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 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.

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.

Mitesh Patel is co-founder of Lenstore (leading online contact lens business), trustee of DePaul UK, the youth homelessness charity, and committee member of the General Optical Council.

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

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