Advisory committee

Giving Evidence is proud and delighted to have the support of an advisory committee with diverse and highly-relevant skills and experience.

Dr Lucy Heady has a PhD in theoretical physics from Cambridge, and an MSc in economics from Birkbeck College, London. She and Caroline together at New Philanthropy Capital, where Lucy headed the impact measurement activity. Then Lucy did a stint at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, a private grant-maker focused on international development. She now in charge of impact at NESTA’s impact investments.

Prof Jonathan Grant is Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London. He has long-standing research interests on R&D policy, and the use of research and evidence in policy and decision making. He recently co-lead a major study on what makes biomedical and health research more likely to benefit patients. Jonathan was formerly President of RAND Europe, and head of policy at the Wellcome Trust.

Dr Chris West, former CEO of the Shell Foundation and social entrepreneur and innovator. He is recognized globally as one of the most authoritative individuals in the arena of making philanthropy more accountable and higher impact, and received the World CSR award for “Social Innovation” in 2013. Chris is a Board member of the Overseas Development Institute and a member of DFID’s Advisory Group on Economic Development.

The Advisory Committee supports our team and work, outlined here.

Why does it matter whether giving is based on sound evidence?