Leila Baker

Senior Associate


Leila has supported organisations in the public and voluntary sectors for 25 years; this includes supervision, commissioning and delivery of research, evaluation and consultancy. Recent published work includes leading the UK inquiry commissioned by Local Trust with funding from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Future for Communities: Perspectives on Power, as well as the landmark study on small charities, The Value of Small commissioned by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

Leila has extensive expertise in brokering partnerships between research and practice and has written/presented and taught on this subject. These include the practitioner-led evidence review Volunteering and early childhood outcomes commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund; and learning partnerships with Big Local, a national community development programme (2012 – 2015); with BBC Children in Need and the Premier League (2015 to date); and Commonweal Housing (2015 – 2018). Leila’s practice is underpinned by action research principles, for example People, Places and Health Agencies for Local Trust, and adheres to high quality and ethical industry standards.