Our team

Core Team

 

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. Claire works 3.5 days a week.

Jane Copsey – Administrator

Jane joined Evidence Aid in April 2021 on a part-time basis (3 days a week). She has over 30 years experience in administration, project and general management.

Mark Gavin – Administrative Assistant

Mark joined Evidence Aid in February 2022 (funded by the Kickstart Programme). He is a part-time (25 hours a week) Administrative Assistant who works alongside Jane and Claire. He has a huge interest in technology. He has spent many years doing a lot of creative work including video editing and photo editing.

Trustees

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 Northern Ireland Methodology Hub 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.

Euan Crawshaw

Euan Crawshaw is Humanitarian Lead at Oxfam Great Britain. He has significant experience in humanitarian work, having led multi-country and multi-functional teams to deliver large scale emergency operations overseas over the past 14 years.  Euan has lived and worked in many different countries and contexts including  Yemen, Gaza, Lebanon, South Sudan, Somalia and the Philippines.

Deborah Dixon

Deborah Dixon – Treasurer

Deborah Dixon is Global Editorial Director, Science and Medical Journals at Oxford University Press. With extensive global experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) journals and educational publishing, Deborah was previously Vice President, Global Publishing Director, Health Sciences, at John Wiley & Sons. She is involved in policy making related to publishing, along with science funding bodies and universities. Deborah was one of the founding Trustees of Evidence Aid.

Philip Davies

Philip Davies

Philip Davies was a Lecturer in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Kellogg College from 1992-2003. Subsequently, he was a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, and Deputy Director of the Government Social Research Service. Currently, Philip is Executive Director of Oxford Evidentia, a professional development and consulting company that promotes evidence-based policy.

Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson is Head of Advisory at BBC Media Action, the international development charity of the BBC.  She leads on work related to resilience and humanitarian response, aiming to advance the use of creative media and communication to reduce disaster risk and to help people cope in emergencies. Lisa co-founded the Communication with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network and sits on advisory boards for leading international DRR institutions. She is also an Adjunct Professor for USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Michael Stone

Michael Stone

Michael is a leading international specialist in the humanitarian sector. He has substantial experience of directing large scale emergency response operations with NGOs, the international Red Cross, and the United Nations. He has chaired coordination bodies, evaluated programmes for the Red Cross, EU, UN and Governments, prepared policy papers for senior politicians, and given specialist talks in numerous forums. Michael is President of the Alumni Association of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

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.

Saraf Azad – Windstorms Intern

Saraf is a current M.Sc. candidate in the Global Health Program at McMaster University. Her interests lie in public health, humanitarian aid, and social justice; she is also keen on learning about evidence-based research. Saraf is currently working with the Evidence Aid team to edit and compile summaries of systematic reviews for the Windstorms collection.

Kashif Daud – Windstorms Intern

Kashif is currently completing his M.Sc. in Global Health at McMaster University and has a background in Life Sciences.  Kashif is currently working with the Evidence Aid team to identify and summarize systematic reviews for the Windstorms collection.

Sophie Dearden – Covid-19 Intern

I am a BA Geography undergraduate, currently in the second year of my degree at the University of Liverpool.  I am particularly interested in humanitarianism, conflict responses and global health and aim to progress to a master’s degree in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response. During my early and primary education, I lived in Trinidad, the United States, Malaysia and Egypt, which has inspired me to work overseas in international aid and disaster management in the future. I am currently working with Margaret on screening systematic reviews for Evidence Aid.

Khushmol Dhaliwal – Malnutrition Intern

Khushmol is a Master of Science graduate from the University of Alberta in Canada. She has a strong research interest in exploring health inequities as they relate to the social determinants of health, evidence based research and knowledge translation, and obesity and nutrition research. She works with Evidence Aid to update, run search strategies, and summarize relevant reviews for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition collection.

Maya Gadhvi – Social Media Intern

Maya is currently completing her final year of a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Surrey, UK. She has an interest in scientific communication and belief in making science accessible and reliable. She works with the team to manage the Evidence Aid social media platforms – Facebook and Instagram – engaging with the community and informing them of newly available summaries and other content.

Joly Ghanawi – Evidence Collections Intern

Joly has a biology background, with a strong interest in evidence-based research and public health. She works with the Evidence team by helping summarize systematic reviews for our evidence collections.

Jenny Hu – Earthquakes Intern

Jenny has a background in the health sciences and is currently completing her MSc in Global Health at McMaster University. Her interests are rooted in intersectionality, sex/gendered health, and cross-cultural communication. She works with the evidence collection team running search strategies and updating systematic review summaries for the Earthquakes collection.

Beirut Ibrahim – Earthquakes Intern

Beirut is currently completing her M.Sc. in Global Health at McMaster University, specializing in disease burden. Her research interests include reproductive and maternal health, as well as examining factors influencing health-seeking behaviour amongst marginalized communities. She works with the Evidence team by helping summarize systematic reviews for our Earthquakes collection.

Simran Jawanda – Windstorms Intern

Simran is currently a Global Health MSc student at McMaster University, with a focus on Disease Burden, Challenges and Changes. Some of her research interests include addressing health disparities for marginalized groups, examining intersections between geography and human health, and examining health systems’ roles in mitigating disease burdens. Simran works with the evidence collection team running search strategies and updating systematic review summaries for the Windstorms collection.

Sydney Johnson – COVID-19 Intern

Sydney has recently completed a M.Sc. in Global Health at McMaster University with an interest in evidence-based research and knowledge translation. She works with the team to provide editing and feedback on completed single review summaries within Evidence Aid’s COVID-19 collection.

Grace Meng – Earthquakes Intern

Grace is completing her MSc in Global Health at McMaster University. She is interested in humanitarianism, evidence-based research, and innovation transferability. Grace works with the Earthquakes team to run search strategies, analyze and summarize systematic reviews found for this evidence collection.

Briann Mensour – Earthquakes Intern

Briann is a current MSc Global Health Candidate at McMaster University. She has a strong interest in public health, health systems, evidence-based research, and knowledge translation. She works with the Earthquakes team to run search strategies, analyze and summarize systematic reviews found for this evidence collection.

Carmela Preciado – Social Media Intern

Carmela is a postgraduate student studying Health Informatics at the University of North Texas. She is also a professional graphic designer. She has an interest in health equity, particularly with regards to immigrants overcoming challenges in their new country. She works with Evidence Aid to create graphics for social media, as well as managing our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts.

Surya Ramachandran – Evidence Collections Intern

Surya is a current student in the MSc. Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases program at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Some of her interests include evidence-based research, one health, zoonotic diseases, and neglected tropical diseases; her current research focuses on communicable diseases in displaced populations. She is a part of the editorial team and works with the Evidence team by helping summarize systematic reviews for our evidence collections.

Jeremy Scudder – Earthquakes Intern

Jeremy is completing his Master of Science in Global Health at McMaster University, with an interest in refugee health and complex humanitarian disasters.  He’s worked in a variety of different occupations in different global contexts, and most recently he has served as an English teacher in Asia.  He has a passion for providing quality education to those that need it most.  Jeremy is working with the Earthquakes team to run search strategies, analyze and summarize systematic reviews for this collection.

Grace Shepherd – Intern

Grace is a second year student studying a BA in Geography at the University of Birmingham, with a strong interest in international aid, development and inequality. She commenced her internship working with the COVID-19 team supporting Christine McKee by helping manage the combined summaries and is now working alongside Kat Timberlake on web support.

 

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