Advisory Board

The HEAD project has benefit during the years from the mentoring of an experienced Advisory Board, composed by distinguished professors in Educational and Healthcare research areas.


Prof. Geraint Johnes – Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

Geraint Johnes is Professor of Economics at Lancaster University. He was formerly Director of the Work Foundation. His research specialism is in the area of labour economics, and he has a particular interest in the economics of education. He has published numerous articles in this area in journals such as the Economic Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, and the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and his research has been funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the European Union, and international organisations including the OECD and World Bank. Prof Johnes is a regular media commentator on economic affairs, recent TV appearances including BBC Breakfast, BBC News, Sky News, France 24 etc.


Prof. Roberto Ricci – INVALSI Istituto Nazionale per la VALutazione del Sistema educativo di Istruzione e di formazione

Roberto Ricci is the Research Director of INVALSI (Istituto Nazionale per la Valutazione del Sistema Educativo di Istruzione e di Formazione), the Italian evaluation committee for education. He is salso in charge of the national standardised assessment (Sistema Nazionale di Valutazione – SNV) at INVALSI, as scientific and technical director. He gained a PhD in Statistical Methods for Scientific Research and, since then, he has worked as researcher, professor and scientific advisor in Institutions all across Italy.


Prof. Linda Sharples – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London (UK)

Linda Sharples is Professor of Medical Statistics at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Honorary
Professor of Statistics at Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research, and Visiting Researcher at MRC
Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge. First class degree in Maths, PhD in Bayesian Statistics for
hierarchical models, 30 years experience working in medical statistics, with 15 years as a MRC programme
leader, developing statistical methodology for health technology assessment and applications to cardiac and
thoracic diseases.