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Our Associates

We are proud of our long-term relationships with our associates

Dr Clare Collins


Clare is a former Senior Civil Servant at the Ministry of Justice (then the Lord Chancellor’s Department) where she led departmental implementation of the Human Rights Act. Now an experienced consultant and author of a number of publications, Clare has specialist expertise in mental health, offender health, long term conditions, working with regulators, and equalities and human rights across sectors. She holds a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the London School of Economics.

“Research projects with Revolving Doors Agency enable me to work with a diverse range of participants, including those who are seldom heard. Currently I am lead researcher on a project engaging people with multiple and complex needs to inform HM Courts and the Tribunal Service’s digital transformation programme. I also worked on the agency’s recent evaluation of Camden CCG’s personal health budgets pilot.”

Claire Cairns


Claire has been a Commissioner of Substance Misuse Services and a Community Safety Manager before becoming an independent consultant in 2004, working specifically in the field of Health & Justice. She holds an MSc (Distinction) in Substance Misuse Policy and Intervention and is also a qualified Prince2 practitioner. Claire has been working with the Revolving Doors Agency for over ten years on a number of projects including Liaison & Diversion and Lived Experience.

“As a former police officer I have a special interest in assisting Health & Justice teams to strengthen their Liaison & Diversion provision by undertaking needs assessments and/or service reviews in the secure estate which includes prisons, secure children’s homes and immigration removal centres. It’s always great to share this expertise with Revolving Doors, whose work is so important.”

Dawn Hart


Dawn has run her own public sector consultancy for the last twelve years. Before that she held a range of posts in the fields of public service and social justice, including direct delivery around substance misuse and criminal justice, management, policy development and innovation projects. At Revolving Doors we greatly value her skills in training, coaching, co-production/community engagement, organisational development, social research and policy analysis. As well as her consultancy work, Dawn holds a part-time post of community engagement manager at the Greater London Authority.

“I specialise in enabling individuals, organisations and partnerships to be the best that they can be ─ and participation is a theme which runs right through everything I do. Working with the Revolving Doors team is always a great pleasure, helping them make a difference to the lives of individuals who have so often been let down by the system.”

Laura Hemming

PhD student, University of Manchester

Laura is currently researching the ways that emotion regulation affects suicide and aggression in male prisoners. Prior to her PhD, Laura worked as a researcher at The McPin Foundation where she was involved in several research and evaluation projects with themes including Children and Young People's Mental Health, Public Health wellbeing initiatives and NHS mental health treatment evaluation. Laura’s role at Revolving Doors is to complete ad-hoc research tasks and so far she has led two evaluations of crisis management initiatives with qualitative focus groups, thematic analysis and written reports.

“Throughout my research career I have enjoyed learning about and practicing the notion of 'Experts by Experience'. I try wherever possible to place lived experience at the heart of all stages of my research.”

Laura Thorne

Development Manager, Researcher and Organisational Consultant

Laura is accomplished at forming and facilitating multi-agency partnerships within the context of complex multiple needs. She joined the Revolving Doors Agency in 1997 as one of the original Link Workers, and subsequently Development and Partnerships Manager where she led on the initiation of partnership Link Worker schemes in Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and at HMP Foston Hall, as well as jointly managing the team’s National Development Programme. She became an Associate in 2011 and has undertaken a wide range of projects since, including action research to evaluate the effectiveness of a London borough’s newly configured and commissioned offender services, and providing ‘theory of change’ consultancy to Revolving Doors.

“I’m delighted to have such a close working relationship with Revolving Doors. It has given me many interesting opportunities such as working with multi-agency partners in a tri-borough collaborative to explore creative ways of ‘flexing the system’ to provide a better response to those with complex multiple needs.”