UKES Council 2014
All UKES business is managed by the Council. This consists of five Officers (President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer) and at least ten 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 ballot of the individual and corporate members of the Society. Members may cast their vote either at the Annual General Meeting or by postal ballot. 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 meets four times a year in January, May, July, and October.
President: Colin Jacobs, The British Council
Vice President: Elizabeth Robin
Past President: Derek Poate
Secretary: Kelly Beaver, Ipsos MORI
Treasurer: George Bramley, NIHR CLAHRC for Birmingham and Black Country
Bev Bishop, Health and Safety Executive
Donna Buxton, British Heart Foundation
Stefano D'Errico, Comic Relief
Kari Hadjivassiliou, Institute for Employment Studies
Dione Hills, The Tavistock Institute
Ulrike Hotopp, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Mark O'Brien, University of Liverpool
Andy Parkinson, Consilium Research and Consultancy
Robert Picciotto, King's College London
Helen Simons, University of Southampton
Colin is head of the Governance and Society team at the British Council.
He regularly evaluates programmes in leadership, public policy and justice in UK and overseas. 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 6 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 double membership by 2015. 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 Vice President 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.
Elizabeth Robin was formerly Head of Profession for Evaluation in DFID.
Elizabeth Robin was formerly Head of Evaluation Capacity and Quality Group in the Department for International Development (DFID). The Group had 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 worked 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. Recently, she had been 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 is also Head of Profession (HoP) for Evaluation in DFID. As HoP, she manages the professional development of around 140 DFID staff who are accredited as evaluation specialists and also organises the annual accreditation process based on DFID’s evaluation technical competency framework.
Elizabeth is a senior statistics adviser and has 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 has actively promoted the need for robust evidence as a basis for decision-making and her current role allows her to develop the capacity of both DFID and partner staff to do more and better evaluation work in the field of international development.
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.
Kelly Beaver is a Director and Head of Evaluation in the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute.
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 is a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham on the CLARHC programme.
Prior to this he was an independent evaluation consultant.
George is both an experienced commissioner – including being Head of Evaluation at the Small Business Service - and practitioner as a research director at the NFER. George has undertaken evaluations in the areas of enterprise, innovation and education policy and is currently working in the health sector.
Bev Bishop is Commissioning Editor of the Evaluator.
Bev has worked in research and evaluation since 2002, firstly for the (then) Department of Education and Skills, then at the Centre for Social Research and Evaluation at the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development. She then moved into the private sector, working for GHK Consulting between 2005 and 2009, before joining the Health and Safety Executive, where she is Head of Unit, Behavioural and Social Science/Human Factors, Ergonomics and Psychology. She is interested in any developments in evaluation methodology that provide a sound evidence base for policy and has a strong research interest in labour market issues.
Donna heads up Evaluation at the British Heart Foundation and is responsible for the day to day management of a range of evaluations.
Donna also sets the direction of evaluation practice and impact measurement, ensuring that findings from evaluations feed into BHF’s overall Strategy and particularly demonstrate the outcomes and impact of the charity’s work. Donna is a socio-economic researcher and has been a commissioner of third and public sector evaluations and research for over 10 years. Charity Evaluation Working Group (ChEW) was established in 2011 by Donna and is an evaluation community of practice and peer support group for evaluation and research managers. ChEW also aims to be a force for change within the evaluation field – it is the only group of its kind in the third sector.
Stefano is International Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at Comic Relief
Stefano has worked internationally with both civil society organisations and funders 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.
Since he joined Comic Relief in 2010 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 has co-written the new Comic Relief’s MEL strategy together with his colleague Joanna Monaghan. The new strategy focuses on the usage of information, and the importance of improving the MEL organisational capacity of civil society organisations.
Stefano has been very active in seeking donor collaboration to improve MEL practices and capacities of NGOs. To this end he has taken the lead on some complex pieces of work, such as the study Investing in Monitoring Evaluation and Learning: Issues for NGOs to Consider’ which has been jointly commissioned by Bond, DFID, the Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, and NIDOS. This piece of research aims to investigate how to think strategically about implementing and funding Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning within traditionally tight resource constraints, and has been presented at the Conference of the African Evaluation Association.
Kari Hadjivassiliou is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies.
Kari joined Institute for Employment Studies in 2009 after working as an evaluator for over 12 years at the Tavistock Institute. This included a two-year secondment as a Project Officer/Evaluator at the European Commission. She is an expert in comparative research and evaluation in the fields of employment and labour markets; welfare policies; human and social capital development; and workforce skills development. Her interest and expertise lie in EU-wide policy, programme and process evaluation with a stakeholder and formative element in these fields. She is currently the City Women’s Network’s Chair of Marketing Committee and the International Alliance for Women’s Co-Director for Europe/Middle East. She has been sitting on the UKES’s Council since 2007 where she has served on various sub-committees, including the Membership Group. In spring 2011, on behalf of the UKES Council, she carried out an international benchmarking exercise whereby UKES was compared to other evaluation societies both in the EU and overseas. The aim was to identify good practice examples and any gaps in the current UKES membership offer, so that the latter can appropriately be enhanced and attract more members. She looks forward to taking this work forward in order to inform the revamped UKES membership offer.
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.
In this role she will be responsible for DEFRA’s evaluation of policy. Up to now Ulrike has been the Head of the team leading on appraisal and evaluation methodology in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). In this role she joined the evaluation society and participated actively in the UKES conferences by organising a panel discussion about the role of evaluation in policy making and giving a presentation on a key BIS evaluation. Previously Ulrike has been the Chief Economist at the Health and Safety Executive where she shared responsibility for evaluations with the Head of Social Research. One of her main pieces of work in this role was an assessment of the overall impact of the HSE’s activity on the UK economy. From HSE Ulrike moved to DECC where she led the analysis and impact assessment of the Renewable Energy Strategy. Ulrike holds a PhD in Economics from Sussex University, an MA in European Studies from the Central European University and an MA from Sussex. Her first degree is in Economics from the University of Bonn. Her main objective as a member of the UKES council will be to enhance the role of impact evaluation in decision making.
Andy Parkinson is a Director of Consilium Research and Consultancy.
Andy is an experienced research and evaluation practitioner with hands on experience of designing and managing a diverse range of formative and summative evaluation studies. His list of previous and current clients includes the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Home Office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Museums Libraries and Archives Council, Scottish Arts Council, National Literacy Trust, the Department for Communities and Local Government and a wide range of local councils and local partnerships.
Andy has experience of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and is also trained in the use of logic frameworks and social return on investment (SROI) techniques. He has a particular interest in approaches to locality working and neighbourhood management as well as the emerging Big Society agenda.
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 (led by Joy Beishon). 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 Evaluation.
Co-opted council member
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.