Kate Kirkland - Joint Chair
Kate Kirkland has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She became well known in the charity sector in the 1990s when she was appointed as the first Head of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation's Trustee Unit and spoke at many conferences. She has also been a member of various voluntary sector committees and working parties including the Charity Commission's Advisory Committee on Trusteeship. After a spell as Director of the Charity Unit at accountants BDO Stoy Hayward, in 2001 she set up her own consultancy business providing governance and management advice to not-for-profit organisations. Kate was a trustee of Oxfam for nine years and is currently a trustee of UnLtd and the Ashoka UK Trust. Her publications include the first edition of the Good Trustee Guide (NCVO) and the Charity Administration Handbook (Tolleys).
Nigel Siederer - Joint Chair
Mr Siederer is founder and principal of the Good Foundations Consultancy, which advises voluntary organisations on strategy and governance.
From 1990 to 2002, he was the first director and chief officer of the Association of Charitable Foundations, the UK's key support organisation for philanthropic trusts and foundations, with a membership of 300 and annual grant-giving of £1.3bn. He has worked in the voluntary sector for 29 years, with much experience with umbrella organisations, philanthropic foundations, and in the advice-giving field. He has worked locally, nationally, and internationally, and has written extensively on good practice and charity law. Current and recent work has been with organisations as diverse as Charities Aid Foundation, the Community Fund, the Electoral Reform Society, and the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy.
Mr Siederer was one of the founders of the Federation of Independent Advice Centres in 1981, and a trustee of various bodies including the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (1996-2001). He is currently a trustee of the McDougall Trust and of Fair Trials Abroad.
Lindsay Boswell is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, the only professional body in the UK representing fundraisers and fundraising.
The Institute's aim is to promote at every level and opportunity the highest standards of fundraising practice. Members are supported through training, networking, the dissemination of best practice and representation on issues that affect the fundraising environment. With 14 years experience in the voluntary sector, Lindsay has previously worked in the field of youth development with Raleigh International and The Princes Trust.
John C. Botts, CBE (American)
Founder and Chairman of Botts & Company Limited, a London based investment and investment management company, which concentrates on private equity investing in Europe for medium sized companies, with particular emphasis on media, leisure/entertainment and industrial product/service sectors.
Previously John worked with Citicorp, including running its investment bank in Europe, Middle East and Africa from 1980 to 1986. Other assignments were in New York, Johannesburg, Montreal, Brussels and Casablanca before coming to London in 1973.
Outside professional interests include directorships of United Business Media plc, Euromoney Institutional Investor plc, Amerindo Internet Fund plc and Chairman/Glyndebourne Arts Trust, Trustee/Tate Gallery Foundation, Governor/The London Institute, Member/Council on Foreign Relations & Grolier Club.
Rodney has worked full time in the voluntary sector during the seven years since leaving the commercial sector. His last appointment in the sector was as a director of WHSmith Group. He is Vice Chair of National Council of Voluntary Organisation and Chair of the voluntary sector's Quality Standards Task Group.
He holds a number of positions on charity boards, with an involvement in the sector dating back some 25 years. The focus of his recent work has been on governance, standards with the aim of demonstrating and enhancing the effectiveness of individual charities and the sector. He is currently engaged on an assignment to address self-regulation issues in charity fundraising practices.
He is Chair of the Charities I Can and is a trustee of Charities Evaluation Services and the Charities Aid Foundation.
David Carrington has had 25 years experience of senior management positions in charities, the last 13 as Chief Executive in organisations such as the PPP and Baring Foundations. David has also had Board member experience with over a dozen organisations, as well as a University, the Media Trust, Allavida, the National Foundation for Youth Music and the New Opportunities Fund. He is currently working as an independent consultant.
Naaz Coker currently runs her own Executive Coaching practice. Her career spans 30 years in the public and voluntary sectors. She spent 20 years in the NHS where her roles ranged from Pharmaceutical and Clinical Director to General Manager in acute NHS Trusts in London followed by ten years at the King's Fund a large charitable foundation working in the field of health and social care, where she was the Director of the Race and Diversity programme. She has written widely on racism and ethnic health inequalities in the NHS and the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in the West.
She has been the Chair of the British Refugee Council since November 1998. She has held many other voluntary appointments including Chair of Aga Khan Health Board UK, Member of Management Committee of St Cecilia's Leonard Cheshire Home in Bromley Kent, Member of Standing Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State for Health. She is currently a trustee of the Media Trust and the Community Channel and the Ashoka UK Trust. In May 2003, she was awarded 'Asian Woman of the Year' by the Asian Guild.
Naaz was brought up in Tanzania and completed her University studies in the UK. She graduated in 1971 with an Honours degree in Pharmacy and in 1974 she gained a Master's degree in Bio-Pharmacy (MSc) from the University of London followed by a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University Business School in 1991. She is an Ismaili Muslim.
Peter Gilheany is Head of Communications at The Giving Campaign, a three year initiative to encourage a stronger culture of giving in the UK and increase the amount of money donated to charity. Peter has worked in the voluntary sector for the past 6 years, in posts at CSV (Community Service Volunteers) and SPARKS, the children's charity. He is a trustee of the Alec Dickson Trust, which gives grants to young people who want to make a difference in their community through volunteering.
Sue Gillie has nearly 15 years of engaged grant giving experience and philanthropy as a member of the Network for Social Change and as a founding director of The Funding Network. She was chair and volunteer Director of Ashoka (UK) Trust for five years, and through Ashoka has met many outstanding social entrepreneurs around the world. She is currently chair of the trustees of The New Economics Foundation and is a member of the executive of the Association of Charitable Foundations by virtue of being an independent trustee of The Nationwide Foundation. Her previous experience was in the commercial sector, first as a financial analyst, and later in her own businesses, executive relocation in Switzerland and estate agency in the UK.
Simon Hebditch is currently Policy Director at the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) with responsibility for working on all external policy issues that might effect either CAF itself or the wider voluntary sector. In recent years this has meant that Simon has worked with government on the April 2000 tax incentives, the creation of the Giving Campaign and lobbying Commonwealth governments to try and introduce beneficial changes in legal and fiscal arrangements for charities throughout the Commonwealth.
Previously, Simon worked as an Assistant Director of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) focusing on policy and research. In a career largely devoted to the voluntary sector, Simon has also been General Secretary of Bradford Metro Council for Voluntary Service, Assistant Director of MIND (National Association for Mental Health) and Head of Information for Age Concern England. Simon Hebditch is also a trustee of London Community Foundation and Kent Community Foundation.
Claire joined GlaxoSmithKline's Global Community Partnerships team in 2001 to lead the Europe and International programme. Claire has over 15 years experience of business/community partnerships working in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Before joining GSK, she held senior roles in international companies, including Head of Community Involvement at Diageo and set up a new Corporate Social Responsibility Unit for Prudential. Claire is a Trustee of the Balkans Community Initiative Fund.
Margaret Hyde is Director of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The Foundation is one of the UK's most significant grantmakers with assets of £600 million and an annual grant spend of about £26 million.
Previously Margaret held a number of senior positions in the voluntary and public sectors including Deputy Secretary General of the Arts Council, Chief Executive of Action Resource Centre, and Head of Information at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. She has been a Council member of the Royal Society of Arts, and Vice Chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations. She was educated at the London School of Economics, of which she is currently a Governor.
Sir Brian Jenkins, GBE - Chair of The Founder Partners' Advisory Board
Brian Jenkins is Deputy Chairman of Barclays PLC and Chairman of CAF (Charities Aid Foundation). Previously he was Chairman of Woolwich plc and a senior partner in Coopers & Lybrand, where he spent much of his working career. In addition to serving as Lord Mayor of London in 1991-92, he has been President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, President of the British Computer Society and President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In the City, Brian has served on the Takeover Panel and is a member of the Financial Law Panel. In the livery, he has been Master of the Chartered Accountants', Information Technologists' and Merchant Taylors' Companies. He is a Trustee of the Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown, Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and Crimestoppers. Born in 1935, he was educated at Tonbridge and Trinity College, Oxford and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery and served in Gibraltar during National Service.
Amanda Jordan OBE
Amanda Jordan is a Founding Director of the SMART Company. Her career involves extensive experience in both the corporate sector - leading the CSR activities of the NatWest Group - and within a number of NGOs, including Age Concern, NCVO and Scope.
Amanda has also worked with UK government as business advisor to the Social Exclusion Unit in the Cabinet Office and as a member of the New Deal Advisory Group. She is now a non Executive Director of the Regional Coordination Policy and Management Board in the Office of Deputy Prime Minister. Until recently Amanda was a Board member of the Corporate Responsibility Group and she remains actively involved in a number of CSR bodies.
Amanda is a non Executive Director of the Banking Code Standards Board and Greater London Enterprise as well as non Executive Chair of One London (The London Enterprise Agency). Amongst her voluntary sector commitments she is a Trustee and Vice Chair of the National Literacy Trust and a Governor of the Mountview Theatre School. Amanda was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2000 for her work as a former Board member of the National Lottery Charities Board.
