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Roger Harding joins NatCen as Head of Public Attitudes

01 February 2017

Roger HardingThe National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), the leading independent social research agency, has appointed Roger Harding to help realise its vision of being Britain’s go to organisation on public attitudes. Harding – who joins after three and a half years as Shelter’s Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns – will lead new efforts to put NatCen’s deep insights into Britain’s values and beliefs at the service of policymakers, advocates and active citizens.

The appointment comes as NatCen looks to use its rich heritage of work on public attitudes, especially in the form of the British and Scottish Social Attitudes surveys and the recently launched NatCen Panel, to help inform policymaking, engage voters and improve the quality of social change efforts from charities and public bodies.

Building on Roger's experience in shaping and tracking campaigns to change attitudes on major policy issues, he will lead work to secure new projects with partners who want to determine their strategies based on the deepest long-term insight work available in Britain today.

Guy Goodwin, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Social Research said:

“Bringing Roger on board is integral to our efforts to use our in-depth understanding of public attitudes to deliver even greater impact on the key issues facing the country. Roger brings a rare mix of strong communications and policy experience combined with a long track record of using public insight to make change happen.”  

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For more information contact Leigh Marshall: leigh.marshall@natcen.ac.uk or 0207 549 8506 / 07828 031 850.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Roger’s work for NatCen begins as Head of Public Attitudes in early April 2017. He will be taking on the role part-time.  He is stepping down as Shelter’s Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns in late March 2017. At Shelter Roger led an 80 strong team whose award winning campaigns have put housing issues centre stage. Roger joined Shelter in 2010. Previously he was Senior Policy & Public Affairs Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  1. NatCen Social Research is an independent, not for profit organisation. We believe that social research has the power to make life better. By really understanding the complexity of people’s lives and what they think about the issues that affect them, we give the public a powerful and influential role in shaping decisions and services that can make a difference to everyone.