Big Local evaluation advisory group
Meet the team
Our evaluation advisory group guides the development and implementation of the evaluation of Big Local.
The group provide advice on research into Big Local, act as a sounding board for our ideas and help us test our evaluation approach. We are committed to high quality research and evaluation of Big Local and the advisory group help us to achieve this. The group meets every 6 months and you can read more about each member below.
David is a member of the advisory group and on the board of Local Trust trustees. An experienced and creative strategic leader with a wide range of management and influencing skills, including 18 years experience as chief executive and five years as a senior consultant in civil society. David has over 30 years experience of working in civil society, starting as a front-line support worker working with the homeless through to running a multi-million pound national charity. Over this time he has built effective creative leadership, management and influencing skills and strong networks based on personal integrity. David is a Trustee of Coast & Vale Community Action (CAVCA - the local infrastructure organisation in North East Yorkshire), Trustee & Chair of the Finance Committee at Toynbee Hall in East London, Trustee of Invisible Dust and Chair of Engines Orchestra.
Diane is a partner at Shared Practice which works on participatory democracy, sustainable development and creative activities. Diane is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Brighton and a founding Trustee of Involve. In recent years, Diane has worked mainly on evaluation projects; she has evaluated 20 major national participatory projects and programmes personally, and (as Sciencewise evaluation manager for seven years) overseen a further 41 evaluations of national policy-related public dialogue projects. She has also written widely for public, academic and professional audiences on community, public and stakeholder participation.
Emma is the Director of Design and Research at Good Things Foundation- a social change charity supporting socially excluded people through digital technology. Emma was previously a member of the Senior Leadership Team for Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT), leading their Policy and Research department. The department developed and usesdevidence from research and experience to inform, influence and inspire social change in the UK- with a focus on solving poverty.
Jennie is Professor of Sociology and Public Health at the Division of health Research in the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University. Jennie began her research career at the Unit for the Study of Health Policy at Guy's Hospital in London and has worked as a sociologist in the public health field ever since. Her research interests include social and gender inequalities in health, the sociology of knowledge, public/community engagement in health decision making and the evaluation of complex social interventions. She was inaugural chair of the People’s Health Trust and has served on various public bodies including the Commission for Health Improvement and the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health.
Karl is director of public policy and volunteering at the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and leads their policy, research, media and public affairs, and international relations teams. He has lead responsibility for two of NCVO's strategic aims: championing the voluntary sector, and connecting people and organisations, and speaks and writes widely on the big issues facing the voluntary sector.
Marilyn is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, University of London. Marilyn has been involved in research on community policy, programmes and practice for many years and more recently on place based funding by independent foundations. She has published widely for policy, practice and academic audiences. She is Chair of the Research Advisory Group for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and a member of the Community Development Journal Editorial Board.
Rich is a member of the advisory group and on the board of Local Trust trustees. Rich is a Director of Osca and has been in post since 2012. Under his leadership the organisation has made a number of key interventions to improve the performance of the UK social sector. He is currently working as an adviser to the WHO and until 2015 he was a UN Adviser working in the Middle East. In 2004 Rich was appointed as the first director of the charity Involve, which became a leading centre for public participation research, innovation and policy-making. He is a people power specialist and has written many publications on the subject. He regularly blogs for the Guardian and is a Clore Social Fellow. His latest publication ‘Good and Bad Help’ has initiated a major programme of work on public service reform and social action.