Angela joined Cordis Bright in May 2023. Recently completing her PhD in Criminology and Social Policy her thesis investigated, described, and analysed the narratives women shared about their criminalisation and experiences of the criminal justice system. It examined community sentences and how government policy over recent decades has impacted upon the lived experiences of women convicted of breaking the law. The work included an extended ethnographic data collection phase in a Women’s Centre in the north of England and utilised creative and participatory methodologies. Angela’s PhD was funded through the University of Oxford, the Open University and Brunel University through the Economic and Social Research Council.
Prior to the recent commissioning changes within the NHS Angela was also a non-executive director for NHS Leeds CCG. As Lay member on the Governing Body for Patient and Public involvement, Angela ensured that patient voice and experience was considered at every stage of the decision-making process. Angela’s term was initially for three years however this was extended given the exceptional circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic. Angela was a key contributor to strategic decision making during one of the most challenging times in the history of the NHS.
Angela also worked as a Research Director for Qa Research and was at the organisation for over 13 years where she was responsible for both winning and managing research and consultancy work within the Social Policy Team. Angela managed both large and small-scale projects which utilised mixed methods approaches. Her clients included central government, national charities, and local authorities. Angela is an expert in qualitative data collection and analysis and is especially skilled in engagement with people facing complex challenges in their lives, this resulted in Angela winning the MRS award for her work on breaking the cycle of offending. Angela has also worked as a freelance researcher for clients such as the Princes Trust and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Angela has an MSc in Youth Work and Community Development and worked for a period of time as a Youth Worker specialising in the creative arts, alongside her role at Qa.