Francesca is the founder and Chief Executive of Values Education Group. She is an experienced senior manager with over fifteen years’ senior leadership experience in Schools and Further Education, with expertise in targeted interventions to rapidly raise standards. She has extensive experience in preparing for Ofsted and engaging with Ofsted inspection teams; raising standards in teaching and learning; leading curriculum development and tracking, monitoring, and reviewing the impact of interventions on learner outcomes, re-structuring, and strengthening quality processes. She also works with small charities to develop targeted training programs for beneficiaries, CPD training for staff, and supports small charities to access funding to support sustainability.
She holds a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) from Birkbeck College, a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Westminster University, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Greenwich.
Samantha Barber is chief executive of Genetic Disorders UK and Tuberous Sclerosis Association. During her career, Samantha has worked in large household name charities, such as Shelter, and very small charities, such as the Batten Disease Family Association. She has complemented this experience with a number of trusteeships. She is currently Chair of Amber Housing, and trustee of both the Royal Air Forces Association and Harrison Housing. As well as experience of fundraising, communications and governance, Samantha has a MSc (Distinction) in Voluntary Sector Management from City Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Emily has spent 20 years working in the non-profit sector working on issues including child protection, education, disaster risk reduction, and human rights. She has worked with many large and small NGOs across South Asia and Central Africa and spent 10 years living and working in India. Her roles have included grant management and oversight, project design and planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, capacity building, advocacy and research and report writing.
Marianne trained and practised in the UK and Hong Kong as an insolvency lawyer with Allen & Overy after which she was the Practice Manager for the Clifford Chance China offices, focusing on recruitment, training and communications. She has extensive charitable board experience with a particular interest and expertise in governance and strategy. She has been a trustee of mental health, disability and educational charities for 13 years and chaired the board of 2 charities. She was awarded an MBE for her services to British Education Overseas in 2017 for her chairmanship of the board of The British School In Tokyo. After moving back to the UK in 2017, she joined the board of Enham Trust, a regional disability charity, where she is responsible for Safeguarding as well as a member of the Governance Working Group. She has been an assessor for the Fore Trust since January 2020.
Juan has been involved in international banking for more than 30 years, first in his native Colombia and then in the United States, before coming to London 25 years ago with Barclays, where he led the team looking after private clients in the European region and the Americas.
He subsequently worked in Switzerland for The Royal Bank of Canada as Region Head for Latin America North. He has been involved in the education sector as a member of the International Board of Advisors at Tufts University and the European Advisory Group at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Current he advises clients in risk management and strategy.
Juan holds a BA in Economics, Political Science, and International Relations from Tufts University and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is also a Fellow Member of the International Compliance Association, holding the FICA designation.
Anna is passionate about the role small charities play in communities. Having trained as a volunteer advisor with Citizens Advice in preparation for a career in law, she never looked back. She initially focused on delivering training to vulnerable groups in the community, managing volunteers and developing partnerships, before training in managing voluntary organisations and completing an MA in International Diplomacy.
In 2009 she began working with a number of organisations to support their funding situations and has since worked with many small UK and international charities, a number on a long-term basis. She specialises in guiding and enabling strategic thinking, fundraising strategy and applying for grants and commissioned contracts.
As well as her consultancy work Anna enjoys supporting projects local to her home in Derbyshire. She is Trustee of a charity working to establish unique public spaces which enhance connection between people and to the environment, supported the establishment of a rural arts collective and volunteers with an organic market garden whenever she gets chance.
Isabel de la Cour
Isabel has over 20 years experience of working in the voluntary sector and local government. She has worked in frontline homelessness, policy, campaigns and strategic management. She also managed a local government’s grants programme which awarded over £3m per annum to small and medium sized charities. She has worked across many areas giving her specialist knowledge in housing, criminal justice, equality, disability, service improvements and partnership working between the voluntary and public sector.
Isabel is also a freelance public speaking skills coach where she works with professionals from a range of sectors including charities to maximise their impact when giving presentations and when speaking at meetings.
Debbie has worked in the voluntary sector for the last 35 years – this includes founding one charity, helping to establish another and working as a senior manager in the regional branch of a national charity.
After working for environmental charities Debbie joined English Partnerships (which became a Regional Development Agency) to manage the Community Investment Fund, a grant fund for community buildings which involved providing advice and support to applicants.
