher. She moved into social research in 2014 after completing a postgraduate diploma in Drug and Alcohol Studies from the University of Glasgow. Since joining our team more than five years ago, she has worked on a vast range of projects and has built strong relationships with our clients.

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Ann Elliott
Research Manager

Ann is our Research Manager and has worked in research for more than 20 years. She has a strong eye for detail and brings expertise in data management and organisation. Ann leads our data management work for all consultation analysis activity we undertake for the Scottish Government, involving a systematic and accountable approach to organising, coding and analysing data.

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Andrew Fyfe

(MA Hons First Class)

Andrew is an acknowledged expert on community regeneration, joint working and social inclusion in Scotland. He has also led our work in the fields of equalities, the third sector and community safety.

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Christina Bruce

(MA Hons, PGDip Housing)

Christina has worked with us over the past eight years and brings strong skills in running focus groups, individual interviews, qualitative analysis and report writing.  

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Jo Finlay

(MA Honours, Politics and Sociology), PRINCE 2 Practitioner

Jo has worked with us for over seven years. She brings expertise in community learning, capacity building and skills development.


Tara McGregor

Qualifications: Bsc. Honours (First Class – Plant Scienc, MSc Public Policy with distinction), University of Glasgow, Level 5 Diploma Professional Management Coach and Mentor

Tara is a highly skilled researcher with strong skills and experience of leading major research projects, including evaluations and developing learning materials and training programmes.