See below for more information about ESS Staff and Board members.
Directorsteven@evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk About Steven
Steven Marwick is the founding Director of Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS). 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. 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 the use of third sector evidence for public service reform. 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 Eczema Outreach Support. In the past he’s chaired Volunteer Centre Edinburgh, been on the board of Association of Chief Officers of Voluntary Organisations, chaired the What Works Scotland (WWS) Funders group and been a 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!).
Deputy Directormartha@evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk About Martha
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.
Evaluation Support Managernicola@evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk About Nicola
Nicola joined ESS in Oct 2017 as Evaluation Support Manager. She provides third sector organisations with tailored evaluation support and runs a range of learning programmes at ESS.
Recently she has set up the Crisis to Recovery programme to help organisations to evaluate and learn from their response to Covid-19. Nicola has also been supporting youth work organisations to involve young people to take a lead on evaluation.
Previous roles involved promoting workplace equality in both the third sector and public sector.
Finance and Business ManagerAbout Lucy
Lucy joined Evaluation Support Scotland in March 2019 as Finance and Business Manager. She studied Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, and has worked in the third sector for 5 years since graduating. During this time she has worked in admin and finance roles, providing support to a variety of organisations including Self-Directed Support Scotland, the International Voluntary Service and The Welcoming Association. Lucy is currently studying part-time for her MSc in Social Development and Health. Outside of work, and when not studying, she enjoys running, cooking and spending time with family and friends
Finance and Business Manager (Maternity Cover)email@example.com About Lorena
Originally from Argentina, Lorena moved to Scotland in 2004. She started working in the third sector more than four years ago, bringing her experience from the private sector. She holds a degree in Business Management and has worked in finance for over 15 years. Outside of work, Lorena enjoys travelling and discovering different cultures, and loves spending time with her family.
Senior Training Officershona@evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk About Shona
Shona joined ESS in February 2017. She studied Psychology and Sociology at University, and has worked in the third sector for many years in areas such as youth work, criminal justice, and HIV & hepatitis C. Her experience in the sector ranges from being a volunteer, a staff member and a manager, and she draws on her wide-ranging experience to help organisations find the most suitable evaluation processes for them and the people who use their services.
“My job at ESS allows me to combine my enthusiasm for supporting good causes with my enjoyment of delivering training and facilitating learning”.
When not at work, Shona enjoys cooking, spending time with family and friends, listening to music and going on holiday.
Training OfficerAbout Life
Life joined ESS in July 2021. She has been living in Scotland since 2007 and graduated with a 1st class BA Hons degree in Sociology and Culture from Queen Margaret University.
Most recently, Life managed a Befriending Programme within the New Scots community in Edinburgh. For over 5 years Life was the manager of a busy team at an Edinburgh-based charity providing wide-ranging support for adults with learning disabilities and autism.
“What I enjoy the most about my role with ESS is being able to use my first-hand experience to support organisations develop a robust evaluation strategy that allows them to provide a true reflection of their social impact and help them gain confidence with evaluation tools”
In her free time Life loves to roller skate, play videogames and spending time with her cat.
Research and Communications Managerjane@evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk About Jane
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.
Communications AssistantAbout Katrina
Kat joined the team as Communications Assistant in October 2019. Her professional experience includes producing media analysis reports, teaching media and cultural studies in higher education institutions, as well as having practical experience in broadcast media production. She is a Certified UX Professional and has a PhD in Film and Media. Outside of work Kat likes running, yoga, and keeping up with the latest in tv and film.
Wing Yen Yip
Workshops and Office AdministratorAbout Wing Yen
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.
Andrew Fleming works in the Scottish Government Health Department leading the sponsorship of the 14 territorial health boards. Prior to that he has a number of post across the Scottish Administration including head of strategy and corporate functions at Revenue Scotland and head of the historic environment policy unit in the Scottish Government. 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 Kevin Guyan
Deputy ConvenorAbout Kevin
Dr Kevin Guyan joined the ESS board in September 2018. Kevin is a Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow and previously worked for a higher education organisation that focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion among staff and students in universities and colleges. He also delivers workshops on evaluating the impact of equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives in the higher and further education sectors. Kevin completed a PhD in history at University College London in 2016 and has presented his research across Europe and the USA. He is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland and sits on Young Scot’s Data Advisory Group.
Deputy ConvenorAbout Karen
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.
Ricki is Head of Internal Audit and Business Improvement at Historic Environment Scotland (HES). His role spans delivery of a variety of services at HES including Internal Audit, Legal, and Programme Management. At the heart of his role is a focus on continuous service improvement and promoting good governance, risk management and control. Prior to HES, Ricki was at PwC where he worked with a variety of clients in the public and private sectors providing Risk Assurance services. Working for a public and charitable body, Ricki has a strong belief in the value that organisations in the third sector can deliver. He therefore is passionate about the work ESS does to help organisations in evidencing that value through effective evaluation. A Chartered Accountant with ICAS, Ricki also serves as the Treasurer for ESS.
Maxine DinnesAbout Maxine
Maxine has over 20 years experience of working in health and social care and has worked in the voluntary sector for 16 years in a variety of development roles. She is currently working with Leonard Cheshire as Community Engagement Manager (Scotland). Maxine is also a Doctorate of Education Candidate with the University of Glasgow with strong interest in involving people and learning from lived experience.
Diarmid HearnsAbout Diarmid
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.
Alex JohnstonAbout Alex
Alex has been working in the funding sector for almost 20 years and is currently the National Grant & Learning Manager at Spirit of 2012. Part of his role is to support the third sector to learn, to improve practice through evaluation, and achieve effective impact. He has actively been supporting the third sector to increase their confidence and capability around evaluation and learning. He is Vice-Chair of Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (PEEK) in Glasgow and has a keen interest in supporting young people to broaden their horizons and flourish.
Jacqueline KilleenAbout Jacqueline
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.
Lauren SalmonAbout Lauren
Lauren is Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at environmental charity Changeworks. Lauren designs and manages evaluation for projects delivered by Changeworks and external clients. With a background in social research, she also manages a range of research projects, specialising in consumer protection, fuel poverty, energy retrofit and decarbonisation. Lauren has a range of experience in third sector roles, including having worked for a social enterprise, two environmental charities and a housing association. Lauren is an advocate for effective evaluation and its important role in creating a space to reflect on projects, with the objective of improving outcomes for those they support; as well as utilising these findings to secure future funding.
Jane SteeleAbout Jane
Jane is experienced in helping organisations to improve evaluation practice and the use of evidence for reflection, learning and service improvement. Over a period of nine years she was Director, Evidence and Learning at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent grant-makers. During this time, Jane led the Foundation’s approach to evaluating its own effectiveness and to supporting organisations funded by the Foundation to learn from the evaluation of their own work. Jane’s career has included wide-ranging experience of carrying out, commissioning and using evaluation and research for third sector organisations, to inform policy and practice.
Katherine WilkinsonAbout Katherine
Katherine joined the ESS board in September 2020. Katherine is the Head of Research & Evaluation at Scottish Book Trust, a national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives. In her role, Katherine supports the staff at SBT to embed and carry out evaluation on the 25+ programmes the charity runs across all ages and stages; she is also working on an organisation-wide outcome mapping project. Katherine is particularly interested in the impact of arts and culture, both on individuals and on society as a whole, and the evaluation of social and cultural work carried out in complex environments.