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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen McArdle is Professor (Emerita) at the University of Aberdeen. She retired recently as a Professor of Education, specialising in adult learning, community development and youth work. She has extensive experience of working and evaluating programmes in both Australia and the U.K.; teaching evaluation to others; and has written text-books on research and demonstrating impact. She has assisted many students over the years to evaluate and show the impact of what they do and has an interest in quantitative and qualitative evaluation – statistics and stories.
Dr Kevin Guyan
Dr Kevin Guyan joined the ESS board in September 2018. Kevin is a Researcher at Advance HE, an organisation that supports universities and colleges to put institutional strategy into practice for the benefit of students, staff and society. His work focusses on equality, diversity and inclusion and has led several high-profile research projects in Scotland, England and Ireland on subjects including staff equality in colleges, university governance, promotion and recruitment, bullying and harassment, and the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual academics. He also delivers workshops on evaluating the impact of equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives in the higher and further education sectors. Before starting at Advance HE in 2016, Kevin completed a PhD in history at University College London on masculinities and domestic space in mid-twentieth century Britain.
Jacqueline has a long-held interest in and commitment to evaluation, developed over sixteen years in a funding context with the Big Lottery Fund (Director Scotland) and predecessor organisation the New Opportunities Fund and continued into her current professional role as Acting Regional Director UK Region and Director Scotland with the British Council where she is engaged in a strategic programme to establish an effective and proportionate framework for measuring and evaluating ‘value to the UK’ of international cultural relations.
She has been involved with several charities – Culture Republic, Stepping Stones for Families and most recently Home-Start Scotland - where she has always taken an interest in and tried to support the embedding of a learning culture.
Key areas of interest to her have included trying to reduce the burden of evaluation on funded organisations; introducing and supporting self-evaluation among funded organisations and helping the funding community engage with this agenda; embedding and continually reviewing an outcomes approach to funding, and increasingly, encouraging discussion and understanding of co-production in relation to social change.