Mary Rose Gunn

Chief Executive

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.

 

Audrey Slade

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 is a keen reader and also spends a lot of her time mentoring and supporting small charities and social enterprises.

John Collins

Programme Director

John Collins, Programme Director,  joined The Fore in December 2020. He brings over two decades of multi-sector experience to his work at The Fore. Previously, he served as a strategy and management consultant focused on clients in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Prior to this, John held various positions, including senior analyst at a private equity firm, project manager at REDF, a venture philanthropy firm founded by George Roberts of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and financial consultant at Ernst & Young, LLP.

John, who hails from New York, holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration and a BA in International Business. He is an active volunteer for AIDS Walk (New York), St. Joseph’s Hospice (London), and is a member of the Board of Advisors for Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE).

Freya Turner

Programme Manager

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 Hoyles

Partnerships Officer

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 where she collated insights, handled logistics and managed vendor relationships.

Kate has a degree in Spanish and Portuguese. She has used her Spanish skills to volunteer at an educational charity in Madrid, 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.

Breeha Mazhar

Programme Coordinator

Breeha joined The Fore in 2021 as Programme Coordinator. She has a degree in English Language and Literature.

She is passionate about access to higher education and the arts having worked within college and university outreach. Throughout university, Breeha volunteered as an English Language tutor for Oxford locals with the Oxford Hub’s FELLOW programme. She also has experience within student journalism. Most notably, she worked at The Oxford Blue, the university’s first digital-only news platform and training publication for students to develop their journalistic skills regardless of background. She launched the paper’s Lifestyle and Columns sections before going on to be Editor-in-Chief and Board Director.

Outside of work, Breeha is a keen food writer, especially interested in the emotions and economics behind how we cook and eat.

 

 

Benjamin Ceaser

Programme Assistant

Benjamin joined The Fore in September 2021 as a Programme Assistant. He previously worked in multiple capacities including volunteering with UNICEF – Jordan Country Office, where he supported knowledge management on UNICEF’s response to COVID19 in refugee camps.

Benjamin holds an MA in International Relations (Middle East), specialising in disengagement from jihadi violent extremism and identity politics of MENA. He speaks Swahili, basic Spanish and elementary Arabic (MSA).

Outside of work, he enjoys blogging on international affairs and travelling, with a particular interest in visiting museums and cultural centres.

Barbara Mikulasova

Data and Impact Associate

Barbara joined The Fore in October 2021 as Data and Impact Associate. She graduated recently with a degree in Japanese Business and Economy.

She has experience with developmental consulting projects empowering local communities through market analysis and impact measurement.

Barbara is passionate about LGBTQIA+ issues and representation. She has been active in her community, providing peer support and help with outreach.

Outside of work, she enjoys yoga and Japanese contemporary literature.

Tim Hillyer

Finance Director

Tim started at Two Temple Place in August 2018 following 9 years in a comparable role at a similar sized charity. He is a qualified Management Accountant (FCMA) and worked previously as Finance Director and Operations Director in the retail sector, print media and sport. He is currently an elected member of the supervisory board of a League One football club.