Welcome to NLH Partnership


About NLH Partnership


NLH Partnership was set up in 2006 by its current Director, Nigel Lloyd, and since then has been delivering the highest quality research and evaluation services for a range of public and third sector partners. These include national government, local authorities, local and national charities, and funding organisations such as the Big Lottery Fund.

Prior to setting up NLH Partnership, Nigel already had a decade of research and evalution exprience, having worked as an academic researcher and indepenent research consultant. He was also an evaluation advisor and National Coordinator for the National Evaluation of Sure Start, based at Birkbeck College (University of London).

Since 2006, NLH Partnership has conducted a broad range of research, evaluation, training and support work, including: impact and outcomes evaluations; community surveys and consultations; needs analyses; multi-agency and partnership-working evaluations; organisational development projects; planning, performance management and outcomes development consultancy work; and research and evaluation training and support.

We continue to focus on projects that aim to bring about positive change and outcomes for children, families, and communities, particularly those experiencing social disadvantage.


Get in touch

Please get in touch if you’d like to chat about your organisation’s specic needs. This could be for an evaluation or research project, some training, or some development for you team or organisation.

Whatever your needs, get in touch for a free consultation, and we can discuss how NLH Partnership can meet your needs.






Nigel Lloyd

Nigel Lloyd is NLH Partnership’s Director and Principal Researcher. He is a hugely experienced social researcher, evaluator, trainer, and consultant. Nigel began his research career teaching a range of topics, including research methodology and statistical analysis to university undergraduates. He has more than 20 years’ experience of conducting social research and evaluation, and is a highly-skilled researcher, with expertise in the use of a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and methodologies.

Nigel is an outcomes measurement specialist, and leads NLH Partnership’s impacts and outcomes measurement work. He has particular expertise in outcomes measurement for services for children and families, health promotion and improvement programmes, and community-focused, multi-agency initiatives. Prior to forming NLH Partnership, Nigel spent four years at Birkbeck College, University of London, working for the National Evaluation of Sure Start, as an evaluation, evaluation advisor, and National Coordinator.

Nigel has been responsible for designing, conducting and successfully completing many dozens of social research projects, working with a wide range of clients. These include a large number of local authorities, central government, and numerous health, voluntary and community sector clients.

Since 2014 Nigel has been an Analytical Associate with the UK Department for Education, and has conducted a number of high-profile projects for the Department.



Tom Wilson

Tom has substantial experience of post-16 education and qualifications research and management.

Tom is currently Chair of GTA England, the umbrella body for Group Training Associations, which are not for profit local consortia of employers delivering Apprentices and related training. He is also Chair of the UfI Charitable Trust, a charity dedicated to promoting and funding digital vocational education for adults.

He was the Director of Unionlearn, the education, learning and skills organisation of the TUC until 2015. Tom was also Vice Chair of Sussex Downs FE College from 2014 to 2018, Goldsmiths University Council 2013 to 2019, and the SFA Advisory Board from 2012 to 2015. He has been a member of numerous apprenticeship and training bodies and commissions. Tom has designed and delivered training courses for the WEA, ILO, and Trades Unions; and been involved in several FE training courses and conferences on, for example, finance, diversity, HR, governance, curriculum and apprenticeships.

Tom is also an experienced researcher. This includes 20 years leading the research departments for different Trades Unions (GMB, AUT, NATFHE) and an additional 13 years overseeing research on education for the TUC. He has substantial primary research experience.

Tom was a visiting fellow (20014 to 2018) at the Institute of Education and is currently a visiting fellow at the University of Wolverhampton. He has led seminars at both institutions on apprenticeships and skills policy. Tom has authored and co-authored research papers on vocational training and education, both in the UK and for ILO and OECD. He is also a Fellow of the CIPD and has substantial management experience, including managing budgets, HR, training, negotiation, conciliation and mediation.



Andy Simpson

Andy is a hugely experienced practitioner, manager and leader, with particular expertise in developing and managing complex, multi-agency services. He began his working life as a secondary school teacher, before spending a number of years working as a specialist social worker and service manager with children and young people with disabilities. He is a former National Chair of the Shared Care Network.

Andy spent 11 years working as a Strategic Manager with Sure Start Local Programmes and Children’s Centres, and developed a network of 6 Children’s Centres with over 100 staff and a complex array of multi-agency services. He has particular expertise in effectively managing change within organisations. Andy served for 3 years on the DfE Children’s Centre Leader’s National Reference Group and was also a member of the Key Partners Group of the Government’s Social Work Taskforce.

Andy has also worked as a social work consultant, practice teacher and lecturer. He is an experienced and engaging trainer, facilitator and workshop leader.



Ray Easton

Ray has over 20 years’ experience of working on business support training in the early years and childcare sector. He has worked extensively with central government, delivering policy implementation and practical advice to local authorities on sufficiency duties, sustainability, business support and childcare market development strategies.

Over the past few years Ray has worked with numerous local authorities on their market development strategies, business development, and training on implementation of free entitlement policies. He has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering business systems and support packages for childcare settings and schools, to improve their self-sufficiency, business skills and sustainability opportunities.

Recent work has focused on the 2 year old childcare offer, 30 hours childcare strategy and delivery projects, and specific childcare market analysis and take up projects.



Kathryn Hodges

Kathryn is a skilled researcher, consultant, trainer and qualitative data analyst.  During her career, she has worked in a number of different roles across social care research and practice, leadership and management, and higher education.

Kathryn is a registered social worker, with the majority of her practice career spent leading substance use services.  She is a former CEO of a small addictions charity and held the post of Head of Department of Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University. 

Kathryn is currently a visiting research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St. Mary’s University, and chair of trustees at Women@theWell, a service supporting women involved, or at risk of involvement, in prostitution.  She sits on the Ministry of Justice Advisory Board for Female Offenders.

Kathryn has completed a number of research projects exploring the choices and decisions made by individuals when seeking help and support.  For example, her doctoral research explored the multiple and intersecting experiences of women women involved in prostitution, and the decisions they make when seeking help and support.  This work involved developing a taxonomy of service provision, a systems map of experiences, and developing a Complex Experiences Care model. 



Rosie Green

Rosie is a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) specialist, with more than 15 years’ experience in this field. She holds an M.Ed. in Inclusive Education, and is committed to improving the life chances of vulnerable children and young people.

Rosie spent more than a decade working as a Specialist Teacher, supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, medical conditions, and social, emotional and mental health difficulties who were unable to attend mainstream settings. Her work included: establishing reintegration strategies for learners; developing and delivering personalised curriculums for pupils; providing direct support for vulnerable children and young people; and providing training and bespoke support for individuals, schools, academies and multi-agency partners.

She has also worked as a local authority Lead Teacher for SEND, driving schools improvement through capacity building, support and challenge, and the provision of expert advice to mainstream primary, secondary and other educational settings.



Sarah McIlroy

Sarah is a school improvement specialist with more than 12 years’ experience of working to support schools in identifying and implementing strategies for raising standards and narrowing the gap in achievement and attainment.

With a particular expertise in mathematics, Sarah has vast experience of working with schools to support the leadership and management of school improvement and curriculum development, and to support them in delivering National Curriculum requirements. Prior to becoming a School Improvement Consultant, Sarah taught across all primary age ranges, undertaking the role of mathematics subject leader and Primary National Strategy Mathematics Leading Teacher.

Sarah is an effective communicator and hugely experienced trainer. A particular strength is her ability to work collaboratively with partners to support their continual progress and to identify areas for development and effective strategies for improvement.

She is a National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) Professional Development Accredited Lead and AQA trainer for Primary Mathematics.