Leila Baker has been working with small charities and community organisations as a researcher, writer and volunteer throughout her career. In 2018 she co-authored The Value of Small: In-depth research into the distinctive contribution, value and experiences of small and medium-sized charities in England and Wales. With Niamh Goggin, she wrote and researched Small charities and social investment, which sought to shine a light on the as yet underserved part of what ought to be a more varied social investment market place. That report, published in 2016, built on earlier work commissioned by the Charity Commission in 2013. Both studies concentrated on the ‘user’ experience of social investment, a feature of all Leila’s work. Leila is chair of Citizens Advice Waltham Forest and a guest lecturer on public engagement in research at the UCL Institute of Education.