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NCVO Charities evaluation services team

Sally Cupitt, Head of charities evaluation services

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Sally manages the NCVO CES team and oversees most of our larger impact evaluations. She has trained and supported hundreds of organisations to develop their theories of change and self-evaluation processes and written a number of well-read self-evaluation guides. She has carried out external evaluations for a wide range of voluntary sector organisations and their funders.

Sally has been an evaluation consultant for over 20 years, starting with CES prior to its 2014 merger with NCVO. Prior to that Sally trained as a social worker and worked in a range of community settings.

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Shehnaaz Latif, Lead consultant

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Shehnaaz oversees NCVO’s outcome and impact training content and delivery including responsibility for our training contracts with funders such as BBC Children in Need and Trust for London. She helps charities and funders to build their self-evaluation capability and carries out independent evaluations. Shehnaaz has over 17 years’ experience in training and consultancy work on topics including:

  • theory of change
  • self-evaluation processes including data collection, analysis and reporting
  • outcome monitoring frameworks. 

She has particular interest and expertise in working with funders and volunteer-led organisations

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Alex Farrow, Lead consultant

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Alex leads on supporting voluntary organisations to strengthen their strategy and evaluate their impact. Most recently. Alex has worked with:

  • Macmillan & Hertfordshire NHS to evaluate clinical education
  • University of Nottingham Students’ Union to develop their five-year strategy
  • Equality & Human Rights Commission to articulate their priorities through theory of change
  • The Sutton Trust to strengthen their organisational effectiveness.

Alex has strong facilitation and training skills and has supported staff in a range of organisations through complex strategy processes, theory of change developments, and organisational change. He is particularly interested in

  • civil society and activism
  • human rights
  • international development
  • youth work, policy and participation.

Alex is deeply rooted within the UK voluntary sector and is a trustee of GirlGuiding UK.

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Harriet Pearce Willis, Lead consultant

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Harriet leads many of our large, independent evaluations, as well as providing training and consultancy on impact.

She has particular expertise in:

  • health
  • social care
  • children and young people’s services
  • disability-related issues.

Harriet’s current and recent clients include Britain Yearly Meeting (the Religious Society of Friends - Quakers), Macmillan Cancer Support, the Alzheimer’s Society and BBC Children in Need. Harriet joined Charities Evaluation Services in 2013.

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Sini Rinne-Kerridge, Senior consultant

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Sini has worked with a wide range of organisations both in NCVO and in her previous evaluation consultancy and research role. She has particular interest and expertise in

  • evaluating effectiveness and impact of policy advocacy and campaigning work
  • initiatives aimed at supporting those with ‘multiple and complex’ needs.

Since joining NCVO, Sini has managed external evaluations and strategy development work, as well as trained and built capacity of organisations to develop and strengthen their impact practice. Her clients include Amnesty International UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Trust for London. She is a trustee of Home-Start Cambridgeshire.

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Amira Tharani, Senior consultant

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Amira works across NCVO Charities Evaluation Services’ projects including:

  • delivering open and in-house training
  • supporting clients to build their evaluation capacity
  • conducting external evaluations
  • supporting clients with strategy development and organisational strength reviews.

Since joining NCVO Charities Evaluation Services in 2016, her clients have included the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Quakers in Britain, Trust for London, the Sutton Trust and the Religious Education Council of England and Wales.

Before joining NCVO Amira worked in education, first as a teacher and then as an educational consultant, most recently for the Church of England Education Office.

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Radmila Evanics, Consultant

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Radmila joined NCVO Charities Evaluation Services after working on evaluation and impact measurement at national youth and international organisations. Most recently, she developed the theory of change and evaluation framework of The Challenge, which focuses on social integration among young people in the UK. 

She has previously supported a large charity in designing a customer relationship management (CRM) solution for evaluation.

Radmila is especially interested in:

  • innovative and affordable ways charities of all sizes can collect, use, and manage data
  • supporting the youth sector.

