Steven Marwick is the founding Director of Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) and has been with them for 10 years. He has overall responsibility for the strategic and operational management of the organisation. He reports to the Board of Trustees and manages the staff team. He is also ESS’s company secretary. As well as leading the team to support the third sector to demonstrate the difference it makes, Steven has facilitated the Scotland Funders’ Forum to produce ‘Harmonising Reporting’ good practice (2010) on reporting on funding. He works with Scottish Government to support public service reform and to understand ‘prevention’ and asset-based approaches. He chairs partnerships such as the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum.
Steven’s previous jobs include policy and research posts for the Community Fund lottery fund and for the Government. He is a Trustee of the Association of Chief Officers of Voluntary Organisations. He chairs the What Works Scotland (WWS) Funders group and contributes to other WWS networks. He is a former member of the Economic and Social Research Council's evaluation committee. Steven relaxes by swimming, running and going to concerts and operas (not all at the same time!).
Diane joined the team in October 2007 as Evaluation Support Manager and in May 2014 became the Depute Director. She has worked in the third sector for nearly 30 years, initially working in advice and housing and moving to organisational development and support. She has worked for Rights Office Fife, Citizens Advice Scotland, Edinburgh Cyrenians and Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. Diane has lots of volunteer experience, including a 3.5 year stint in Ghana through Voluntary Services Overseas, sitting on the board for Port of Leith Housing Association and parent involvement committees (after school and parent council). At ESS, she has worked on many thematic programmes, as well as providing one to one support to organisations. Outside of work she dances, reads, plays bridge and exercises.
Patty joined ESS in September 2011. As ESS’s Evidence into Action Manager, Patty has responsibility for supporting third sector organisations and their funders on the use of evidence to influence policy and practice, and other knowledge exchange/translation activities. Before working in the third sector, Patty worked in Scottish Government for over two years supporting officials in the development of primary and secondary legislation around care services; sponsoring regulatory bodies Care Commission (now Care Inspectorate) and Mental Welfare Commission, and implementation of the National Care Standards. Patty has a PhD in Chemistry, which led her to work at The University of Edinburgh between 2006 and 2009 on two European Commission funded projects around Chemical Engineering and Climate Change.
“I’ve found a place [ESS] where I can use my research and policy skills to help others maximise the use of their evidence.”
When not working Patty can be easily found at the gym, at the cinema or drinking the best milk shakes in Edinburgh!
Martha has worked in the third sector for over 30 years and has many years of experience working with people with disabilities. This includes her time at the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Research Unit at the University of Stirling where she was involved in the development of the communication aid Talking Mats™. In 2002 Martha co-founded Pass IT On – an Edinburgh charity which adapts donated computers and gives them to people with disabilities – and is still involved on a voluntary basis. She has also learned about being in the role of funder by sitting on the grants allocation panel for Shared Care Scotland’s Better Breaks fund. For five years Martha was the Quality Officer with Befriending Networks, where she developed the Befriending Code of Practice and Quality in Befriending standard. Martha moved to ESS in 2013 and what she enjoys most is meeting people from organisations, large and small, in a range of different fields.
"I love the moment when I can see that evaluation has changed from being something dull that organisations have to do, to something which makes sense to them, is useful and even fun!"
She has a special interest in helping projects explore how best to involve the people they work with in evaluation, for example by developing appropriate and accessible information collection methods or by inviting service users to become involved in the process of evaluation itself.
Emma joined ESS in April 2013 taking a lead on developing the funder learning programme. Originally a graphic designer, Emma has nearly 20 years’ experience working in the third sector through a circuitous route of teaching art to adults with disabilities in Essex, marketing and communicating for Smile Childcare in Wester Hailes, project managing the Youth Work Futures Project in the Borders, and developing the service at Women Onto Work in Edinburgh. Emma is a Trustee for Project Scotland and supervises two Youth and Community degree students for a London college. With a year’s travel and some freelance work in the mix, Emma enjoys the diversity of life at ESS.
“I love to get out and about and have the privilege of meeting so many dedicated people doing amazing things. We get to work with the very human end of people helping people and can often bring practitioners together with funders and policy-makers to work and learn together."
Shona joined ESS in February 2017 as the Training Officer. She studied Psychology and Sociology at University, and has worked in the third sector for many years across a variety of roles. Her experience in the sector ranges from being a volunteer, a staff member and a manager, and she has always enjoyed delivering training. Shona is hopeful that she can use her wide-ranging experience in the third sector to help others learn about evaluation from both a funder- and funded-organisation perspective.
“Being the Training Officer at ESS allows me to combine my passion for supporting good causes with my enthusiasm for delivering training and facilitating learning”.
When not at work, Shona enjoys learning Italian, cooking, spending time with family and friends, listening to rock music and going on holiday.
Jane joined ESS in October 2013. As ESS’s Research and Communications Officer she has responsibility for all external communications including website, publications and social media. For the last 20 years Jane has worked in the third sector for Cancerlink in Scotland, Stepfamily Scotland, MS Society Scotland, Voice Of Carers Across Lothian (VOCAL) in information, support and training roles. Jane has an MSc in Research Methods and has completed research for ESS into embedding evaluation and funders’ views on economic evaluation, and she conducts the ESS biennial stakeholder survey.
"My pet hate is 'typos' so if you find any on the ESS website please let me know!"
When not working Jane likes to dance.
Lydia joined the team in 2014 and is responsible for the preparation of monthly management accounts; administration of larger events; management of our Workshops and Office Administrator; and generally ensuring ESS’ day to day runs smoothly.
Lydia has experience working in similar roles in the third sector in Scotland and previous to this, as an accountant within a commercial finance firm in Australia. Due to a distressing lack of advanced draconology courses Lydia eventually settled on studying commerce at university.
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Wing Yen also known as Winnie joined ESS in July 2016 as the Workshop and Events Administrator and is responsible for processing workshop and event bookings, and assisting the Finance and Administration Manager. Winnie also works part time for Friends of the Earth Scotland. She has in the past volunteered with RNIB Scotland and studied at Edinburgh’s Telford College and Heriot Watt University. When not working she enjoys trying out different hobbies from knitting to baking.