The UKES Council
All UKES business is managed by the Council. This consists of five Officers (President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer) and at least nine ordinary members elected by the members of the Society at the Annual General Meeting. The AGM is held at the Annual Conference.
Election of Council Members and Officer bearers is by a simple majority vote in a secret postal ballot of the individual and institutional members of the Society. Candidates for the Council must be nominated by at least two members of the Society. Nominations must reach the Secretary not less than 21 days before the Annual General Meeting. The Council usually meets four times a year.
OfficersPresident: Elizabeth Robin
Vice President: Mark O'Brien
University of Liverpool Lifelong Learning Centre
Immediate Past President: Colin Jacobs
Secretary: Kelly Beaver
Treasurer: George Bramley
University of Birmingham
Council membersBev Bishop
Health and Safety Executive
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative
The British Council
The Institute for Employment Studies
The Tavistock Institute
Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
King's College London
Co-opted membersDerek Poate
UKES Past President
University of Southampton
UKES Past President
Elizabeth Robin retired as Head of Evaluation Capacity and Quality Group in the Department for International Development (DFID) in September 2013. The Group has a remit to set the standards for evaluation in DFID; provide support processes, guidance and training for staff to achieve those standards; and quality assure evaluation products. The Group also works to develop evaluation capacity in partner countries and Elizabeth was a member of the Board of the CLEAR Initiative, a multi-donor trust fund for developing regional centres of excellence in evaluation and results. She was involved in refreshing DFID’s Evaluation Policy to reflect the embedding evaluation agenda in the Department following the establishment of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact in May 2011.
Elizabeth was also Head of Profession (HoP) for Evaluation in DFID. As HoP, she managed the professional development of around 140 DFID staff who are accredited as evaluation specialists and also organised the annual accreditation process based on DFID’s evaluation technical competency framework.
Elizabeth was a senior statistics adviser and had been with DFID (and its predecessor) for over 20 years. She has experience of collating and reporting information on DFID’s activities for a variety of audiences in the UK and internationally. She actively promoted the need for robust evidence as a basis for decision-making and her role in DFID allowed her to develop the capacity of both DFID and partner staff to do more and better evaluation work in the field of international development.
Before returning to his native Liverpool, Mark worked for many years in Further Education in East London. Since commencing an academic career at the University of Liverpool in 2000, he has managed large scale evaluations in the City and its wider region. Notable example have been the evaluations of: the Liverpool Children’s Fund; the Liverpool (school) Learning Networks; the Baby Matterz© project; the University Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (medical curriculum); the University of Liverpool careers service; and many other smaller scale programmes. In 2012 he submitted a requested independent submission to the Liverpool Fairness Commission. Currently Mark is responsible for the evaluation of the University of Liverpool’s Access Agreement that covers all aspects of work towards widening participation and fair access. He has published widely from these evaluations. Mark also publishes in the areas of: visual techniques in social science research; critical theory; critical policy analysis; critical pedagogy; and social and labour history.
Immediate Past President
His previous career was at the British Council where he headed their governance and civil society function. Colin has published in professional journals, lectured at Manchester University and he is a Fellow of the CIPD. He has been a UKES Council member for 7 years and lead the international development strand; edited the Evaluator; and most recently, organised and led a highly successful workshop on development and evaluation with DFID. He would like to see UKES become a more influential and popular forum for members to access and enjoy cutting edge knowledge. We could be more widely recognised as the gateway to access courses in evaluation, guide commissioning and accreditation. We must aim to increase membership. We can do this by attracting evaluators from other sectors – health, economics, environment, police, etc and running workshops, seminars, master classes and webinars as well as the annual conference. Corporates and foundations are being invited to run themed events and joint publications should be encouraged. Our regional networks can be strengthened by offering speakers and linking them to professionals in other parts of the UK and abroad. As a Council Member Colin wants to involve as many as possible in developing and promoting UKES. He would like all Council members to engage in a concerted effort and enjoy our complementary skills and backgrounds. We can together raise the profile of UKES and make it a “go to” place for existing and new members.
She was previously Head of UK and International Development Evaluation at The Evaluation Partnership Ltd (subsequently Coffey International Development) and prior to this she specialised in evaluation at PricewaterhouseCoopers within the Research, Strategy and Policy group. Kelly has practised evaluation in UK, European and International markets for a wide range of clients including: UK government departments, agencies and charities, European Commission DGs, European Agencies, international aid donors, International Civil Society Organisations, and private sector organisations. Her primary areas of interest include: economic development, employment and skills, and education policies and programmes.
George Bramley is a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and a member of the Birmingham and Brunel Consortium External Assessment Centre. This centre undertakes health technology assessments for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Medical Technology Evaluation Programme. George as well as being an experienced evaluator has extensive experience of undertaking systematic reviews, conducting knowledge exchange forums and evidence based policies. This means he has strong interest in how evaluation findings are reported to allow evidence synthesis and contribute to evidence-based practice and policy.
Previous roles include being Head of Evaluation at the UK Small Business Service, Principal Research Officer at National Foundation of Educational Research and UK Delegate to OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship. He has contributed to the development of OECD guidelines on the evaluation of entrepreneurship and SME policies and enterprise education. Areas of expertise include the evaluation of health service changes, medical devices, innovation education and entrepreneurship policies.
George was involved in establishing the Yorkshire and Humber Evaluation Network and was elected onto Council as Treasurer in 2010. He was the chair of the National Conference Organising Committee for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Bev Bishop is Commissioning Editor of the Evaluator.