Roger Lewis is the Managing Director and Programme Controller of Classic FM, and an executive board director of GWR group plc, positions he has held since 1998. Roger began working in radio in 1981 at Radio Tees, followed by Capital Radio in 1984 and the BBC in 1985. He spent five years at BBC Radio 1, becoming Head of the Music Department in 1987. He joined EMI Records in 1990, becoming Managing Director of the Classical Division and Managing Director of the label group EMI Premier. In 1996 he was appointed World Wide President of the Decca Record Company. Roger has won a number of awards including three consecutive Sony Awards whilst a producer at the BBC, and in 2002, Programmer of the Year, at the Commercial Radio Awards. His other activities include, Chairman of a Government Advisory Board at the DFES, Chairman of the Ogmore Centre Trust, President of the Bromley Youth Music Trust and a director of the Barchester Group.
Claire Mackintosh (Viscountess Mackintosh of Halifax), Founder and Chief Executive of ShareGift had 16 years experience in the City of London prior to devising and setting up ShareGift, the independent charity share donation scheme. Initially she specialised in UK Equities as an investment manager of pension funds, later set up an East European private equity fund, then became a broker specialising in the Korean stockmarket for institutional fund management clients. In 1996 she founded Sharegift, bringing to life a long-held idea for creating a new stream of charitable funding from useless, unwanted small shareholdings. Additionally, she is a member of the Advisory Committee of The Giving Campaign and a trustee of The Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, an annual literary prize for biography.
Charles Morland, born in 1939, went to King's College Cambridge after National Service with the Grenadier Guards. On graduation he spent a brief spell with the Foreign Office before joining Barclays Bank where he served for fifteen years. There followed a two year secondment to the Department of Industry before he returned to banking as a director of BZW and Managing Director of Riggs AP Bank.
With the onset of multiple sclerosis he retired from full time banking and became involved with Leonard Cheshire. He has been a Trustee since 1994 and Chairman since 2000. He is also Chairman of the Oxford Policy Institute and a Director of the British Institute in Paris. He enjoys travel, theatre and cooking.
Christine joined the then TSB Foundation for England and Wales, as Company Secretary, in September 1991 when there were just four members of staff and an income of approximately £2 million. She has seen many changes and developments in the work of the Foundation over the past 12 years!
Prior to that she worked for 3½ years in the fundraising department of the Order of St John, raising funds primarily from companies and trusts for the head office of St John Ambulance and the St John Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem. Christine keeps her feet on the charitable ground as a Trustee of the Albanian Musicians' Trust - a small, and very "niche" charity, so has a good idea of how hard it is raising funds for small charities. She graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a degree in French and German.
David McDonough, OBE
David McDonough's career spans twenty six years in the communications business.
At Bell Pottinger Consultants, where he was Deputy Chairman, he advised a wide range of clients, among others the City of New York, the Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland, Emirates Group, the British Security Industry Association, Salomon Smith Barney, the Salvation Army, Jones Lang LaSalle, Knight Frank, The Guides Association, Nomura, KPMG, The Sultan of Brunei and the Brunei Government, the President and Government of Sri Lanka and seventeen law firms including Clifford Chance. He has recently established The McDonough Partnership in St. James's, providing communications counsel to a wide variety of client.
David was Appeals Chairman of Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People for six years and is co-founder of The October Club which has raised nearly £4 million for fifteen different small charities since 1988. He is Chairman of the Corporate Development Board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and a Trustee of The Place To Be.
Elizabeth Mills, OBE
Elizabeth runs her own public affairs consultancy, Eminence Grise, with a particular focus on older people and long term care; volunteering; and more recently sustainable development. Her clients include BUPA Care Services, ACIL Tasman Pty, Health Systems Consultants Ltd, for dementia, the Science Museum, and the Botnar Institute for Research in to Musculo-skeletal Diseases at the University of Oxford. Until 2001, she was Chief Executive of the medical research charity, Research into Ageing, when she led the charity into full merger with Help the Aged. She is Deputy Chairman of the Continuing Care Conference, a trustee of Homeshare
International, Auditory Verbal UK (a new charity, set up to provide auditory verbal therapy for all newly-diagnosed hearing impaired children in the country), and Westminster Healthcare Foundation, and a Governor of Henry Box School at Witney, Oxfordshire.
In 2000, Elizabeth was awarded the Lord Cohen of Birkenhead Medal for Services to Gerontology and in 2002 she received the OBE in the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours for services to ageing research.
Geraldine Peacock, CBE
Geraldine Peacock is a Charity Commissioner and a Civil Service Commissioner. She also writes a weekly column for Third Sector. Prior to that she was Chief Executive of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (1997- 03) and the first paid Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society (1988 - 1997).
