Gillian is a senior associate in Frontier’s public policy practice and undertakes work focusing on the labour market, education and skills, and family-related policy for a variety of government departments non-government organisations.
She has previously worked for the Institute for Fiscal Studies, World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and has held research and teaching positions at the London School of Economics and Princeton University.
Gillian specialises in analysing and evaluating policy relating to mothers’ employment, childcare and poverty, with a particular focus on examining patterns of behaviour over time. Her ongoing work includes evaluations of the national rollout and early tests of 30 hours free childcare; development and analysis of the Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers; and the Study of Early Education and Development for the Department of Education, while other recent projects include quantitative analysis of potential work returners for the Government Equalities Office; an evaluation of a work experience placements programme for the Nuffield Foundation; and advising the Welsh Government on free childcare places. Gillian has used her work to inform broader policy discussion including presenting research at academic conferences; giving evidence at the House of Commons; and serving as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Committee on Affordable Childcare.