Oswin Baker, rockpool’s director, has worked in the field of social research and policy for the last 25 years. He began his career at the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence, where he edited Druglink, Britain’s leading drug policy magazine.  Since then, he has been an associate director at Ipsos MORI and headed up research functions at the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (now part of Public Health England) and at Dr Foster Intelligence

Since setting up rockpool eight years ago, Oswin has evaluated the UK’s global health strategy for the Department of Health, gathered and analysed data for the Health Foundation and the King’s Fund, developed data manipulation tools for charities and social enterprises, worked with cancer charities to understand the patient perspective, and evaluated services and programmes for London councils. He also acts as a research mentor for a leading healthcare provider

Read what Oswin has to say about the challenges facing public health in a Guardian Online article and when he appeared on a related Guardian local government panel