Dr Ashley is an academic from Royal Holloway, University of London specialising in research on diversity and inclusion within the elite professions and other highly competitive occupations. She has particular expertise on the effect of social class in relation to access and subsequent career progression. She has published her research in leading academic journals, led research studies for the government’s Social Mobility Commission and is a Research Fellow at the Bridge Group, the leading charity providing research and thought leadership in this area. She sits on the advisory committees for the Social Mobility Index and the social mobility charity UpReach. She regularly conducts evaluations of social mobility programmes and her research has received wide coverage in mainstream and specialist media.