Introduction

Over more than 25 years, I have worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors, undertaking a variety of different tasks, which have equipped me with a wide variety of useful experience. I combine a technical geography background with a strong record in stakeholder engagement and facilitation, based on work at grassroots, managerial and strategic levels. I have particular expertise in evaluation and research, including design, delivery and mentoring monitoring and evaluation of grant-funded programmes. I have a particular interest in people’s engagement with and appreciation of the natural world. I am very literate person, very capable at absorbing, analysing and making sense of complex written information.  I am comfortable working informally in Welsh. I was a founding Director of Resources for Change, working with the company since 1998.

Irene Evison

Core competencies

Irene’s core competencies are:

  • Evaluation and monitoring – working with projects, programmes and organisations to help them develop and deliver evaluation and monitoring strategies, also carrying out external formative and impact evaluations. Particular interest in applying these skills in a community development context and in relation to people’s connections with the natural world.
  • Research and learning – carrying out robust and well-targeted research for organisations and programmes in order to inform management and strategic decision-making, with particular specialist skills in qualitative approaches and strong interest and experience relating to community development, rural areas and sustainable natural resource management.
  • Facilitation – design and delivery of a wide range of facilitated events and workshops, with extensive experience of working with the client to define and deliver the intended outcomes.
  • Supporting development and delivery of effective grant-funding, including programme development, grants assessment, and legacy planning. With particular experience around natural heritage, grassroots community activity and tackling deprivation and disadvantage.

Career highlights

Irene is proud to have been one of the founders of R4C. In addition to this, she has held voluntary roles as: trustee for (former) Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales; trustee and Vice Chair (Wales) for the Campaign for National Parks; Welsh Assembly Government Appointed Member for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.

Prior to R4C, Irene worked in paid and long-term voluntary roles for Concern Worldwide, Shell International, the United States Forestry Service and the Worldwide Fund for Nature, in the UK and overseas (Tanzania, Alaska, South America).

Other stuff

Irene is helping to set up Nearly Wild Exploration, working to support nature-based business. She is a keen long-distance trail runner, having recently done the Cape Wrath Ultra, and also an emerging tapestry weaving artist, exhibiting locally and nationally, and using tapestry weaving to engage people with the natural world through workshops and events.

Irene’s recent projects include:

Living Levels LPS

Resources for Change is the lifetime evaluator for this Scheme, beginning with participatory working to create a theory of change…

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