I am the Founder and CEO of CivSource Africa. CivSource Africa is a philanthropy support organisation that works to influence philanthropic practice in Africa. CivSource Africa supports the growth and strengthening of local philanthropy in Uganda and one of the ways we do this with working with and through community foundations.
CivSource Africa has a grant-making arm called CivFund. CivFund is a cutting edge, feminist fund that resources civil society to address the most pressing social justice issues of our time.
As an explorer, I was lucky to enrich my map of CFs models as a CUNY Fellow and as a “Learning Lab for Changemakers” participant (an ECFI brand).
Based on this larger map, I think this is the time for CFs to be complexity mappers, backbone structures and bottom-up power catalysts. And what can be more valuable, in these times of granular interventions and polarization?
Before joining the sector, I was a civil servant for nine years and held a number of senior policy adviser roles in Government, including work on neighbourhood regeneration and renewal and health improvement.
I’m a trustee of Safety4Sisters and the Equalities Lead for Our Manchester Forum. I’m a Yorkshire-born, honorary Mancunian with Kiwi heritage and a lover of Irn Bru!
I am an Innovation Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Consultant at Apteligen. I support nonprofit and public sector organisations to use data to achieve their strategic aims. This encompasses a wide range of activities, from co-creating data strategies to advising on specific areas of data collection and use. I also undertake programme and strategy design and evaluation, and user and stakeholder research. I have a PhD from the University of Birmingham which looks at the use of spatial data by nonprofit organisations in the UK and have researched and worked with a wide range of UK nonprofit organisations.
I have over 10 years’ experience in policy, research and strategy roles covering connecting issue areas such as the empowerment of young campaigners, LGBTQIA+ rights, climate justice, racial justice and much more.
I’ve worked with and for community organisations in Indonesia, Australia and London for twenty years, before returning to Devon. I’m a passionate advocate for research capacity outside of universities, and for the value of qualitative research in informing policy and practice.
I am currently Director, Philanthropy at Toronto Foundation where I’m responsible for the development and management of the new business portfolio. I focus on helping individuals, families, professional advisors, companies and charities engage in more strategic philanthropy.
I’ve been with Toronto Foundation for 10 years and before that, I worked at United Way Toronto for 5 years and in the private sector, with GE Healthcare in Medical Sales for 4 years.
I have over 20 years’ experience working on a wide range of issues including healthcare; environmental, racial, and economic justice; and LGBTQ+ rights. I have been recognised for my work building high-functioning teams that deliver consequential results for their organisations.
Prior to joining SVP, I was the Western Regional Director at Working America, AFL-CIO, where I led teams of staff, stakeholders, and volunteers in a multi-state region.
As President of UKCF, I am an advocate and ambassador for the work of UKCF and the community foundation network, both nationally and internationally. I support the UKCF Chair and Chief Executive on all matters of good governance and organisational culture, especially equity, diversity and inclusion.
In 2020 I helped set up Impatience Earth, a philanthropy consultancy offering pro-bono advice to individuals, trusts, foundations and corporates looking to give philanthropically in the climate sector, and now works with them as a strategic advisor. I also set up and run a grassroots organisation, Mothers CAN, supporting mothers to take climate action in their local communities. I’m an active impact investor and sit on the board of Aduna.
Prior to Forever Manchester, I ran my own Marketing and Business Consultancy, and was Head of Corporate Marketing at the Co-operative Bank plc. There, I won a Marketing SWOT Award for the launch of Business Direct, the UK’s first telephone banking service for businesses. I am also a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.
I specialise in the management of portfolios for charities, as part of Rathbones’ charity team, as well as managing private clients’ assets including ISAs, SIPPs and trusts.
I’m a CFA charterholder (Chartered Financial Analyst) as well as a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). I’m a member of Rathbones group Stock Selection Committee and chair the Charity Fixed Income and Collectives Committee.
I graduated from Exeter University with a BSc Hons in Economics and Politics, and currently sit on the Charity Stock Selection Committee at Rathbones, as well as the Stewardship Committee.
I’ve also previously worked for the University of Leicester tutoring on a Foundation Degree in Managing Voluntary and Community Organisations. I’m currently a columnist for a local newspaper in Northamptonshire writing about community and social issues and campaigns on local issues such as food poverty.
I enjoy running and regularly take part in 10K’s and Half Marathons.
I’ve contributed to and supported creation and strengthening of civic society organizations on local, regional, national and European level, with experience in developing mission, vision and overall strategy, setting up organizational structures and procedures, positioning towards external partners, personnel selection and crisis management.
At the Trag Foundation we bring together people who believe that small changes can make a big difference. We believe in the desire and ability of citizens to initiate positive change in their communities. By offering them support in the form of both knowledge and resources, we encourage and support their active involvement in improving the quality of life in Serbia. Every day, with joint efforts, we strive to create a fairer and more open society.
I lead WCVA’s work to understand the strategic issues facing the voluntary sector in Wales. Working with colleagues, members and partners to explore how we can collectively achieve WCVA’s vision of a future where voluntary action thrives across Wales, improving wellbeing for all.
I’ve previously worked in government, politics and other charities. My key interest is how we can generate policy and practice to support sustainable wellbeing.
I live in Cardigan in west Wales and loves swimming in the sea.
I believe that local communities have the power and resourcefulness to shape their own development without relying on external aid. My current main interest is to transform ZGF, a largely donor funded organisation, into a local community foundation which can sustain itself with resources available within Zambia.
A background in qualitative research, development and marketing, and a love of working with people to find solutions to issues, have helped me forge strong partnerships with donors of all backgrounds and ages. Inspiring first-time charitable giving and cultivating a new generation of philanthropists is one of the most rewarding elements of working at Wiltshire Community Foundation.
I’m also the Co-lead of Philea’s Imagination, Foresight & Regenerative Futures Community of Practice. I’m on the steering group for Onward’s Social Fabric Programme, the Advisory Group for the Law Family Commission on Civil Society and the Strategy Group of the Funders’ Collaborative Hub. I recently co-authored a new report on System-shifting Design with the Design Council.
In 2017 I was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from CASS Business School and was recognised with an OBE for services to the community in Somerset in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2021.
Prior to joining New Local I led the research and analysis function for the Government’s housing agency, Homes England, and before this have held senior leadership posts at the consultancy, Lichfields, the housing association trade body, the National Housing Federation, and the charity, Shelter.
Last year I co-founded Design Activists for Regenerative Futures (DARF), an international voluntary collective passionate about contributing to more green and just futures.
Previously, I was a Hyper Island Lecturer, Designer and Board Member for the Service Design Network. I address challenges with an ever-evolving, interdisciplinary approach established during my work on the GSofA Master of European Design programme.
Having moved from Belgium to the UK in 2012, I worked in public policy and strategy roles at London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, and co-founded Cobra Collective – a unique social enterprise supporting community owned solutions, working globally to achieve social and environmental change through partnerships and collaboration.