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Sarah Menzies, Consultant

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Since joining NCVO Charities Evaluation Services in 2015, Sarah has worked with a wide range of charities and funders through a programme of capacity building, training and external evaluation.

She is a mixed methods evaluator with expertise on action research, empowering /inclusive research and working with marginalised communities.   

She previously worked for a refugee and migrant infrastructure charity, the Evelyn Oldfield Unit, running an accredited year-long research and advocacy course for representatives from refugee and migrant community organisations. Prior to this, she worked as a project manager for Strathclyde University for a community development network, comprising mainly of social enterprises, and research body, the Scottish Centre for Sustainable Community Development.

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Michelle Curtis, Training coordinator

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Michelle is responsible for co-ordinating the CES Open training programme and external training. These include tailored training to Macmillan, Trust for London, BBC Children in Need and other external organisations.

She also provides support to the CES consultants at NCVO.  

Michelle has worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years.  She has in-depth knowledge of event management, marketing and sales. In her last role at London Voluntary Service Council she was responsible for information, data collection and evaluation of projects.

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Meritxell Zamora, Consultancy coordinator

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Txell supports the business development and smooth running of consultancy work at NCVO Charities Evaluation Services. Among her varied range of responsibilities, she:

  • manages and develops our CRM administration
  • leads on consultancy enquiries
  • oversees associate managed contracts
  • and our client feedback process.

She focuses on strengthening the systems and processes of our team to enable our consultants to better deliver support to members and our clients. Prior to NCVO, she worked in a range of sectors, including other non-profit organisations, start-ups and small businesses, mainly in marketing, communications and project management roles.

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Alongside our staff team, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services works with a small group of trusted associates. These skilled evaluation professionals help us expand our capacity and meet the need for our services. We have worked with most of them for many years, and a number are former staff.

Jean Ellis, Associate consultant

Jean has played a key role in developing PQASSO, NCVO’s leading UK quality mark for the third sector, as well as other bespoke quality systems. She has led numerous programmatic evaluations in the UK and internationally, most recently an impact evaluation for the Church Urban Fund. Jean is the author of several seminal publications on evaluation and performance improvement. She has worked with Charities Evaluation Services for twenty years as a senior consultant.

Georgina Anstey, Associate consultant

Georgie supports organisations to increase their capacity in impact and outcomes planning, evaluation, and reporting. She also conducts external evaluations. Georgie sits on the Inspiring Impact programme board and managed the collaborative development of the Code of Good Impact Practice for the sector. Before this, she worked on a programme to develop innovative tools to demonstrate the impact of voluntary sector support organisations. Georgie has been at NCVO for eight years and joined Charities Evaluation Services following the merger of the two organisations in 2014.

Milla Gregor, Associate consultant

Over ten years Milla has worked for funders and charities that include Camden Council, Z2K, the National Housing Foundation and The Baring Foundation. She has a particular interest in the smart use of research, statistics and database systems. Milla specialises in outcomes evaluation and theory of change development. She supports people through the human side of organisational changes. Milla has experience as a mediator and trainer in relationship skills and a diploma in group facilitation, counselling skills and conflict resolution. She has studied research through many lenses including anthropology (Cambridge), health policy (LSE/LSHTM) and research methods (Open University).

Diana Parkinson, Associate consultant

Diana has particular expertise in working with organisations in the criminal justice, homelessness and women’s sectors. Her clients include One25, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Volunteering Matters. She has an MSc in professional practice in research methods and is chair of the board of trustees for the charity, Birth Companions. Diana has been an associate consultant with Charities Evaluation Services since 2002.

Avan Wadia, Associate consultant

Avan’s recent work includes supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Association to implement an outcomes framework. She also carried out an evaluation for Swindon Therapy Centre. Avan has provided support to grantees of Children in Need and Lloyds TSB Foundation. She is an experienced evaluator and trainer and has been an associate consultant with Charities Evaluation Service since 2005.

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