Sophie Ahmad

Sophie is an experienced researcher who has led complex, multi-method research and evaluation projects for government departments, local authorities, health trusts, regulators, sector improvement bodies, charities, and utility companies.

Sophie has led two major insight projects for SK to date. The first, an in-depth qualitative study, explored people’s aspirations for their health over their life course and how services can support these ambitions. The second, explored the gaps between what patients want from healthcare and what six leading international systems actually deliver.

Sophie was previously Head of Research at the Office for Public Management (OPM), where she was responsible for building the research business, directing projects, and leading the company’s work in the voluntary sector.

Sophie has particular interests in health and social care, civil society issues, equality and diversity, professionalism, partnership working, and governance. In addition to research, she has worked as an organisational development consultant for OPM and Compass Partnership, and remains strongly committed to helping clients use insight to support performance improvement and change.

Before moving into research and consultancy, Sophie commissioned and published academic books in social policy, sociology, politics and international relations.

Outside work, Sophie can be found putting her ageing badminton team through their paces in Kentish Town, or learning to make Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa in her friend’s house in Puglia.