Our People

Rebecca McFarlane

Rebecca is OPM Group’s correspondent based in Scotland, she is a highly experienced social researcher and project manager with a keen interest in social care, equalities and health.

‘Since joining OPM in 2008 I have had the opportunity to manage a wide variety of research and evaluation projects with clients from across the public and voluntary sectors. Some of the most interesting and rewarding work I’ve been involved in has been about how we effectively and accurately communicate the voices of those seldom heard to those responsible for developing and implementing policy in such a way that it can make a real difference. This continues to drive the work I do.

I moved to central Scotland in 2010 and have enjoyed developing a portfolio of work around my interests, particularly building on the large-scale project OPM completed in 2006 on unpaid carers in Scotland. This has led me to do some fascinating work both at national level with colleagues in the Scottish Government, and at a community level interviewing older carers on their experience of caring in some of the most deprived areas of Edinburgh.

My volunteer work with a local charity which supports children and adults with disabilities and their families has meant I am able to share the learning and skills of my day job to help build the capacity of my local community; particularly through supporting strategic planning, organisational development and service evaluation.’