Dr Clare Collins is an OPM Associate who has run her own consultancy business since 2001 with a range of clients across the public and voluntary sectors. She is also a Senior Associate Consultant at CIE LLP and at Revolving Doors Agency. Previously she has been Principal Consultant at Shared Intelligence (Si); Health Research Director at Opinion Leader; and a Senior Researcher with the University of Central Lancashire Centre for Ethnicity and Health. Before becoming a consultant she was a Senior Civil Servant at the Ministry of Justice (then the Lord Chancellor’s Department) where she led departmental implementation of the Human Rights Act. Clare has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Clare is a highly experienced qualitative researcher, project manager and report-writer. She has designed and delivered research with a range of groups including policymakers, professionals, stakeholders, the public and seldom heard groups, the latter including: people from a range of Black and minority ethnic and faith groups; people with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions including cancer, mental health, learning disabilities and hearing impairments; and people involved with the criminal justice system.
She most recently worked with OPM on their research for NHS England on accessing the views of people from Black and minority ethnic groups with cancer. Clare led the community fieldwork strand of the project, establishing relationships with a range of Black and minority ethnic community organisations in different parts of England to facilitate accessing the views of their local community. As part of this project Clare facilitated focus groups with people from the Chinese, Black African and Caribbean, Indian and Bangladeshi communities in Manchester, Leicester and London.
Clare has recognised expertise on equalities and human rights issues and co-authored the 2015 Equality and Human Rights Commission’s statutory report to Parliament, Is Britain Fairer. Clare’s other publications include Call to Mind: Wales. Findings from the Review of Veterans’ and their Families’ Mental and Related Health Needs in Wales (for Forces in Mind Trust), Not Ready for the Scrapheap: Looking for Work after 50 (for Age Concern England), Commission of Equality and Human Rights Community Consultation (for DCLG), Making Rights Real (for Mental Health Act Commission) and Race and the Public Sector Reform Agenda (for IPPR).