Marion Lacey

Marion Lacey

Title: Senior Consultant
Tel: 0141 530 1479


Marion is one of the most experienced third sector researchers around. 

She has developed a particular track record in workforce issues, the health and social care sector, and holds a long-standing commitment to promoting social enterprise.

As evaluator, researcher, trainer, or critical friend, she has explored with clients complex issues around mission drift, the redesign of services, the sustainability of funding, organisational development, and mainstreaming of equalities. Her clients range from grassroots community enterprises to national public sector providers such as the NHS and the Government.

Marion combines research rigour with bags of frontline experience. A former Research Manager at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), her experience extends to 21 years in third sector and local government research and prior to that over 18 years in community enterprise development. She is committed to providing opportunities for shared learning and skills development within multi-agency and multi-professional settings. She developed her creative use of participatory tools, first through literacy work in West Africa and then in Scotland as part of development of training programmes for local activists.


  • Outcomes planning and evaluation
  • workforce benchmarking and reviews
  • literature reviews using rapid evidence assessment
  • participatory action research
  • facilitation of social enterprise and third sector strategic planning

Professional Networks

Social Research Association

Scottish Evaluation Network

SROI Network

Management Development Network


  • MPhil (Social Science Research)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (Community Development)
  • MA Hons. (Sociology)

Passionate about

  • Equalities issues
  • Learning from what works
  • Engaging unheard voices
  • Creative facilitation processes
  • Grassroots enterprise
  • Reshaping public services

Bored by

  • Evaluation that is done ‘to’ organisations rather than ‘with’ them.