Meet the team

Meet the team 2018-01-18T14:45:05+00:00
3rd Horizons is an associate company and we rely on blending our individual expertise and experience in design, leadership, policy and research.

Robert Rae, Director

Robert Rae

In his early career, Robert worked in the Scottish Government and then, for ten years, worked at the Scottish Parliament. Latterly, he was director of the Scottish Parliament’s think tank, Scotland’s Futures Forum.

In 2011, Robert set up the Scottish futures consultancy, 3rd Horizons. Specialising in scenario planning in the public sector, research and systems leadership, Since then, 3rd Horizons has worked with over fifty organisations across the UK.

He is a Senior Associate with the Staff College and sits on two Trusts in Glasgow – Vox Liminis, an arts-based organisation working in the criminal justice system and GalGael, a community anchor Trust based in Govan

Gregory White, Research Associate

Gerogory WhiteDr. Gregory White is a Research Associate in the Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent. He is currently working on adult social care policy, and, specifically, the Care Act (2014).

He recently completed his ESRC-funded PhD in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, UK. The research focused on the relationship between social policy and social movements in a post-economic crisis context. His research interests include the study of contemporary social movements, the economic crisis and social policy and political sociology.

He authored a research report in 2014 – funded by the ESRC – on the impact of welfare reform on third sector organisations in Scotland.

Gregory is a Research Associate at 3H and involved in a number of live research projects in social services.

Kirsty Hernon, Associate

Kirsty HernonKirsty started with 3H as an intern, managing the office and looking after finances. Over time Kirsty has been developing workshops, conducting research and using creative methods to engage participants as well as developing 3H social media.

Kirsty recently graduated with a BA Hons in Community Education from the University of Strathclyde. Her dissertation focused on’ how do young people operationalise smoking within their identity work.’ Her passion is to target health inequalities.

Kirsty has worked for various health promotion programmes and is the founding Chief Executive of an exciting new national Social Enterprise in Scotland, Future Focus which is run for and by young people, and responsible for the design and delivery of smoking prevention events and resources, particularly in areas of multiple deprivation. The express purpose of the social enterprise is to address inter generational attitudes to smoking and to foster a change in attitudes to smoking. The social enterprise is developing youth-led consultancy services to educational authorities, youth organisations, colleges and universities and the workplace around smoking.

Geoff Smith, Associate

Geoff is a versatile social and behavioural researcher with 20 years’ experience in sectors –including academia, food relief, blood donation, education, and public health. Starting out as a research psychologist, Geoff has always been people-focussed working to involve the right people in the right projects. Skilled at every step of the research cycle, Geoff enjoys developing collaborations to identify the core issues facing organisations and facilitating user centred solutions.

Working in the not for profit sector has taught Geoff how to deliver quality outcomes inclusively and ethically, through innovative methods that save time and money. His key ideal is to include and respect the people who own the problem and who will implement and be the end-users of the solutions at all stops on the journey.

Geoff brings value through:

  • Versatility in deploying research and management skills to diverse subject areas
  • Problem solving through innovative thinking
  • Quality reporting, engaging presentations to public and industry
  • Maintaining a network across many disciplines and industries
  • Strong project management
  • Stakeholder/customer management/facilitation

Geoff has a passion for applied social research that improves lives, implementing innovation to address persistent issues while creating a positive and enjoyable work environment and lasting relationships.

Geoff is an Associate with 3H and aims to extend the unique 3H mix of research, creative design, systems leadership and policy development support to Australia.

Eve Hepburn, Associate

Eve HepburnDr Eve Hepburn is a policy research consultant, academic and social entrepreneur. Prior to joining 3H and establishing her own company PolicyScribe Ltd, Eve was a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Eve’s academic and policy-consultancy career spans over 15 years of research on substate policy-making, European integration and immigration in the UK, Canada, Germany, Italy and elsewhere. She has authored nine books and over 40 refereed journal articles on these subjects, and has won over £400,000 in research funding from organisations such as the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Council, the Carnegie Trust and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for Canada. She is also Founding Director of Fearless Femme CIC, non-executive director of WomenBeing CIC, Trustee of the Articulate Hub Cultural Trust, and associate editor of Scottish Affairs.

Eve is an Associate of 3H where she undertakes comparative social science research and policy analysis using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods.