Mary Rose Gunn
Mary Rose Gunn is Founder and Chief Executive of The Fore, the UK’s first venture philanthropy fund dedicated to supporting visionary grassroots social entrepreneurs. To date, The Fore has distributed £6.5m in funding and 8000 hours of skills support to over 400 dynamic small charities and social enterprises challenging inequality. Mary Rose set up The Fore in 2017 after successfully piloting the Fore’s innovative venture capital-style funding model for four years under the umbrella of The Fore’s parent charity The Bulldog Trust. Mary Rose has run The Bulldog Trust since 2007. She has designed, resourced and delivered a range of programmes for the Bulldog Trust including opening the stunning neo-gothic headquarters, Two Temple Place, to the public through a successful annual exhibition programme that has welcomed over 300,000 visitors.
Prior to joining the Bulldog Trust, Mary Rose worked in politics and the media and has a degree in Modern History. She is a Trustee of INTBAU and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2018 she was named as one of the Pioneers Post’s 100 Women In Social Enterprise. In 2020 she became a Commissioner on the Law Family Commission on Civil Society chaired by Lord Gus O’Donnell and set up by Pro Bono Economics to look at the vital role of civil society in the UK.
Director of Strategy and Partnerships
Audrey Slade, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, joined The Fore in September 2017. Prior to starting at The Fore, Audrey was a strategy consultant to charities and social enterprises. Previously she held leadership positions in the economic development agencies of both London and New York City. Earlier in her career she worked in banking and corporate finance.
Outside of work, Audrey mentors and supports small charities and social enterprises.
“Kash” (BCom, FCA, MBA) is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow and life member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He recently retried after 30 years in Private practice as Audit Partner & Director in several firms of Chartered Accountants in London and Bahrain. During that period, he advised many SME businesses from all industry sectors and Not for Profit clients on all financial matters including Accounting, Audit, Corporate Finance, Business and Strategic planning, Corporate recovery, and Business Tax.
In August 2022, Kash was appointed as the Finance Director of The Fore. He is also Trustee and Treasurer to four other UK charities: Border Crossings, Akademi South Asian Dance, Camden Carers Centre and Shivia.
Freya joined The Fore in January 2022 as Programme Manager. Prior to this, she worked in a range of small non-profit organisations; most recently as Senior Coordinator at Jacari, a small charity providing free English lessons to disadvantaged children. She also spent a year in a frontline role in the NHS, as a social prescribing link worker. She is passionate about supporting small charities to increase their sustainability, and has particular experience and interest in monitoring and evaluation, and impact measurement.
Freya holds an MSc in Comparative Social Policy and a BA in History. Outside of work, she is a keen volunteer and works on the helpline at Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, and as a workshop volunteer at the Broken Spoke Bike Cooperative. She also enjoys playing and teaching the piano, and spending time with her dogs.
Kate joined The Fore in 2021 as Partnership Coordinator. She was promoted to Partnerships Officer in April 2022. She previously worked in Market Research at a life sciences consultancy.
Kate has a degree in Spanish and Portuguese. She has used her Spanish skills to volunteer at an education charity in Spain, and also spent time volunteering in primary schools and as a tutor for state-school applicants to Oxbridge.
Outside of work Kate likes to travel and go fell walking in her home county Cumbria.
Programme and Communications Officer
Breeha joined The Fore in 2021 as Programme Coordinator. She was promoted to Programme and Communications Officer in October 2022.
Breeha has a degree in English Language and Literature and has a background in journalism, having previously run The Oxford Blue, the university’s first digital-only news platform and training publication for students to develop their journalistic skills. She launched the paper’s Lifestyle and Columns sections before going on to be Editor-in-Chief and Board Director.
She is passionate about access to higher education and the youth opportunities in the arts having worked within college and university outreach. She has volunteered with several small charities, including as an English Language tutor for locals with the Oxford Hub’s FELLOW programme.
Outside of work, Breeha enjoys reading and writing about food.
Social Impact Intern
Outside of work, Kelly enjoys visiting the seaside, eating at restaurants, and spending time with her cats.