MLR work with a number of associates, joint-working within partnerships (for example, in joint bids and delivery) and also with individuals where a particular skill or expertise is required to meet customer need. This page lists some of those associate networks and support.

MLR>> Associate networks & partnerships


Created in 2015 to support the growth of the social enterprise sector in the North West, Capacity develops new approaches to create change on both the commissioning and delivery side of services. Michael has worked as a research associate at Capacity since 2021. For more on Capacity services, visit

Centre for Public Innovation (CPI)

This Community Interest Company (CIC) provide innovative services that deliver improved outcomes, working in a range of specialist fields including substance misuse and violence reduction. Michael has been a CPI associate for five years. For more on CPI services, visit

MLR>> Associates

Please note: MLR>> associate status is by invitation only.

Advisory Panel (non-executive members)

Panel Member Employment status  Expertise
Dave Bishop


Programme Development Manager, Uganda at JENGA Community Development Outreach


>> Impact assessment

>> Capacity building & NGO's 

Margi Butler


Head of Commissioning, Mental Health & Armed Forces Health - Warrington CCG, Warrington


>> Mental health

>> Veteran & offender health

Jill Cushing Evaluation & Impact Lead (Children & Young People's Emotional Health & Wellbeing), Barnardo's

>> CYP mental health & wellbeing

>> Resilience, evidence & evaluation

Professor Paul Ekblom Professor of Design Against Crime - Design Against Crime Research Centre, London

>> Situational crime prevention

>> Conceptual frameworks & horizon scanning

Ian Gilliver


Technical Writer & Editor - Retired Consultant, Macclesfield

>> Strategy

>> Editorial

Professor Alex Hirschfield


Retired Professor of Criminology and Director - Applied Criminology Centre (ACC), Huddersfield


>> Environmental criminology

>> Policy evaluation & health impact  

Chris Young


Performance Analyst, Newcastle City Council


>> Data analysis & GIS mapping.

>> Community safety research methods

Why don't you get in touch if you feel you have a query we can help you with? In the first instance send Michael an email:

Michael Lloyd - Owner & Principal Researcher

>> Michael has over 20 years experience as a social researcher - working in a variety of academic, private sector and local authority research 'hubs'.

>> Skills include: Evaluation; Criminal Justice Research; Health Needs Assessment; Housing & Community Research; Stakeholder Engagement; Economic & Labour Market Statistics; GIS/Visualisation; Linking Social Research Methodologies. Find out more about Michael on LinkedIn here

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