Liz Hey

BSc, MSc

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Research Officer

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Liz Hey joined IES as a research officer in 2018, whilst completing a Master’s degree in Occupational Psychology at Birkbeck University, London. Her research project analyses the interplay of authentic leadership and followership, leader identification and positive organisational behaviour. Survey data was collected and analysed from employees in a large organisation.

Liz’s main interests are in the areas of leadership, wellbeing, engagement, organisational learning and development, career planning for young people and also in public policy matters. Prior to joining IES, Liz worked for the awarding body, AQA, in various roles involving assessment design, training and curriculum support. Central to these roles was monitoring regulatory policy, research and data analysis, quality control and evaluation. Liz also led on an organisational change program for her team during the organisation’s recent transformation.

Liz’s qualitative research skills include structured and semi-structured interviewing; the design of research questionnaires; literature reviews and report-writing. Quantitative research techniques include the statistical analysis and interpretation of questionnaire data using SPSS. 

Liz is also a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Occupational Test User (Levels A/B) and is a member of the BPS and the Association for Business Psychology (ABP).


2018 Birkbeck University MSC Occupational Psychology
1997 University of Surrey MSc Applied Psychology/Sociology


2006-2016 Senior Teacher Support Manager, AQA Guildford
2002-2006 English Subject Manager, AQA Manchester




Research publications

Articles and chapters

Advisory roles and affiliations

  • Member of the British Psychological Society (2018 - present)
  • Member of the Association for Business Psychology (2018 - present)