Victoria is Deputy Director, Evidence at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, where she is responsible for ensuring that our evidence base and evaluations meet our evidence standards and are accessible to a wide range of users.
Victoria Sutherland joined the Centre from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), where she was Senior Economist. Victoria led the North East LEP’s work to analyse the economic performance of the North East and to ensure that the region’s strategic documents, key decisions and work programmes were based on a strong evidence base.
Victoria previously worked for the University of Glasgow’s Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) where she undertook research, evaluation and strategy development for economic and skills development bodies at the national, regional and local level including the European Commission, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, regional development agencies and local authorities. While at the University of Glasgow, she was also involved in developing and delivering degree-level and continuing professional development programmes to improve the skills and knowledge of economic development practitioners.
Earlier in her career, Victoria was a Research Officer at the Combat Poverty Agency, a statutory body in the Republic of Ireland that worked to prevent and eliminate poverty and social exclusion through research, project innovation and policy advice.