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

Council members

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
Jennifer Leith
Mark O'Brien, University of Liverpool
Andy Parkinson, Consilium Research and Consultancy
Robert Picciotto, King's College London 

Co-opted members

Helen Simons, University of Southampton


  • Colin Jacobs

    Colin is head of the Governance and Society team at the British Council.

  • Elizabeth Robin

    Vice President
    Elizabeth Robin was formerly Head of Profession for Evaluation in DFID.

  • Derek Poate

    Past President
    Derek Poate has a background in the evaluation of international development.

  • Kelly Beaver

    Kelly Beaver is a Director and Head of Evaluation in the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute.

  • George Bramley

    George is a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham on the CLARHC programme.

  • Bev Bishop

    Council member
    Bev Bishop is Commissioning Editor of the Evaluator.

  • Donna Buxton

    Council member
    Donna heads up Evaluation at the British Heart Foundation and is responsible for the day to day management of a range of evaluations.

  • Stefano D'Errico

    Council member
    Stefano is International Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at Comic Relief

  • Kari Hadjivassiliou

    Council member
    Kari Hadjivassiliou is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies.

  • Dione Hills

    Council member
    Dione Hills joined the Tavistock Institute in 1986 after several years as a senior research officer at the Department of Health.

  • Ulrike Hotopp

    Council member
    Dr Ulrike Hotopp is the Chief Economist and Director for Analysis for DEFRA.

  • Jennifer Leith

    Council member
    Independent Consultant

  • Andy Parkinson

    Council member
    Andy Parkinson is a Director of Consilium Research and Consultancy.

  • Robert Picciotto

    Council member
    Robert (‘Bob’) Picciotto is Visiting Professor at Kings College, London.

  • Helen Simons

    Co-opted council member
    Helen Simons is Professor of Evaluation and Education at the University of Southampton