Jillian Evans has worked in health organisations for most of her career in both England and Scotland. She is currently a senior manager in NHS Grampian with advisory responsibilities in public health and planning, including providing intelligence on the current and future health needs of the population and how the health system is able to respond. She influences how resources are allocated for health care based on evidence and impact and is involved in assessing the quality of care within the organisation.
Jillian has played a prominent role in the prioritisation of UK wide research in health services and its delivery. In recent years, she has supported health services research in Nigeria and India.
For the past eight years she has been a presenter of the Health show on community radio SHMU FM, interviewing guests on particular topics and busting myths on headlines about health research. She is currently chairperson of this third sector media organisation concerned with confidence building, skills development and employability of people in regeneration areas in Aberdeen.
A postgraduate of University College London, she was awarded Fellow of Faculty of Public Health by distinction because of her work in public health and the ability to communicate about it.
During Covid-19, Jillian has supported her team in providing data to manage health services at the height of the pandemic and more recently, generating intelligence to improve our knowledge about the spread of the virus. She has also steered the organisation’s efforts in communication to staff and the public.