Pat Gay is a founder member of the Institute for Volunteering Research who has been active in work on volunteering and unemployment, volunteer management, the role of volunteers in health promotion and most recently on public and patient participation in the NHS. As a freelance researcher she has undertaken substantial projects for London health authorities on stroke rehabilitation, patient satisfaction, GPs, carers and the interface between health and social services. Pat started her research career as assistant to Professor Woledge working on a study of Old French prose romances, followed by a spell as assistant to the editor of Jung’s Psychology and Alchemy and the Psychology of the Transference. She joined the Government Social Survey conducting research on topics including the National Crime Survey, housing and local government reorganisation. Her abiding interest in health and volunteering began at the King’s Fund and the Oxford Regional Health Authority with a series of projects on volunteer management and the role of volunteers in befriending ex-psychiatric patients. Subsequently, Pat was appointed Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute. Pat has served on various voluntary bodies including ADFAM National; as non-executive director of her local PCT and several other organisations concerned with health and health inequalities.