Mary Rose Gunn

Chief Executive

Mary Rose has been a pioneer in the grant making space since 2012. She previously ran The Bulldog Trust and its public programmes at Two Temple Place, and worked within politics and the media. 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.

Francis Shaw

Head of Programmes and Impact

Francis has considerable experience working in both the private and social sectors. Before joining The Fore, Francis managed the delivery of a programme worth over £45 million that sought to support communities improve their neighbourhoods and quality of life. Francis oversees the delivery and impact monitoring of The Fore’s support programmes, including the grant, workshop and training elements. Francis also volunteers as a grant panelist at a charity that supports refugees into employment.

Chimdia Okpala

Partnerships Manager

Chimdia is responsible for helping to build our corporate and funding partnerships, to ensure we can work with as many innovative charities as possible. She has a number of years experience in stakeholder engagement across a range of sectors. Prior to joining The Fore, Chimdia worked at Future Frontiers, building strong relationships with corporate partners to help support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfill their potential.

Emily Wheildon

Partnerships Manager

Emily is responsible for helping to build our corporate and funding partnerships. She has several years’ experience in the private investment sector; most recently working for Schroders in their Institutional Client team. She was responsible for building strong relationships with clients in order to help them to achieve their investment ambitions.

Kelly Ruder

Programme Officer

Kelly first joined The Fore as Social Impact intern and is now in a permanent role. Her eye for data and analytical skills help track our industry leading impact as a grant maker. Kelly studied Psychology at university. She now helps nurture our community of portfolio charities. Kelly is responsible for sending out workshop, training and volunteering opportunities. She also designs our impact survey, and compiles insights to drive The Fore’s strategy and inform our team.

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Alex Edwards

Executive Assistant and Special Projects Manager

Alex has several years’ experience in administration, project management and running successful events. She was Visitor Services Manager for exhibitions at Two Temple Place, responsible for welcoming thousands of guests.  She then went to the Museum of London, to manage their extensive volunteering programme. A change in direction led her into proofreading which she now does freelance, alongside her part-time role as Executive Assistant and Special Projects Manager at The Fore. 

Thomas Crabtree

Programme Assistant

Thomas works within the programmes team, assisting with the delivery of our grant, workshop and training offer. He also assists with our external communications. Thomas studied politics and sociology at university. He then volunteered at a community farm in Cornwall and worked at the National Trust before joining The Fore.

Elspeth Dolega-Ossowski

Partnerships Assistant

Elspeth is working closely with the Partnerships Manager, assisting to build our corporate and fundraising partnerships, and managing our pro bono programme. Elspeth studied Business Management at Leeds University. She previously worked in a global recruitment firm, and is now keen on exploring the social side of business. She currently volunteers at a social enterprise that connects refugees and local people through the love of food.

Jo Heldreich

Finance Director

Jo is Founder of Beehive Chartered Accountants and has spent the majority of her career working in the not-for-profit-sector. Jo joined The Fore, part-time, in the Summer of 2023 as Finance Director, bringing with her a wealth of experience and knowledge. Jo qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2014.

Caroline John

Finance Assistant

Caroline started working within the finance function at The Fore in a part-time capacity in Summer 2023 and has many years’ experience providing finance and admin support to not-for-profit organisations from her time at Beehive Chartered Accountants. Caroline really enjoys working in the not-for-profit sector and loves being able to contribute towards the mission of The Fore.