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NatCen announces new leadership of Health Research teams

26 May 2016

NatCen Social Research has appointed two new members of staff to lead its health research teams.

 Gillian Prior has been appointed as Head of Health and Bio-Medical Surveys, and will lead a team of about 20 researchers with expertise in conducting nationally representative health surveys. Gillian re-joins NatCen from TNS-BMRB where she is Head of Longitudinal Studies. She draws on extensive experience of managing complex social surveys, having been Project Director for Understanding Society for the last three years and managing the Health Survey for England during her previous tenure at NatCen.  

Fay Sullivan has been appointed as Head of Health Policy Research. NatCen’s Health Policy team is involved with the evaluation of health policies in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as conducting qualitative and mixed-methods research, and analyses using survey and administrative data. Fay brings with her comprehensive health policy knowledge and methodological expertise, joining NatCen from The Health Foundation, where she held the role of Research Manager.

Guy Goodwin, Chief Executive of NatCen Social Research said:

“Gillian and Fay bring a wealth of experience in research management and leadership, as well as the skills to help NatCen develop our offering across our health policy and survey teams. We see the health sector as an area of growth for NatCen, and these appointments will provide important leadership over the coming years.”

Gillian Prior replaces Rachel Craig, who retired earlier this year. Fay Sullivan replaces Sally McManus, who continues to work for NatCen as Research Associate.

Fay is already in post, having joined NatCen on 3rd May. Gillian will take up her post on 6th June 2016.


For more information contact Leigh Marshall: or 0207 549 8506 / 07828 031 850.

Notes to Editors

About NatCen

NatCen Social Research is an independent, not for profit organisation. We believe that social research has the power to make life better. By really understanding the complexity of people’s lives and what they think about the issues that affect them, we give the public a powerful and influential role in shaping decisions and services that can make a difference to everyone.