The ESRC Centre for Population Change Advisory Board comprises of national and international academics and representatives of the user community, including national and local government and third sector users. Board members have been chosen for their knowledge, skills and experience. The purpose of the ESRC Centre for Population Change Advisory board is to provide advice, inform, support and make recommendations to the Centre Director's regarding the Centres management, direction, progress and budget. The Advisory Board meets twice a year.

Advisory Board


Professor Tim Allen (Chair)

Visiting Professor - Birkbeck, University of London

Tim Allen is owner and co-owner of two research consultancies, and combines this with teaching post graduates on public policy, and working in various capacities with UK Research Councils. Previously, Tim was research director for the Local Government Association and a civil servant in the Department for Environment, Food and the Treasury.

Earlier roles included head of Corporate Strategy, Research and Corporate Governance for the former Countryside Agency, a regional director for the Countryside Commission, and leading programmes to green agriculture, before which he worked as a property professional in public and private practice.

Tim is a Chartered Surveyor, visiting fellow at Cranfield University, a visiting professor at Birkbeck, a Secretary of State appointee to the Local Public Data Panel and a member of the Public Policy Advisory Committee at the University of Southampton.

Michael Anderson

Professor Michael Anderson

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Professor Emeritus - University of Edinburgh

Michael Anderson is Hon. Fellow and Professor Emeritus of Economic History, University of Edinburgh. He was Senior Vice-Principal of the University 2000-2007. In the past, Michael served on five different subject committees/boards of SSRC/ESRC and as a member of the ESRC Council, as well as of the Council of the British Academy, the Council of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the British Library Board, and he chaired the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland for 12 years.

He is currently a member of the Office of National Statistics UK Population Theme Advisory Board, but devotes the majority of his time to finishing a wide ranging comparative study of the population histories of the different parts and occupational groups of Scotland for the period since c1850. He also has ongoing interests in the sociology and history of forethought and in the social structure of nineteenth century Britain as seen through the censuses.

Mike Daly

Mike Daly

Civil Servant - Department of Work and Pensions

Mike is a career Civil Servant, having worked as a government statistician since leaving Cambridge University in 1980. He has worked in a wide variety of analytical posts, in fields including: consumer price indices; labour supply estimation/projection; small business statistics, analysis and monitoring of training programmes.

In 1997 Mike moved to the then Employment Service to work on the evaluation of New Deal for Young People. Over the next ten years he was involved in much of the evaluation activity of UK Welfare to Work programmes.

In his current role in the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Central Analysis Division, Mike has responsibilities including; oversight of DWP's research programme, security assurance for research projects, and providing expert support to research and evaluation activity across DWP.

Mike has been a member of the Cross-Government Evaluation Group since 2009, and was part of the working group developing the new version of the Magenta Book, the government guide to evaluation. He is also a member of the DWP Data Access Ethics Committee.

Prof John Ermisch

John Ermisch

Professor - University of Oxford


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John Ermisch is Professor of Family Demography at the University of Oxford. His research interests focus on the structure and dynamics of families and their interaction with wider society. Currently he is studying the intergenerational exchange of support and the interaction between housing transitions and fertility. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy.

Kirsty MacLachlan

Kirsty MacLachlan

Head of Demography - National Records of Scotland

Kirsty MacLachlan is Head of Demography at the National Records of Scotland (NRS). Her responsibilities include the production of key demographic information on the people of Scotland and the maintenance of the NHS Central Register. Prior to joining GROS, Kirsty worked as a statistician in HM Inspectorate of Education. Previously she has worked as a lecturer in statistics at Napier University and as a statistician in various Scottish Government departments.

Judith Phillips

Professor Judith Phillips

Professor - University of Stirling


Judith Phillips is Deputy Principal (Research) and Professor of Gerontology at the University of Stirling. Her research interests are in the social, behavioural and environmental aspects of ageing. She has extensive links with policy and practice, and was previously the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University, Director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research for Wales and the School of Social Care Research in Wales.

Following a geography degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, she went to study at Stockholm University, Jesus College, Oxford and UEA, Norwich, where she worked as a researcher and a lecturer before joining the Centre for Social Gerontology at the University of Keele in 1993. Judith returned to Wales in 2004 to set up the Centre for Innovative Ageing.

Judith has held visiting Senior Research Fellowships at the universities of Umeå and Lund, Sweden; New College, Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science.