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Caitlin Barrand

Caitlin has over ten years’ experience working across the health, charitable, academic, and government sectors. Caitlin has a strong interest in distilling complex research findings into clear, succinct messages and realistic, actionable recommendations. Throughout her career (most recently as Assistant Director for Policy & Campaigns at the charity Breast Cancer Now), Caitlin has led on the development of evidence bases to underpin impactful campaigns, compelling communications and useful patient information. She is well-versed in using a variety of qualitative and quantitative research techniques to understand the views of key stakeholders including patients, healthcare professionals, NHS leadership, commissioners, politicians, industry and the public.

“I came to OPM because I want to apply my skills to new areas and markets, and work with colleagues with a like-minded commitment to achieving social impact. I enjoy the fact that our employee ownership model means that we can follow our passions and pursue work that genuinely interests us.

I have a particular interest and expertise in cancer, prevention and public health. As a former scientist and health policy professional, I’m particularly keen on working at the interface between scientific / medical research and the NHS – understanding how to take potentially breakthrough research findings and translate them to achieve impact in a real-world context.

I’ve worked for years in the campaigning and communications field and understand what it takes to build a convincing influencing argument or a compelling media story. I enjoy working with clients to understand the audiences they are trying to reach and helping them to structure the research or evaluation approach and outputs to give them the best chance of doing this – whilst ensuring they can be sure that the findings are robust, unbiased and can be relied upon.”