Our team

Leadership Team

Ben Heaven Taylor – Chief Executive Officer

Ben has been a practitioner in the humanitarian and development world for more than 20 years, working for Oxfam, ActionAid and Save the Children, and has managed emergency response programmes across sub-Saharan Africa and the former Yugoslavia. Ben is a passionate advocate for evidence-based decision making in disaster response, while acknowledging the challenges in both producing and acting on high-quality evidence in disaster settings.

Claire Allen

Claire Allen – Programme Operations Manager

Claire has been with Evidence Aid since the very beginning. She worked for Cochrane for 15 years, during which time Evidence Aid was born as a project within the Cochrane family. When Evidence Aid became an independent entity, Claire moved over to become its first (and, for some time, only) member of staff. Claire is responsible for Evidence Aid’s programme of research resources and works with our very committed advisors and volunteers to ensure that those resources are usable, useful and used.

Mike Clarke

Mike Clarke – Research Director Emeritus

Mike Clarke is one of the founders of Evidence Aid, helping to establish the initiative in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. He is Professor and Director of the All-Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research at the Centre for Public Health in Queen’s University Belfast. Before this, he was Director of the UK Cochrane Centre. Mike has worked on several large randomized trials and dozens of systematic reviews in a wide range of areas. As our volunteer Research Director Emeritus, Mike has advisory oversight on all Evidence Aid’s work and is also the Chair of our Board of Trustees.


Team members

Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson – COVID-19 Volunteer Co-ordinator

Margaret has over 30 years experience working as a professional librarian in various healthcare and educational settings. In 2010, she took up her current role as Cochrane Information Specialist for the Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems group. As an Evidence Aid volunteer, Margaret runs regular searches to identify systematic reviews for the COVID-19 collection, and coordinates the work of the team of volunteers who screen the results.

Anish Jammu

Anish Jammu – Project Management Intern

Anish is a MSc student in the Global Health program at McMaster University with a strong interest in evidence-based medicine and knowledge translation. As an intern with Evidence Aid, Anish provides project management support in the revision of summaries for the COVID-19 collection to ensure the collection is relevant and informative to decision-makers by editing and providing feedback on the first draft of summaries that volunteer writers provide.

Ahmed Firas Khalid

Ahmad Firas Khalid – COVID-19 Research Manager

Firas is an MD, a health policy researcher, and a lecturer on health systems and policy. Firas completed his PhD in Health Policy at McMaster University with a focus on supporting the use of research evidence to inform decision-making in crisis zones. Previously, Firas worked as a health policy researcher at the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Geneva, Switzerland. He also worked in the department of Child and Maternal Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Firas has expertise in medicine, education, health policy, knowledge translation and health emergencies working with relief and intergovernmental organizations.

Christine McKee

Christine McKee – Researcher

Christine is a Public Health doctor in Northern Ireland and Visiting Scholar at Queen’s University Belfast. Christine is a member of our research team, working on a range of aspects from categorising identified reviews, providing feedback to summary writers, and working on combined summaries of review topics.

Alexa Phillips – COVID-19 Communications Manager

Alexa began her career as a journalist, before moving joining the non-profit sector. For the past eight years she has worked in communications for organisations including Greenpeace International, Greenpeace Africa and ActionAid UK, specialising in digital content. Alexa is currently overseeing Evidence Aid’s website and social media content for the COVID-19 project.

Jo Wood – COVID-19 Project Co-Ordinator

Jo has been working in library and information settings since 2003. She qualified as an information professional in 2006, achieved Chartered status in 2008 and became a Fellow of CILIP: The Library and Information Association in 2019. Jo is responsible for co-ordinating the work of the volunteer searchers and summary writers for the COVID-19 collection.