The Fore announces Mike Tye as new Chair and Jerome Misso as Vice-Chair.

January 24, 2022

Mike Tye is joining The Fore as Chair, effective immediately alongside Jerome Misso who fills the newly created role of Vice-Chair. 

The Fore has distributed over £6m in 430 grants and shared over 8,000 hours of skills support to small charities and social enterprises. Mike and Jerome’s appointments mark an exciting new chapter for The Fore. They will work alongside founder and CEO, Mary Rose Gunn, to realise the organisation’s ambitious plans to challenge inequality in the UK. 

Mike Tye

The announcement follows the founding Chair, Rupert Harrison CBE’s, decision to step down after five exciting years.  Mike has driven strategic transformation in some of the largest UK and global hospitality businesses including Costa Coffee and Premier Inn. He currently serves as Chairman of the Big Table restaurant group and Vice-Chair of Prostate Cancer UK. 

Mike said, “The Fore understands the urgency of breaking down barriers for high potential small charities and social enterprises.  The Fore is driving impact and innovation in the sector with its focus on authentic engagement with charities.  I’m deeply honoured to chair this Board in its next period of growth.”

Jerome Misso

Jerome Misso, has been a senior Partner for 20 years at Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s leading Tech Venture Capital firms. Jerome’s experiences of investing in and scaling young tech businesses align closely with The Fore’s mission. 

“This is an exciting time to join the board,” Jerome commented. “The Fore is scaling its ambition to drastically increase unrestricted funding and support to the most innovative social entrepreneurs.  I look forward to supporting this vision and the transformational impact it will achieve.” 

Founder and CEO of The Fore, Mary Rose Gunn 

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike and Jerome to lead the board.  Demand for The Fore’s support from grassroots charities and social enterprises is escalating as inequality in the UK is increasing.  Mike and Jerome’s wealth of experience scaling organisations will be instrumental in ensuring we achieve the greatest possible impact.” 

“I also want to thank our founding chair, Rupert Harrison CBE who has steered us so expertly in our first five years.” 

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