Jennifer Wallace joined our Board of Trustees in September 2012. She leads the policy team in Carnegie UK Trust. She joined the Trust in 2011 with more than ten years experience in research and policy development. Previous roles in both the public and voluntary sector included research and advocacy on education, local government and housing. Her work has led directly to positive change in legislation, policy and practice. Jennifer became ESS's convenor in September 2015.
Lindsay is an ICAS qualified accountant and is Audit Senior Manager at Grant Thornton LLP. He previously worked as an auditor with Deloitte LLP for 7 years latterly as Audit Manager. Within his Audit role, he has been leading teams on audit for over 5 years. He has a range of clients across a diverse range of industries including manufacturing, leisure, property and pensions. He previously led the public sector team within Deloitte with a range of local government, central government and NHS clients. Lindsay has always had an interest in the third sector, and in 2012 undertook voluntary work as an accountant with an NGO in Tanzania.
Diana joined our Board of Trustees in September 2012. She had a long term career in the Scottish Government, culminating in the position of Chief Social Researcher 2006-2010. She conducted evaluations and commissioned and managed evaluations conducted by others in a wide range of policy areas. After leaving the Civil Service in 2010 Diana retained a strong interest in social science and its role in, and contribution to, society. She was involved in pilot work for the Universities’ Research Excellence Framework representing research ‘user’ interests, and spent 4 years as an Economic and Social Research Council Committee member, initially on the Communications Committee and latterly on the Training and Skills Committee.
Linda joined the ESS board in September 2013. Linda is the CEO of Edinburgh Women’s Aid – an organisation which provides support and advocacy services to women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse. Linda is an experienced manager, trainer and facilitator and has worked in the voluntary sector since 1994 mainly in community and organisational development. She has been a grants assessor for the British Council’s European Voluntary Service programme and has an MSc in Community Learning and Development.
Stephen Platt recently retired as Professor of Health Policy Research at the University of Edinburgh. He has undertaken several evaluations of complex interventions for health improvement and conducted research on socio-economic, epidemiological and cultural aspects of suicide and self-harm, the effect of housing and living conditions on physical and psychological health, and smoking and socio-economic disadvantage. He has published widely on these topics and also on conceptual and methodological aspects of well-being (he is co-developer of the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS)). Stephen was previously Director of the Research Unit in Health, Behaviour & Change at the University of Edinburgh and Director of Development & Evaluation at the Health Education Board for Scotland. He currently serves as a member of the Scottish Government National Suicide and Monitoring and Implementation Group. He is a trustee of UK Samaritans and Befriending Networks (chair), and Vice-President of the International Association of Suicide Prevention.
Lynne Irons has a real passion for enabling others to make healthy choices that impact positively on themselves and on wider society. With over 15 years experience working in not-for-profit organisations Lynne is now Director of Managed Services with Live Borders working with a range of cultural, physical activity and community services across the Scottish Borders.
Lynne has gained considerable experience in evaluating outcome-based projects, reporting to funders and decision makers, and engaging others to do the same. Her approach to evaluation is based on: What's gone can't be changed but what's to come can benefit from what has gone before it. Lynne says "I evaluate what has been done, learn and adapt, and do my best to harness the future".
Stephanie is Investments and Communities Manager at a Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. She is also Treasurer on the Board of Children 1st and a 2014 Clore Social Fellow. Previously she trained as a chartered accountant with PWC in London before working as both an internal and external auditor as well as a business manager for one of the largest equity trading and sales teams in the UK financial services industry. She strongly believes in the value of being able to measure and report on impact and is very keen to help Evaluation Support Scotland continue to help organisations do this and thus bring about positive outcomes across the sector.
Janet has worked for BBC Children in Need since 2000 in a variety of roles, and is now one of two National Officers looking after a portfolio of grants across Scotland worth over £12 million. An important part of her role is supporting organisations to identify, measure and report on their outcomes, both to support Children in Need's ambitions to learn about the difference its funds are making, and to support the organisations themselves to learn and develop. Knowing the value that good evaluation has for third sector organisations, she is keen to support ESS in its aims and make a contribution to the wider third sector.
Andrew Fleming is currently Change Director at Revenue Scotland with responsibility for a number of activities including the implementation of new taxes and their ICT function. Previously he was head of the Historic Environment Policy Unit in the Scottish Government which stewarded Scotland's first sector wide strategy for the Historic Environment and the delivery of legislation which created Historic Environment Scotland. He has over 20 years senior management experience designing and delivering strategic improvements across a range of public policy areas, including justice, community safety, environment and heritage, in a policy, delivery and social research capacity. He has a strong interest in the role of evaluation in informing good decision making drawn from his experience as both a “producer” and “user” of evidence.
Dr Joanne McLean
Dr Joanne McLean is a Research Director at Scotcen. She is an experienced researcher with two decades of creating and using research-based knowledge to support practice and policy development in health and social care in the third and statutory sectors. Over this time she has developed and led a wide range of mental health focussed programme evaluations, systematic reviews and primary research. Joanne has particular subject knowledge in the fields of complex programme evaluation methods, research utilisation in national policy making, children and adolescent wellbeing, stigma and discrimination, participatory arts, suicide prevention and self-harm, peer support, asylum seeker and refugee wellbeing, recovery, long term conditions and primary care. Joanne is currently leading the Scottish Health Survey alongside various other projects. Joanne is particularly interested in empowering the third sector to use their and other's evaluation learning and research-based evidence to establish sustainability and an authoritative voice that can influence wider practice development, policy debate and social change.
Susan joined the ESS Board in September 2017. She is the Policy and Public Affairs Manager for Marie Curie in Scotland, where she works to shape, develop and influence palliative and end of life care policy, and services across Scotland. Originally from the North-East of England, Susan moved to Edinburgh in 2004. Since then she has worked in a number of public and third sector roles in Scotland and brings a wide range of health, social care and policy experience. She currently sits as part of the Scottish Parliament Lobbying Act Working Group, is a former member of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Policy Committee and holds postgraduate qualifications in Public Health and Rural Development. She has a strong interest in using ensuring research and service evaluation are used to help inform policy-making.
Diarmid is Head of Policy for the National Trust for Scotland, overseeing internal policy development, and the Trust’s public policy work with agencies and the Scottish Government. He has worked for a wide range of public bodies, conducting project and programme evaluations, developing strategies, and overseeing the delivery of funding programmes. Areas covered by this work include economic development, area regeneration, skills and training, and environmental protection. He has worked extensively on European Union-compliant evaluations and is keen to see Scotland continue to draw on this body of knowledge. His current work includes developing evidence of impact for culture and heritage. Diarmid is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.