Who we are Our team Research and Policy Heather Buckingham, Director of Research and Policy Heather joined CUF in October 2016, having previously been a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and, prior to that, at the University of Southampton. She is passionate about social justice and the church’s potential to contribute to positive change in the local, national and global communities of which it is a part. She has experience of academic research on faith and social engagement, the third sector, and social policy, as well as of conducting evaluations for charities and faith groups. Her PhD explored organisational change and ethos amongst charities working with homeless people. She enjoys good films, music, and pretty much any excuse to be outdoors, especially walking and cycling.