Dr Maria Kordowicz FRSA


Maria founded ResPeo, driven by the need to promote the importance of qualitative inquiry in helping to shape services and improve people dynamics. Maria is motivated by the desire to better working lives.

Maria is a Chartered Psychologist through research and teaching, an Organisational Development Coach, a Trainee Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapist and a Health Services Researcher, specialising in organisational ethnography.

Maria has led large scale evaluations of health and social care services for over 15 years and was previously and head of projects and programmes in health and in criminal justice settings.

Outside of leading ResPeo, Maria is Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour and Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Education and Learning at the University of Nottingham.

Maria has a PhD in Health Services Research from King's College London and is a visiting academic at a number of institutions. She delivers invited talks about people dynamics in organisations nationally and internationally and regularly provides national media commentary on themes of workforce wellbeing and organisation.

Read more about Maria, her work and qualifications here: www.mariakordowicz.com.

Prof Dieu Hack-Polay

Organisational Development Consultant

Dr Dieu Hack-Polay is a specialist in Organisational Studies. He has worked in several countries and has a wealth of practitioner, academic and experience that he brings to enrich the learning experience of ResPeo's clients. He worked for several years in various sectors of activity including the voluntary sector and local government as a human resources and training practitioner. Dieu provides executive education and training in several organisational development areas including performance management, succession planning and learning and development. 

Dieu also has several years of experience as an academic. He holds a PhD in Sociology and a Doctorate in Education (EdD) Leadership, as well as a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. He also holds Qualified Teacher Status Learning & Skills (QTLS) in England. His academic research focuses on migrant workers as expatriates. He has published several books and journal articles in leading international journals. Prof. Hack-Polay teaches human resource management, organisational change and managerial ethics.

Dr Nimarta Dharni

Research and Evaluation Consultant

Nimarta is a Chartered Psychologist experienced in applying behavioural science theories to explore determinants of behaviour, design interventions and evaluate change. She is skilled in the design, implementation and evaluation of multiple complex health interventions for professionals and families using qualitative and quantitative methods. She has collaborated with national and international teams across multiple research and evaluation projects, including leading several research streams as Research Fellow for the Born in Bradford family research programme to improve population health and social mobility. She has longstanding experience in reviewing and summarising evidence for technical and lay audiences and is experienced in engaging and working with a range of stakeholders including intervention delivery teams, commissioners, health professionals, voluntary sector organisations and community user representatives. 

Alison McKinley

Evaluation and Facilitation Consultant

Alison offers strategic and technical advice on innovation and evaluation strategy and implementation in the third sector, from project-level change theory to evaluation frameworks with experimental, participatory and causal approaches, to design and implementation of challenge funds.

She adds value to ResPeo's clients through strong technical expertise and engaging facilitation skills, bringing a creative and flexible approach to broker strong relationships which maximise the potential of complex initiatives and partnerships.

Alison's goal is to ensure more responsive, evidence-based approaches to drive equitable and inclusive positive social impact.

Dr Eloise Radcliffe

Research and Evaluation Consultant

Dr Eloise Radcliffe has 18 years of experience working in health services research and evaluation in both academic settings and voluntary sector organisations. She is a qualitative researcher with a background in social science. Eloise has an MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Medical Sociology from King’s College London, examining the experiences of older stroke patients and their spouses using individual and joint qualitative interviews taking a biographical narrative approach. She has been a researcher at King’s College London for over ten years on various studies and evaluations, including studies funded by the National Institute for Health Research and Dimbleby Cancer Care. She has been a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton since 2018 on studies funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Institute for Health Research. 

Eloise has expertise in conducting research and evaluation using qualitative ethnographic methods with a focus on healthcare organisations and workforce, as well as patient and carer experiences.  She has much experience in working with vulnerable groups including palliative care patients, bereaved carers, people with dementia, homeless people with substance misuse issues, older people living with frailty and people with chronic conditions including cancer and stroke. Eloise has extensive experience of Public and Patient Involvement, including patients with cancer and stroke, consulting with public and patient involvement stakeholders at each stage of the research and evaluation process.