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.

Kelly Ruder

Programme Officer

Kelly is working closely with the Head of Programmes and Impact, assisting to deliver our funding rounds and curate The Fore’s wraparound support programmes. Having studied Psychology at undergraduate level and volunteered with children’s charities, Kelly is committed to supporting applicants and helping to nurture our community of portfolio charities.

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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. 

Elspeth Dolega-Ossowski

Partnerships Coordinator

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.

Emilie Darrousez

Social Impact Intern

Emilie works across the Partnerships and Programmes teams on various tasks, including developing content for The Fore’s social media channels and supporting with the development of our future funding rounds. Emilie has a Master’s in International Sustainability Management and is passionate about the environment and making an impact. She previously worked for a small charity, and now wants to help other charities access the funds they need to grow.

Stephanie O'Shea

Social Impact Intern

Stephanie supports our Partnerships team with relationship building and event planning, and helps make connections between charity leaders and skilled professionals in our Pro Bono Network. Having studied Philosophy at undergraduate level and a Master’s in International Human Rights Law, Stephanie is committed to making a social impact by building on her previous experience at Citizen’s Advice and Nightline.

Ria McMillan

Social Impact Intern

Ria supports our Programmes team with our funding rounds as well as the wraparound support we provide to our portfolio charities. Ria has a degree in French and Spanish where she focused on the rights of marginalised communities, particularly in Latin America. She previously worked at a small charity in Peru, managing their projects, and now wants to use this experience to help other small charities receive the support they need.