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 AllenClaire 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 ClarkeMike 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.