Our People

Allice HockingAllice Hocking
Allice joined SERIO in 2010 as a Head of SERIO and works across a portfolio of projects, managing and conducting research. Over the past 20 years Allice has worked as a researcher on a wide range of projects within academia, the voluntary sector and private consultancy. Her work encompasses a broad range of social policy areas, including health, community safety and culture, and she has developed particular expertise in the evaluation of social projects and programmes.
Previously she was the Director of Social Policy Research at ECORYS UK where she undertook large scale evaluations and research projects.....more

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Lee RichardsLee Richards
Lee is a Senior Research Manager at SERIO and is experienced at managing multiple programmes of work. Lee joined SERIO in August 2016 and prior to this worked for Regen SW, focussing on developing the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. Lee's career to date has focussed upon policy and enterprise development, supporting interventions that aim to increase economic performance, growth and employment....more

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Melanie BrooksMelanie Brooks
Melanie is a Research Manager at SERIO whose role involves conducting and managing multiple research projects, particularly those comprising large scale survey elements. Melanie brings strong practical knowledge and experience of research methods and data analysis to the team, with a particular expertise in quantitative research. Recent clients that Melanie has delivered projects for include Innovate UK, Ageing Well Torbay, Plunkett Foundation and the Cornwall Development Company.

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Pamela VarleyPamela Varley
Pamela joined SERIO in October 2016 as a Research Manager. She has a strong background in research design, methodology and analysis; skills gleaned over the years within analytical, research and strategic roles. Pamela enjoys working across a wide range of thematic areas, with a particular inclination towards community-based research. She is currently managing an evaluation of a social accelerator programme that offers intensive support and affordable loan investment for social ventures, and leading on an annual survey of innovation centre business clients...more

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Helen BarrettHelen Barrett
Helen is a Research Assistant at SERIO and has experience of working on a wide range of projects. She has expertise in delivering both quantitative and qualitative research, and is experienced in conducting telephone and face to face interviews, delivering online surveys, and undertaking comprehensive literature reviews. Helen has worked on several in-depth literature reviews, including a systematic review on oral health promotion for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and a review on antenatal screening for cystic fibrosis for the UK National Screening Committee.

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Donna VascottDonna Vascott
Donna joined SERIO in May 2014 as a Research Assistant and is dedicated to the Unlocking Potential Research programme. Here, she supports all the research projects including Female Entrepreneurship, the longitudinal tracking of graduate start-ups in Cornwall, and the ongoing provision of reactive projects to inform the delivery of the programme’s Fast Forward Groups...more

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Dr Michelle Tester-JonesMichelle Tester-Jones
Michelle joined SERIO in January 2017 as a Research Assistant. Prior to this, she completed a postdoctoral position with the University of Exeter’s Mood Disorders Centre, which investigated the active ingredients in an online cognitive behavioural therapy for depression. Michelle has an extensive background in research design, methodology and advanced statistical analysis and has experience in conducting literature reviews, face to face and telephone interviews, observations and laboratory experiments with a particular focus on health, wellbeing and mood disorders....more

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Claudia BlandonClaudia Blandon
Claudia is a Research Assistant at SERIO and has experience working on a wide range of qualitative projects. Prior to joining SERIO, Claudia worked in education research for four  years. Claudia has extensive experience conducting research with groups considered vulnerable and at risk of exclusion (refugee camps, domestic violence refuges, and people with diverse disabilities)...more

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Our Expertise

Our expertise

Our core interdisciplinary team includes experts from a variety of backgrounds and we are unique in our ability to draw on specific expert knowledge for each and every project.

Part of Plymouth University, we collaborate with academics from across the institution, as well as other external specialists, in order to provide clients with the best possible expertise and insight


Our Successes

Our successes


SERIO has built a strong track record, working across our key services and areas of expertise. Find out more about the expert knowledge and practical solutions we have provided in previous projects, and the clients we have helped across the private, public and social purpose sectors.