Stefano is Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning Manager at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Stefano has worked internationally with civil society organisations, funders, and think tanks in developing monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems that enable organisations to evidence their impact more robustly and confidently. He began at Search for Common Ground Nepal, a peacebuilding organisation, setting up a monitoring and evaluation system for the country programme. As a consultant he led evaluation of projects funded by the World Bank and the Foreign Commonwealth Office. During his time at Comic Relief he has managed impact studies, evaluations and literature reviews of the following Comic Relief funding programmes: Education, Women and Girls, People living in Urban Slums, People Affected by Conflict, and People Affected by HIV. In 2013 he co-wrote the new Comic Relief’s MEL strategy together with his colleague Joanna Monaghan, which focuses on the usage of information, and the importance of improving the MEL organisational capacity of civil society organisations. He joined the International Institute for Environment and Development in March 2015.
Stefano has been very active in seeking donor collaboration to improve MEL practices and capacities of NGOs. He is one of the founder of Cross Donors MEL Working Group, which is made of professionals working for Bond, Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief and DFID. The group has produced some strategic pieces of work such as the study ‘Investing in Monitoring Evaluation and Learning: Issues for NGOs to Consider’ (2013), and ‘Impact Evaluation: a Guide for Commissioners’ (2015).
Dr Emma Gibbard is Head of Evaluation at Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC). Emma has over 14 years' of experience of working in research, evaluation and service development in the field of health and social care. She has worked in the private, public and academic sectors and has a PhD from the University of Bristol. Emma’s current role is to lead on the strategic development and operational delivery of the Evaluation workstream for the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC). The focus of this work is to support commissioners from Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) to embed appropriate evaluation into commissioning processes. This involves working closely with local strategic partners including University of Bristol, University of the West of England, Bristol Health Partners, CLAHRC West and the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).
Kari Hadjivassiliou is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies.
Dione Hills joined the Tavistock Institute in 1986 after several years as a senior research officer at the Department of Health.
She was involved from the start of the Evaluation Review and Development Unit (EDRU) which Eliot Stern established at the Institute in 1992 to stimulate innovation and development in the field of evaluation and was, with other members of EDRU, a member of UKES from its earliest days. Her evaluation work spans the sectors of health, community development, social care and disability, and more recently, transport. In addition to individual evaluation reports, she has published a number of methodological papers, including a guide to evaluation of community based health interventions (NICE website), a paper on the practical methodological implications of assessing ‘public value’ (the Work Foundation website), and a recent guide to ‘Better attribution in transport impact evaluations’ for the Department of Health. Her current interest is in exploring the potential of theory based evaluation in various sectors, teaching self evaluation skills, and exploring web-based evaluation tools that can facilitate evaluation as a shared and participative activity.
Dr Ulrike Hotopp is the Chief Economist and Director for Analysis for DEFRA.
Robert (‘Bob’) Picciotto is Visiting Professor at Kings College, London. He has contributed to UKES through participation in international development work (with Colin Jacobs); work on evaluation competencies (with Helen Simons) and active involvement in the UKES London Network. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Princeton University) and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is a board member of the European Evaluation Society board and of three advisory panels: World Bank Independent Evaluation Group; Rockefeller Foundation; and Wilton Park - a UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office autonomous body. He has served on the United Kingdom Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact (2006-2010). At the World Bank he held senior management positions including Vice-President, Corporate Planning and Budgeting and Director-General of the Independent Evaluation Group (1992-2002). Since 2002, he has provided independent evaluation advice to the UK Department for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the International Fund for Agriculture Development, the United Nations Development Program, the Global Environment Facility, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Agency for Development.
(UKES Past President)
Derek Poate has a background in the evaluation of international development.
His emphasis has been on projects in the natural resources and rural sectors and evaluations of large institutions. Derek has recently retired as a Director at ITAD where he was a co-founder of the company in 1984. ITAD has grown to be a prominent UK consultancy company with a solid track record of challenging assignments and a reputation for good quality work. Derek’s most notable assignments have been leading the Independent External Evaluation of IFAD in 2005 and both external evaluations of UNAIDS, firstly in 2002 and then 2009. More recent assignments include work in the context of environment and climate change for IUCN, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Rockefeller Foundation. Derek has extensive experience of the evaluation policies and approaches of the UK’s Department for International Development, other European bilateral donors, UN agencies, and international financial institutions. His geographical experience spans all the major continents. For many years he was an active trainer on monitoring and evaluation courses held at the University of East Anglia and Wye College, London University. He was appointed an Honorary Research fellow at Wye College and later at the Huxley School of Environment, Earth Sciences and Engineering, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. His involvement with UKES is fairly recent but he has already contributed to a workshop on international development evaluation (with Colin Jacobs) and being retired has the time to participate more fully.
(UKES Past President)
Helen Simons is Professor of Evaluation and Education at the University of Southampton.
Helen Simons is Professor of Evaluation and Education at the University of Southampton, Honorary Professor at London Metropolitan University and an independent evaluation consultant, specialising in programme, policy and institutional self-evaluation. She is a past president of the UK Evaluation Society (UKES), an elected academician of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Helen has conducted numerous external programme and policy evaluations funded by government and non-government agencies, and directed evaluation training and capacity building in the UK and 25 countries overseas and for the European Evaluation Society (EES), the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the New Zealand Social Statistics Network (NZSSN). Consultant for UNICEF and UNESCO, she has also conducted evaluation training in South Asia and advised on the monitoring and evaluation of educational partnerships. She has written widely on the theory and practice of evaluation, case study, qualitative methodology and the ethics and politics of evaluation, and played a major role, nationally and internationally, in promoting research and evaluation ethics. She co-wrote the ethical guidelines for UKES and recently, on behalf of the society, produced a framework for evaluation capabilities.