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Durham University

Research and Innovation Services

Meet the Team

Neil Heckels

Senior Policy Engagement Manager

Neil is responsible for developing partnerships and broader collaboration opportunities to help maximise the impact of the University’s research on public policy. He supports academics to identify and develop useful relationships with policy makers and civil society organisations. Neil has a background in developing and managing voluntary and community sector funding programmes, partnership development and working with organisations to evaluate their impact.


Telephone: 0191 3344641

Lisa Hodgson

Impact and Engagement Officer

Lisa is the Impact and Engagement Officer within Research and Innovation Services. Lisa provides ongoing support for the development of public policy partnerships and networks and for the coordination of policy engagement activities across the University.

Lisa has over ten years’ experience of working within higher education and has substantial experience of facilitating relationships between the university and our partners.


Telephone: 0191 33 49204