Debbie has appraised grant applications, written investment papers, and established regional business support and worked on national business support for the sector. She went onto develop a £10.5 million public sector investment into Charity Bank which continues to be used as loan funds in Yorkshire and The Humber.
In 2008 Debbie founded Crellin Consulting to help charities and social enterprises to grow, recently focusing on feasibility studies and social impact management /evaluation.
Debbie has undertaken several Trustee roles and is currently a Trustee of a local young people’s charity.
Malcolm has worked & volunteered in the third sector in development, fundraising and grantmaking roles, supporting charities of varying sizes, and communities, to get stronger. This has included roles with Gloucester Community Transport; Guide Dogs; BBC Children in Need; Cheltenham Festivals and Corra Foundation. He has trustee experience with Muirhouse Youth Development Group, Edinburgh, plus operationally working directly with boards on strategy & development, most recently on the implementation of Corra’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plans.
Prior to moving to the voluntary sector, Malcolm worked for over 10 years in financial services for sector leaders including Standard Life and St. James’s Place. There he achieved both ACII and APMI professional status and is now a Member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. He has a sports degree from Northumbria University and in 2014 received Wychavon’s Diamond Jubilee Community Recognition Award.
Laura is a Private Equity specialist, having worked in the sector for well over a decade.
Her most recent role was as interim Chief Operating Officer for one of the UK’s largest secondaries firms, with responsibility for a large team of investment specialists handling funds valuing more than $17 billion. Prior to that she spent several years as Co-Head of the firm’s finance team.
Laura is also a Chartered Accountant and has worked in both the professional services and energy sectors. She is now driven to apply her knowledge of investment and performance measurement to the charity sector in order to maximise the impact of funding.
Alongside her work with The Fore, Laura serves on the Finance and Risk Committee of the Big Issue Invest. She also works as an Executive Coach, sharing her leadership experience and expertise with executives of various levels of seniority.
Laura holds a first-class honours degree in Psychology from University College London.
Vic Hancock Fell
Vic is a small charity devotee with particular interest in international development and leading strategic planning, troubleshooting and change processes in small charities. Vic has almost fourteen years’ experience working within the UK education and not-for-profit sectors both in the UK and internationally. She is the founder of Small International Development Charities Network (SIDCN) and is passionate about building the capacity of small NGOs, having provided over 500 hours of free advice and support to small INGOs over the past 5 years. In her day job she is the Co-Director of a small international development charity where she is on the other side of grant making, having submitted hundreds of funding applications over the years.
She is an experienced Trustee and a trainer with The FSI and South West International Development Network and runs Fair Development, a social enterprise providing appropriate and affordable consultancy to small charities. Vic has a Masters in NGO Management from Bayes Business School and a Certificate in Charity Management from the Chartered Governance Institute.
Christine is a transformational social and behavioural specialist with over 25 years’ experience. She is experienced in the voluntary/community and public sectors, with specific skills in market research, community consultation, policy research, programme management, business planning, feasibility studies, evaluations, and grant funding applications. Christine has participated on the Government SME Procurement Panel, advising the Cabinet Office on SME procurement and tendering.
She has undertaken grant assessment for funders such as the Big Lottery where she assessed Research Grants relating to the voluntary, health and social care sectors, Sport England and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust as well as for regeneration and European Funded Programmes. She has also undertaken a number of evaluation projects and established funding programmes for major funders and organisations such as Sport England, the Big Lottery, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and a number of regeneration programmes to mention a few. She previously worked for Barnsley MBC within the Special Programmes Team undertaking an integral part in the delivery of regeneration programmes before leaving to undertake a PhD at the University of Sheffield in 1998.
Hannah Gardiner (they/them)
Hannah has always been passionate about the environment and societal change and has worked for nearly ten years on these topics. This includes co-founding the clean-tech startup AirPublic (2015), working for the behavioural change charity London Sustainability Exchange (2015-17) where they created Pollinator Paths (2017), and collaborating in the development of surplus food distribution initiatives in several London boroughs. Prior to this, they created socially engaged art projects, working nationally and internationally. Most recently they were Head of Consultancy for Shared Assets (2017-2019) working on alternative land management models, and in this role they authored a report on community ownership and management of land (2018). They became a One Young World Scholar in 2017.