She is a qualified Social Worker who has practised in medical social work, juvenile justice, child abuse and disability. She lectured in Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, holding academic posts in English and Scottish Universities (including the Open University). She has written two books on Social Work Theory and Practice and authored publications and articles on a wide variety of not for profit issues including, Chief Executive Appraisal, Social Auditing and Social Investment.
Until becoming a Charity Commissioner she was currently a Trustee of the Inge Wakehurst Trust and a Trustee (Executive Committee member) of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. She was Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. (ACE) from 1995-99. She served on The Social Investment Taskforce for the Chancellor of the Exchequer and on the Strategy Unit's Advisory Group for the Review of Charity Law and Regulation. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the Active Committee Unit (Home Office) and Chair of one of the Futurebuilders Groups for the Treasury. She also chairs the Voluntary Sector Women Leaders Network (Groundbreakers).
In 2001 she was made a CBE in the New Year's Honours for services to the voluntary sector.
She has 3 sons and lives with her partner in London. Since 1997 she has had Parkinson's Disease - perhaps the biggest challenge of them all!
Sue is Managing Editor of The Daily Telegraph, a position she has held since 1998, being previously the Home Editor for seven years. Sue is an honorary Fellow of Unicef and runs the Telegraph Charity Appeals, which have raised more than £6 million over the past seven years. She is also the "team leader" for The Weekenders a collection of short stories by well-known writers, the first of which was set in Sudan and the most recent in Calcutta. All the funds go to Unicef.
Norman Sanson is a trustee of Oxfam and of Timebank, and recently stepped down after several years' trusteeship of Wellbeing and Pilotlight. He retired in 1997 from McKinsey & Company, management consultants, where he latterly led the London, Dublin and Johannesburg offices. Prior to joining McKinsey in 1973, he worked with Procter & Gamble and Cavenham Foods. He is a non-executive director of Brake Brothers and chairman of the Alresford Gallery.
Stephen Sherbourne, CBE
Stephen is a director of Chime Communications PLC (which owns Bell Pottinger), the UK's leading communications and marketing group. He worked previously for Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street as head of the Prime Minister's Political Office. His clients have included British companies, charities, and overseas organisations. He has worked closely with the British Red Cross, Motability (which provides vehicles for disabled people), Whizz-Kidz (which improves the quality of life of disabled children and young people under 18 through the provision of customised mobility equipment), the Guide Association and the Salvation Army. He has also done work in many overseas countries. He has been a teacher, worked in a merchant bank, in a headhunting firm, in a UK industrial company and was a special adviser in the Department of Industry. He was educated in Manchester and Oxford.
James Smith is a freelance consultant providing services in social sector leadership through his company Monkey Mosaic. Current and previous clients include Summer Education (UK), the Nicholas Albery Foundation, Information Centre on Asylum and Refugees (ICAR) and grant-making trust A Glimmer of Hope.
He was formerly the Director of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, which exists to identify, promote and encourage entrepreneurial capacity amongst people and organisations working for public benefit. He worked for the Institute of Community Studies, SSE's parent body, for two years and played a central part in the planning and development of the School with Michael Young (Lord Young of Dartington).
James was integral to the development of UnLtd: the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, as a founding trustee. He is also Chair of the Management Committee of Community Catalyst, an organisation which provides direct project development support to new community based self-help organisations; and of Refugees' and Asylum Seekers' Initiative for Skills Employability (RAISE), which helps refugee engineers gain employment.
Chris has worked for Zurich/Allied Dunbar for 15 years his current position is director responsible for Zurich Financial Services Community Trust and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Chris's career history with Allied Dunbar/Zurich include Business Development Manager, Senior IT Project Manager, and Systems Analyst.
Clare Thomas has been Chief Grants Officer with the Bridge House Trust since April 1996. The Trust started making grants to London charities in September 1995 and has an annual grants budget of approximately £17 million. Clare was formerly an Adviser to the Active Community Unit at the Home Office on charities and voluntary organisations. She has worked as Trust Administrator for the Sir John Cass's Foundation and for several years as Deputy Director of the Rainer Foundation, a national charity providing services for young people at risk. She has worked as a teacher in Haringey and a social worker with Hackney Social Services Department and for the Family Service Unit in Islington. She is a trustee of the New Lease Trust, the Cavendish School, a member of the Association of Charitable Foundations' (ACF) board, member of the City Parochial Foundation's Grants Committee and the Executive Committee of the London Funders Group. She has also recently chaired a task group for HM Treasury futurebuilders - "Modernisation of the Voluntary Sector" and is Chair Elect of the Building Exploratory.