Vanessa joined Substance to take on a lead role in the development and application of quantitative research methods. Previously, Vanessa worked as a researcher in the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield. Her background and expertise in Psychology (BSc (Hons) Psychology & Neuroscience and MSc in Organisational Psychology) has given Vanessa a wide range of experience of conducting research amongst disadvantaged groups. Previous positions working in mental health and substance misuse services drives her goal to work with organisations who aim to improve people’s quality of life. Vanessa found this at Substance in the many sports for development organisations she now works with. Vanessa will bring particular skills in designing quantitative data collection tools appropriate to the target audiences, identifying trends in the data, conducting statistical analysis and data modelling.
I have a strong interest in health and wellbeing, and Substance’s client base tend to be organisations who work to improve this for the people they work with. For me, the best thing about working at Substance is the opportunity to use my research skills to contribute to projects I believe in. We work with a huge variety of clients; different types of organisations in different sectors and that means I am always learning something new and interesting. Projects I have worked on range from outdoor recreation, to financial education to football (to name just a few). Substance is a very unique company and I am lucky enough to work with people who are both knowledgeable and passionate. We are small enough to know each other really well and for everybody to have their say, and that is something I really enjoy. Outside of work I enjoy the outdoors; walking, cycling and running, as well making the most of the vibrant culture Manchester has on offer.