In 2021 Hannah graduated from the Centre for Alternative Technology with an MSc in Sustainable Food and Natural Resource Use (Distinction). They are now undertaking a PhD at Plymouth University on topics relating to food system transformation and social justice. The are also non-executive director of the National Forest Gardening Scheme CIC and the Lambeth Food Partnership. When they are not working, they can normally be found walking or climbing up a mountain somewhere.
Ian initially joined HM Government Economic Service as an economist, before joining Hambros Bank in 1994 in the public sector debt origination team, and subsequently becoming heavily involved in the PFI sector. Ian was one of the founding members of the Secondary Market Infrastructure Fund (SMIF) which subsequently became the largest holder of secondary investments in the UK Government’s PFI programme. Following the sale of SMIF, Ian was appointed as Head of Treasury & Corporate Finance for Land Securities Trillium where he set up the Treasury function and was responsible for debt raising across the company.
Since 2012, Ian has become involved in opportunities in the retail financial services industry following the implementation of the Retail Distribution Review. This has led to Ian becoming a founding partner and director of the Inspire Financial Partners and Raglan Financial Services group which has 5 branches across the country and £200 million of funds under management.
Ian is an adviser to numerous organisations in the social and private sectors. Recent roles have included advising a London-based arts charity on its impact measurement programme, advising an education charity on its social enterprise activities and financial forecasting, and advising a national philanthropic body on its future development and strategy; as well as being chair and non-executive director for a number of individual infrastructure investment companies.
Keith Gubbin has been associated with the African continent for over forty years and lived and worked in numerous countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He is co-founder and Director of Africa Asset Management and was Chief Executive Officer of the Grupo Uniao in Angola. Before this, Keith was an Officer in the British Army, and served in Northern Ireland, Belize, Germany and the UK. He is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School, has a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a Commission from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
Keith is a member of the Royal Africa Society, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. Keith has been involved with the APPG for Africa, the British Angola Forum, the Nigerian British Consultative Process and is a founder member of the Anglo-Somaliland Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Global Advisory Council of London Business School and a director of the Naval and Military Club. Keith speaks French and Portuguese.
Elizabeth is a consultant UK/EU competition lawyer and EU specialist. She previously practiced in London and Brussels at Cleary Gottlieb, Shearman & Sterling and Allen & Overy. She also served as Private Secretary to the Chairman of the UK Competition Commission. Prior to training as a barrister and then solicitor, she was an international economist and equity market strategist on an award-winning team at S.G. Warburg. Before moving to the United Kingdom for graduate school, she traversed the United States on a presidential campaign. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has been strongly committed to pro bono and charity work and has served as a Governor at an East London primary school.
Elizabeth was educated at Smith College and Wadham College, Oxford, where she was also a Lecturer in Economics.
Michael is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and Chartered Internal Auditor with over 26 years of financial accounting, consulting and related experience. Since 2013, he has worked almost exclusively in international relief and development settings, for consulting firms and international charities operating predominantly in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. Most recently, Michael has been based in Sierra Leone, Kenya and Tanzania at maternal health and education establishments. Michael graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1994 with an MA (Hons) in Economics.
Karen is focused on the not for profit sector having had a successful earlier career in investment management. She led the UK Small Company team at Rothschild, with top quartile performance. Her focus on the smallest 10% of the market has given her an insight into successful business and finance models and she is now driven to use this knowledge and experience to help charities develop resilience in both their income and impact.
During a career break, Karen retrained as a landscape architect and founded a small practice with a specific focus on finding solutions for architects in compromised sites. This provided her with an entirely new and creative challenge whilst she needed the flexibility of working from home. The desire to find solutions is the connecting thread. She is now energised by unlocking potential and enabling new ideas for the benefit of all.
Karen has a degree from Cambridge and is a member of the CFA. She is a Charity Trustee, chairing their Strategy Committee and she is also a school governor for a local Primary school.
Jerry Loy has extensive experience in growing and developing financial service organisations. He advises the Department of International Trade on the design, implementation and management of a wealth management programme to increase foreign direct investment to the UK and chairs/vice chairs audit committees for two educational establishments in Surrey. He is also vice chair for the Foyer Federation, a national youth homelessness charity. Previously, Jerry was the Chief Operating Officer at QNB Banque Privée and the Head of Operations and Administration at NBAD Private Bank. Jerry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Laura is an experienced charity sector professional with a background in both national and small charities as a senior manager, CEO, trustee and volunteer. She has worked across many areas including grant making, armed forces, disability, single parent families, employability, and social isolation.
