About Us

Covidence is a not-for-profit service working in partnership with Cochrane to improve the production and use of systematic reviews for health and wellbeing.

Our mission

As systematic reviewers ourselves, we were frustrated at the systems available to reviewers to produce timely, high-quality evidence - so we've dedicated ourselves to making tools that make systematic reviewing faster, easier and more enjoyable!

Our partners

Our work started as research prototypes, developed at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne Australia (Covidence) and Instituto de Efectividad Clinica Y Sanitaria (EROS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As our work grew we created an Australian non-profit organisation to turn these prototypes into Covidence.

In 2015, Covidence was selected by Cochrane to become the standard production platform for Cochrane Reviews. We are now working in close partnership with Cochrane to support Cochrane reviewers, and make Covidence available throughout the world.

Where we're headed

Covidence is the foundation for a new approach to systematic reviewing. We are deeply involved in the efforts by Cochrane and others to create the next generation of review production systems, crowd sourcing and new production models to create the evidence systems of the future.

We are deeply committed to the public good purpose of evidence-informed decision making. If you share our mission and passion and want to partner or work with us, get in contact - we would love to talk.

The Covidence Team

Julian Elliot


Julian is CEO and one of the co-founders of Covidence. Julian is also the Head of Clinical Research at the Alfred Hospital and Monash University Department of Infectious Diseases. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Australasian Cochrane Centre.

Julian also chairs the Australian HIV guidelines panel and previously worked for the Cambodian government’s HIV program He has served as a consultant to WHO, UNAIDS and the World Bank.

Russell Gruen

Non-Executive Director

Russell is Director, Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health and Medicine, NTU, Vice Dean, Research and Professor of Surgery, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU and a Consultant General Surgeon at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore.

Matt Deeble

Non-Executive Director

Matt is a Director at Social Ventures Australia and is leading Evidence for Learning, a new non-profit that helps Australian K-12 educators increase their learning impact through improving the evidence of what works and why.

Lisa Boothby

Non-Executive Director

Lisa is currently the Head of Enterprise Development for Social Traders. Lisa had extensive experience in management consulting across commercial, community and social enterprise sectors. She worked in the Strategy Group at Accenture for seven years, and following this, provided consulting services directly to non-profit organisations and social enterprises. She has worked with numerous boards and management teams on the development of strategic plans, national growth strategies and merger evaluation and implementation.

Bo Jeanes


Bo is a software engineer who has lived and worked all over the world. When he's not learning a new functional programming language or conveying abstract concepts with disposable metaphors, he's reading, bouldering, playing music, or walking his dog.

Phillip White

Head of Sales

Phil is a very experienced sales executive. He has over 20 years experience, predominantly selling to US academic libraries. Over this time Phil has worked for well known companies in the sector, including Wolters Kluwer, Nature and Bioscientifica, and for six years was the top sales manager for the BMJ in North America.

Anna Pienkos

Sales & Marketing

Anna is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has over ten years of communications and marketing experience across the technology, non-profit, financial services and property sectors.

Matt Shanks

Head of Design

As Head of design at Cogent, Matt has been delivering functional beautiful software for over 15 years. He currently works part-time with Covidence to make sure systematic reviewers have only the best experience. He also moonlights as an author/illustrator for children.

Anneliese Arno

Community Manager

Anneliese is a public health researcher with a love for evidence-based health policy and big data. When not making excited small talk over support requests and traveling to conferences to meet our amazing user community, she is usually swing dancing or trying to get anyone in Melbourne to be a Red Sox fan.

Nancy Owens

Community Manager

Nancy's background is in publishing, working in editorial and administrative project management prior to joining Cochrane in 1999. Her initial role was as a Managing Editor for the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group. Since then she has managed a major quality improvement project, coordinated the US Cochrane Centre, and managed the copy editing team. For the last 14 years Nancy has played a leading role in Cochrane communications, initially leading Cochrane's web and social media presence, and since 2014 as a senior communications manager, building Cochrane's global community of contributors and leading strategy for online content.

Nicola Maayan

Community Manager

Nicola is an expert systematic reviewer with over 9 years of experience and more than 20 published reviews. She is passionate about using technology to speed up and facilitate the review process. When not troubleshooting with Covidence users and dreaming of new features she enjoys yoga, getting creative with a crafting project and exploring the world.

Natalie Blanchard

ROW Sales

Natalie is an experienced sales agent, managing Australia and New Zealand sales for a range of academic publishers. She also has experience selling software solutions and covering the Asia/Pacific territory.

Trish Joyce

Marketing & Communications

Trish is a strategic and tactical marketing and communications leader, developing and delivering integrated demand generation programs and engaging content to both B2B and B2C audiences within healthcare and technology. She has previously led marketing and communications efforts for evidence-based clinical decision support for The British Medical Journal Group and has effectively promoted clinical quality improvement programs for Colorado-based non-profit HealthTeamWorks.

Andrew O'Neil


Andy is a developer originally hailing from the Southern land of Aotearoa. If he's not stuck indoors with his nose in a novel or binging the latest tv series, he's likely out skating or exploring the countryside.

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