The Board consists of:
- three elected office‐bearers: President, Vice-President and Treasurer
- three ordinary Board members, each of whom must be elected
- up to three additional appointed Board members.
In determining the membership of the Board, the Board must use its best endeavours to ensure that at least two members are Indigenous. Office bearers are elected for three years terms (maximum of two consecutive terms); ordinary members are elected for two year terms (maximum of three consecutive terms).
President – Elected September 2018, Board member since 2016
With a background in frontline juvenile justice and child protection work before joining the Australian Public Service, John has been internal evaluation practitioner within the Australian Government for nearly 15 years. He is also a Fellow at both The University of Melbourne and Charles Darwin University, reflecting his interests in evaluation theory and praxis, evaluation capability and capacity building, evaluation use and strategic evaluation.
His involvement in the AES evolved from regular attendance at the AES International Evaluation Conference to membership of the AES Canberra Region Committee, AES Board and the aes17 Conference Committee. In addition to President John is currently Chair of the Relationships Committee.
Vice President – Elected September 2019, Board member since 2017
Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāi Tahu
Kiri is a Māori health research and evaluation contractor living on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Kiri’s work is focused on advancing the health and wellbeing of indigenous populations. Her work predominantly takes her back to her homeland of Aotearoa New Zealand. A personal commitment to see her people flourish is what drives her enthusiasm for her work. Kiri is currently exploring ngā kaupapa tuku iho (values passed down from our ancestors) and how we can better express these important concepts in a modern world to maintain wellness. As manuhiri (a guest) in this beautiful land of Australia, Kiri is honoured to work alongside indigenous Australians and others from the South Pacific region to promote and strengthen the work of indigenous evaluators.
Treasurer – Elected September 2019
Carina is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Clear Horizon. She has a Masters in Evaluation as well as qualifications in Public Policy and Applied Science and has 20 years of professional experience working within and consulting to government and not-for-profit organisation. The combination gives her the breadth of skills and knowledge to work adaptively across a range of specialist fields.
As a Principal Consultant, she has been involved in many complex evaluations involving qualitative and quantitative methods and in program design and planning. She has an in-depth understanding of public policy and program design and implementation and is a strong advocate for utilisation-focused approaches that supports organisational learning and contributes to positive social and environmental change. She is passionate about helping organisations to see the real value of good measurement and evaluation practice.
Since 1999, Carina has been an active member of the AES and is the Treasurer on the current AES Board.
Ordinary member – Elected September 2019, Board member since 2015
Sharon Clarke is Wergaia, Wemba Wemba, and Djadwajali on her mother’s side which is in the Wimmera region of north-western Victoria and on her father’s side Gundjitimara which is in the western district of Victoria.
Sharon works for the Department of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health, Prevention and Population Health, Wellbeing SA in Adelaide, South Australia. She works with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in remote, rural and metropolitan regions across South Australia in Indigenous Women’s Health.
As a Board member Sharon continues to support Indigenous representation on the AES Board as it is critical for the engagement of Aboriginal people and communities to evaluation.
She supports strengthening and promoting evaluation practice, theory, and use by members whether they are Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal people using quality culturally safe evaluation practices for better outcomes and sustainability for and with our communities.
Ordinary member – Appointed February 2020, Board member since 2016
Doyen is a Naaguja man from the Yamatji Region of Western Australia. Doyen is a community minded individual with a passion for empowering Indigenous communities to reach their real potential to improve quality of life, health, social and economic wellbeing and inclusion within Australian society. Doyen works as a Regional Manager at Community First Development based in Perth, WA and was Regional Manager for the Darwin office. He oversees community development activities in WA and is working towards to delivering global best practice community development work through evidence based demonstration of positive impact in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities..
Ordinary member – Appointed December 2020
Dr Anne Stephens, (PhD, MBA) specialises in social evaluation and research. Anne has worked in senior positions with the Queensland and Victorian governments, as well as for Australian and International NGOs in evaluation consultancy. Anne is a sociologist who’s social and theoretical work has been used in community and government for family violence prevention; adult and infant head trauma prevention; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vocational training for workforce development, and substance use harm reduction and treatment. Anne is the author of UN Women’s Inclusive Systemic Evaluation for Gender Equality, Environments and Marginalized Voices (ISE4GEMs): A New Approach for the SDG Era (2018) and over 50 journal articles, evaluation reports and conference papers. She is an Adjunct Senior Researcher at James Cook University, an Endeavour Research Fellow and was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, New York, in 2016.
Ordinary member – Elected September 2020, Board member since March 2020
Charlie Tulloch is a public sector consultant specialising in business case development and evaluation. He has worked as a consultant for over a decade and founded Policy Performance in 2018. He holds a Master in Evaluation (University of Melbourne), a Master of Public Policy and Management (Monash University) and a Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne). He is currently an online facilitator for the Evidence in Public Policy course at Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government and is a past tutor of Impact Evaluation: Forms and Approaches at the University of Melbourne (2015–2018).
The Board is accountable to the Society's membership. All members of the Board must adhere to the requirements of the ACNC and the Australian Corporations Act 2001, as well as the provisions set out in the Society's Constitution and Policies.
The Board consists of three named office bearers (President, Vice-President, and Treasurer) and three ordinary board members, all elected by the membership. The Board has the discretion to appoint up to three additional ordinary board members, ensuring that at least two members of the Board are Indigenous and taking into account the overall mix of knowledge, skill and attributes of Board members.
While the Board has overall control of the Society, it is subject to the provisions of the Australian Corporations Act 2001, its obligations to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and the AES Constitution. The Board delegates overall management to a Chief Executive Officer, and may delegate certain powers to committees of members. All Board positions are unpaid.
Board elections are held each year during the month preceeding the AGM (usually August).
Contact the Board
You are welcome to contact AES Board members:
Postal: PO Box 476, Carlton South, VIC 3053
Note: Written correspondence to the Board or a Board member should be directed through the AES Office.