She is currently working as CEO of Berkshire Vision and trustee of the Link. She has a degree in French, German and Russian.
Plamen started his career as an economist at NERA in London, specialising in the antitrust aspects of M&A transactions. He then spent more than a decade as a trader in fixed income and commodities, most recently as a partner at the Cumulus hedge fund where he built a market-leading desk and helped grow the fund to one of the largest commodities hedge funds globally.
He now runs an asset management company and actively invests in and advises start-ups. Plamen has a DPhil in Economics from Oxford University, where he also did his Masters and undergraduate studies.
Chupa is a fundraising strategist and trainer with 22 years’ experience in institutional fundraising in Africa, Europe and the US. She has raised funds for a broad range of causes including international development, human rights, gender issues, global health and education. Chupa has extensive experience in business development, project development and management, bid writing, grant management, grant making and governance.
Combining her passion for community development and philanthropy, Chupa established Oko Consultancy – a fundraising training and consultancy service that works in partnership with charities in the UK and Africa to help them raise vital funding for their work. Oko Consultancy is a social enterprise with all profits ploughed into a Community Foundation in Zambia which seeks to inspire local philanthropy and support community-based organisations achieve their goals, missions and visions through funding and training.
Motivated by the Ubuntu philosophy Chupa is a strong advocate for participatory grant making and promotes emphasis on local assets, resources and capabilities.
Temi Phyllis Pratt
Temi Phyllis Pratt is an experienced grant assessor and manager having worked in these functions in the UK third / non profit and international development sector. She has worked on projects in the UK, DRC and Nigeria.
Rahul is an economist and monitoring & evaluation expert, working in the international development and education sectors. He serves on the boards of the Gate Theatre, the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation, and London Plus, and previously was an Ambassador for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington DC. He also serves on the Policy Council for Liberty.
Before moving to London, he has worked for a prominent think tank in Washington DC, as well as several boutique consultancies that support NGOs including the World Bank, and the UK and US governments. Since arriving in London, he has supported the Overseas Development Institute in its research into the causes and levels of land tenure insecurity around the world.
Rahul has been working with The Fore on impact, evaluation and assessment projects since Spring 2021.
Dami is a Director at the Finding Rhythms, a charity delivering music and educational projects in prisons and supporting people at risk of offending. He also has a keen interest in transforming the ways in which organisations in the third sector operate and are supported by Trusts and Foundations and is a consultant for the Youth Endowment Fund and Baobab.
Rupert is a senior investment and charity professional. With 30 years’ experience across the investment management business, he is currently Business Development Director for a charity and advises a private family office and two start-ups. Rupert formerly worked at Sarasin & Partners LLP and Merrill Lynch, where he covered institutional and private client portfolio management for UK and global clients. Rupert joined The Fore with 10 years’ experience as a Charity Trustee.
Jacob Warn is a long-term activist and consultant working across various social justice issues, primarily in the migration and sustainability sectors. Born in Bristol, UK, he has founded and worked with numerous organisations in the field of social impact. He co-founded and is now on the Board of Trustees for Action for Education, a UK-based non-profit providing education to displaced communities, and also co-founded Europe Must Act, a pan-European and grassroots campaigning movement seeking systemic change in support of migrants’ rights.
More recently, he has worked as a consultant specialising in monitoring, evaluation and learning with companies and nonprofits including Comic Relief, HP, The National Lottery, The Fore and The Earthworm Foundation. With a long-term fascination with creating systems-change, Jacob is a passionate advocate for both individual and collective climate justice action. Jacob was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where he holds a degree in Classics & English.
James is a not-for-profit sector professional with over 20 years’ experience in strategic and operational management, fundraising, communications and partnerships roles for environmental, educational and community causes. He loves working with inspirational people to turn good ideas into practical, scalable, positive social action.
James currently heads up fundraising and marketing for a national mentoring charity alongside running his own consultancy working primarily with smaller charities and social enterprises. Prior to this, he was Operations Director at The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund and Deputy Chief Executive at In Kind Direct. He has experience as Trustee and Deputy Chair of a leading social enterprise in Sussex, where he is based, and volunteers with various local organisations.
James has a degree in history from Cambridge University and postgraduate management qualifications from Bayes Business School and INSEAD. He’s a Fellow of the RSA.