Liz FirthPrevious work Liz is an experienced senior manager and organisational development consultant, with a track record of innovation and more than 25 years’ experience of working in the voluntary and community sector. In 2005, after five years as Grants Director at Comic Relief, Liz returned to her work as a specialist consultant for social sector organisations, focusing on: helping organisations learn, manage change and work more effectively; supporting boards and senior staff to develop leadership roles and capabilities; evaluating governance, strategies, practices and programmes; and assisting grant-makers and emerging philanthropists with setting social change priorities, developing systems and analysing impact. Other interests Since 2010, Liz has worked with endowed, fundraising and spend-out foundations, corporate and family trusts, reactive national and international donors and those with focused interests and a more proactive approach. She has provided programme analysis, and development support and mentoring for leaders and leadership teams across a wide range of subject areas, including youth and older age, mental health, disability, and criminal justice, for both UK and international programmes.
Julia CoffmanJulia Coffman is founder and Director of the Centre for Evaluation Innovation in Washington D.C. Previous work Julia has 20 years of experience as an evaluator, and now specialises in the evaluation of advocacy, public policy, and systems change efforts. Her expertise is with evaluation that supports strategic learning, which emphasises real-time learning that helps organisations adapt their strategies and continuously improve. For 15 years Julia worked with the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP), a research and evaluation organisation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Julia led HFRP’s evaluation work for over a decade, which included evaluating foundation and non-profit initiatives and publishing The Evaluation Exchange, a nationally renowned periodical on emerging evaluation strategies and issues.
Charlotte PaceCharlotte is a lead facilitator on the national Building Health Partnerships and Health and Social Value programmes where she has supported cross sector senior leaders in their local collaboration and integration plans building productive and lasting connections based on respect, trust and challenge. She has a strong track record of project management, research and evaluation, providing governance advice and developing organisational strategy. Previous work Charlotte has worked as a trainer and facilitator for over 25 years in the private, public and voluntary sectors with experience primarily in the children and young people and health sectors. Other interests Walking, visiting France and politics.
John HaileyJohn is currently Professor of NGO Management at City University’s Cass Business School in London where he is the Director of its MSc in NGO Management. He has extensive international experience working with NGOs and civil society organisations, and has worked in over fifty different countries. He has undertaken a range of consultancies and evaluations for many different clients. He was one of the founders of the Oxford-based International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC). His research and publications have focused on the leadership and management of international NGOs, and the strategic issues facing charities, NGOs and other development agencies. He is on the Board of ACORD, a Nairobi-based Pan-African NGO, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath.
Ben CairnsBen has supervised over 200 research and evaluation projects, ranging from small organisational reviews with grassroots groups to national programmes of support and learning.
Ben has more than 25 years’ experience of work in and around the voluntary sector as a volunteer, manager, trustee and researcher. His primary experience as a practitioner was in the housing and homelessness field, working with homeless families and campaigning for welfare rights.
Ben is an Honorary Research Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London and Strategic Adviser to The Center for Evaluation Innovation in Washington DC. He has published widely with colleagues in national and international academic journals.