Meet the team

3rd Horizons is an associate company and we rely on blending our individual expertise and experience in design, leadership, policy and research.

Robert Rae

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.

Specialising in scenario planning in the public sector, research and systems leadership, Robert has worked​ with over fifty organisations across the UK ​ for 3rd Horizons

He is a Senior Associate with The Staff College and sits on the Board of Vox Liminis, an arts-based organisation working in the criminal justice system.

Eve Hepburn

Eve Hepburn


Dr 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 Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief at Fearless Femme CIC, Trustee of the Articulate Hub Cultural Trust, and associate editor of Scottish Affairs.

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

Eve Hepburn

Lewis Bloss


Lewis Bloss is a skilled and versatile researcher with an MSc from Leiden University and an MA from the University of Edinburgh, where he specialised in areas including UK devolution, direct democracy, and party systems across Europe.

He has also led policy research projects for organisations including Common Weal and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association.

Lewis enjoys utilising a wide range of different methods to conduct research, and has experience both in qualitative methods such as interviews and in quantitative methods including the statistical analysis of large amounts of data.


Gregory White

Research Associate

Dr. 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.


Geoff Smith


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 thinkingQuality 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 and aims to extend our unique mix of research, creative design, systems leadership and policy development support to Australia.

Tara McGregor

Tara McGregor


Tara is a facilitator, coach and researcher based in Glasgow. She is also an Associate Director with Research Scotland.

Tara specialises in outcome focused approaches to planning and research. Increasingly, she is embedding improvement methodologies in her practice. As a facilitator and accredited coach Tara supports individuals, teams and partnerships to progress ideas, improvement and change. She is a highly skilled facilitator, with experience of designing and running strategic planning sessions, stakeholder events, workshops and focus groups.

A highly skilled researcher, Tara is known for her practical and participative approach to research design and reporting. She has led a wide range of national and local research and evaluation projects for public and third sector clients over the past ten years.

Tara has been working with the third and public sectors in Scotland for over fifteen years, and understands the public policy landscape in Scotland extremely well. She began her career in a youth health service in the Maryhill, Glasgow. Tara joined the civil service graduate programme in 2003, and worked in a range of policy roles within the Scottish Government for four years. She joined ODS Consulting in 2007, and became a Director in 2012. She co-founded Research Scotland in 2015.

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