Advisors to Evidence Aid

Evidence Aid works with a number of independent advisors, having replaced its original Advisory Group in 2016 after the organisation became an independent charity and a Board of Trustees (comprising Professor Mike Clarke, Dr Philip Davies, Lady Deborah Dixon, Mr Michael Stone and Mrs Sue Wolstenholme) was appointed. We identified and approached people with key skills who agreed to advise Evidence Aid on an individual Basis. The Advisors are:

  • Jonathan Abrahams, Technical Office – Disaster Risk Management, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response Dept, World Health Organization
  • Virginia Barbour, Executive Officer, Australian Open Access Support Group
  • Declan Devane, Chair of Midwifery, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Emmanuel D’Harcourt, Senior Health Director, International Rescue Committee
  • Caroline Fiennes, Director, Giving Evidence
  • Carl Heneghan, Director Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and Clinical Reader, Dept of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Jon Huggett, Founder, The Third Foundation
  • Virginia Murray, Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England
  • Deborah Pentesco-Gilbert, Publisher, The Cochrane Library, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Niall Roche, WASH/Environmental Health Specialist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Centre for Global Health, Trinity College 
  • Bill Summerskill, Independent (ex Senior Editor, Lancet)
  • Prathap Tharyan, Independent (ex Director, South Asian Cochrane Centre)
  • David Tovey, Independent (ex Editor in Chief, Cochrane)
  • Philippe Vandekerckhove, CEO, Belgian Red Cross-Flanders
  • Howard White, Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Collaboration

Profile of Caroline Fiennes, Advisor to Evidence Aid

Caroline Fiennes is Director of Giving Evidence, a consultancy and campaign promoting evidence-based charitable giving. She frequently writes in the press and speaks publicly about how giving can use evidence, both about which charities and programmes work and how donors can best help. She is the author of ‘It Ain’t What You Give, It’s The Way That You Give It’, dubbed ‘the Freakonomics of the charity world’ and described by press as “indispensable… relentlessly logical… engaging, informative, irreverent … long overdue”.

Caroline has been an award-winning charity Chief Executive, a volunteer, staffer and trustee. She has advised donors including companies, endowed foundations, fundraising foundations, government, professional tennis players, and many other individuals and families.

As well as being on the Advisory Board for Evidence Aid, she is also on boards for the US Center for Effective Philanthropy, the world’s largest charity rating agency Charity Navigator, and the UK Social Investment Forum. She works closely with Innovations for Poverty Action and J-PAL (the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT), which use randomised trials to understand poverty and how to overcome it.

Caroline grew up in commercial strategy consulting and has a surprisingly useful degree in Physics and Philosophy.

After agreeing to advise Evidence Aid, Caroline wrote a blog about the importance of Evidence Aid and concluded “Much charitable giving goes to disasters and emergencies, and it’s important that the interventions and care are based on the very best we know about what works, and that we are able to avoid what doesn’t work. We all want to do more good than harm. Hence Evidence Aid’s work – nerdy, analytical and miles behind the front line – is crucial. I’m delighted to join the Advisory Board to help.”