• Speakers

    Alice Beveridge

    Training Director and Speaker, Tree of Knowledge

    Psychologist, teacher, director and keeper of chickens Alice brings a wealth of knowledge, personal experience and energy to everything she delivers. Alice is one of only a handful of people around the world who has successfully achieved a Master of Science in Applied Positive Psychology. As a positive psychologist she challenges the way people see themselves. She has a true passion for helping people realise that they are in control of their lives and by introducing people to a range of positive psychology theories and interventions, through fun and laughter, Alice helps them to truly ignite their spark.

    Dr Jerome Booth

    Chair, UK Community Foundations

    Jerome is a well-known economist with substantial board experience in both the charity and private sectors. He has been a supporter of the Essex Community Foundation for some years. He is Chairman of Anglia Ruskin University. He also chairs the Britten Sinfonia and has been Chairman of the Fitzwilliam Museum Development Trust.
    In his childhood his mother was a trustee and then senior staff member of Oxfam and much of his career has been focussed on developing countries.  He was a co-founder of asset manager Ashmore, and before that worked in academia briefly, and then in Washington for the Inter-American Development Bank.

    Deborah Ellwood

    President and CEO, CFLeads

    Deborah believes that community foundations are uniquely positioned to be vital partners in building strong communities and is passionate about helping the field be all it can be. As President and CEO of CFLeads, she guides the strategic direction of the organization and builds alliances that help community foundations deepen their impact. Since Deborah joined the organization in December of 2009, she and the CFLeads team have developed and refined highly successful and popular learning opportunities, uncovered and promoted important community leadership practices, and substantially increased the number of organizations that engage with and invest in CFLeads.

    Deborah has a broad background as an advocate, policy analyst, grantmaker, fundraiser and community builder. She served as both a board and staff leader during 10 years with Rochester Area Community Foundation (Rochester, NY), setting strategies that led to greater partnerships, more focused grantmaking and deeper community impact. While at the foundation, she founded a children’s advocacy organization, launched a successful community-wide after-school alliance and led many other community initiatives.

    Fabian French

    CEO, UK Community Foundations

    Fabian French joined UKCF as Chief Executive in March 2015, after spending 5 years as Director of Fundraising and Retail at Marie Curie Cancer Care. Prior to joining the not-for-profit sector, Fabian worked in investment banking, holding a number of senior posts at both Kleinwort Benson and Merrill Lynch. Fabian has a degree in Modern Languages and Law from Cambridge University and is a qualified solicitor. He lives in Oxfordshire and is a keen sailor.

    Sara Llewellin

    CEO, Barrow Cadbury

    Sara Llewellin is the Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust in the UK.  Her career has included 10 years as Deputy Director of the City of London’s largest foundation.  Before that, she had a career in operating charities including Chief Executive of St Giles Trust in London and ran a network of women’s refuge provision in South London.  She is a member of the Governing Council and Management Committee of the European Foundation Centre, Chair of the European Foundation Council’s Diversity, Migration and Integration Network, Board member of Charity Bank and has served on a number of other national Boards.  Her background is in activism, particularly in the domestic violence movement and in local social enterprise and community family provision. 

    Sally Magnusson

    Conference Chair

    Sally Magnusson is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who has presented a wide range of programmes for the BBC from current affairs and politics to news and religion.  Her career began on The Scotsman and Sunday Standard and presenting Breakfast News in London for several years. She currently anchors the daily news programme Reporting Scotland and is the author of several books. 

    She is the founder and chair of Playlist for Life, a charity which encourages access to personalised music on iPods for people with dementia to help them reconnect with their memories and their loved ones.  Her bestselling memoir about her mother, Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything, has been credited with improving knowledge and understanding of this widespread brain condition.

    Caroline Thomson


    Caroline Thomson is the chair of Digital UK, the body which is responsible for digital terrestrial television. She is also Chair of Oxfam GB. She is a non-executive director of VITEC plc (and chair of the remuneration committee) and a trustee of Tullie House Gallery in Cumbria and The Conversation.

    In the arts world, Caroline stepped down as deputy chair of the National Gallery and retired as Executive Director of English National Ballet in 2016. She remains a trustee of the ENB.

    Originally a journalist, until 2012 Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at the BBC — having served twelve years as a member of the Executive Board. As COO, she was the Deputy Director General. She has an honorary degree from the University of York and is an honorary fellow of the University of Cumbria.