UKES Council 2013

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 five times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November.


President:  Colin Jacobs, The British Council
Vice President: Elizabeth Robin, Department for International Development
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
Erica Bowen, Coventry University 
Clare Elliott, Department for Work and Pensions
Kari Hadjivassiliou, Institute for Employment Studies 
Dione Hills, The Tavistock Institute
Ulrike Hotopp, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Andy Parkinson, Consilium Research and Consultancy
Robert Picciotto, King's College London 
Stephen Russell, Midland Heart
Geoff White, Geoff White Inc 

Co-opted members


  • Colin Jacobs

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

  • Elizabeth Robin

    Vice President
    Elizabeth Robin is 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.

  • Erica Bowen

    Council member
    Dr Erica Bowen is a Senior Lecturer at Coventry University.

  • Clare Elliott

    Council member
    Clare is currently a senior manager in the Department for Work and Pensions.

  • Alison Girdwood

    Council member
    Alison Girdwood is back up to Elizabeth Robin for attendance at Council meetings if she is unavailable.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stephen Russell

    Council Member
    Stephen is Research Manager at the large Housing Association Midland Heart

  • Geoff White

    Council member
    Geoff White is a freelance consultant.