Gill Featherstone

Kada Associate

Gill Featherstone has 15 years’ experience working in the research, evaluation and consultation sector. She began her career as an intern with the Groundwork Trust in Oldham and Rochdale where she led community development projects and mentored young people taking part in the Prince’s Trust Leadership course. This was followed by a role at the City of Lincoln Council where she developed community development strategies and led on consultations for the planning and communities’ departments.
For seven years Gill was a Researcher and Research Manager at the National Foundation for Educational Research where she undertook large scale evaluations for clients such as the Department for Education, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Local Government Association. Gill has been a freelance research consultant for seven years and regularly works with clients including the Charities Evaluation Service, University College London and Kantar Public.

Strengths

Gill has extensive experience of designing and delivering evaluations and is an experienced interviewer and focus group facilitator.
She enjoys pulling together data and producing clear and concise reports and enjoys the challenge of desk research such as literature reviews. Key areas of interest in the field of education include whole school and system change, staff and student wellbeing and mental health, disengagement, post-16 skills, work experience, special educational needs, metacognition and neurodiversity.

Experience

Since joining Kada, Gill has worked on several evaluations, including that of an NHS digital transformation project and another exploring the impact of a regional growth hub.

Skills

Gill’s skills include project management, face-to-face, telephone and web conferencing interviews and focus groups, literature reviews, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, report-writing, evaluation design and working with evaluative tools such as logic models and theories of change.

Outside of Work

Outside of work, Gill takes care of her three daughters and works hard on keeping fit and healthy. She is currently studying part time towards a Masters in Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education at Buckinghamshire New University. She has become particularly interested in the subject of neurodivergence (having a daughter who is autistic) and reads extensively around the subject.

Interesting Fact

Gill once performed at the Albert Hall (playing the steel drums!)

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