Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Sally Neville

Senior Associate

Sally is a Senior Associate at SDDirect and over the last 14 years she has worked both internationally and in the UK to promote gender equality and to tackle social exclusion through work with a variety of government departments, donor agencies, NGOs and academic institutions.

Since joining us in 2004, Sally has undertaken a number of secondments to DFID as a Social Development Adviser and as DFID's policy lead on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). She has also worked as a Fellow at the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) and as a Senior Gender and Social Inclusion Adviser on DFID’s £350 million Girls’ Education Challenge Fund.  As well as policy and advisory roles, much of Sally’s work has involved designing and undertaking research and evaluations through which she has developed expertise in qualitative methods. She is particularly passionate about research ethics and the use of data collection techniques and analytical methods which are empowering for both research participants and local researchers.

Over the last five years much of Sally’s work has focused on the prevention of VAWG and the measurement of progress towards that end. Sally’s career began in India in 2001 when she lived in Bangalore and she has recently returned to India, this time to Madhya Pradesh, as the team leader on a DFID-funded mixed-method evaluation of interventions to prevent intimate partner violence and violence and harassment against women in public spaces, working in partnership with Columbia University in New York.  

Sally is an experienced team leader with a proven track record in successfully managing complex programmes of work, including effective team and partnership management. This includes leading the design and delivery of a multi-year study on disability and adult social care in the UK and mixed-method research on attitudes and behaviours towards adolescents who are HIV positive. In addition to her work in India and in the UK, Sally has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. Since 2008 she has been an active member of the Board at ADD International, an organisation she chose because she was impressed by the exceptional work they do to promote independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people living in poverty.