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Trustees

Our trustees delegate the day-to-day running to the chief executive, in line with the relevant policies and procedures developed and agreed by the board.

David Warner
Chair

David has a long career of building relationships that create change across civil society.

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David Warner
Chair

David has over 30 years experience of working in civil society, starting as a front-line support worker working with the homeless through to running a multi-million pound national charity.

A network weaver, David has extensive experience of bringing together and creating alliances of usual and unusual suspects to create change and make action happen. Through investing heavily in network and relationship building, the resulting alliances have profound impact and outcomes.

David is a Trustee of Coast & Vale Community Action (CAVCA – the local infrastructure organisation in North East Yorkshire), Trustee & Chair of the Finance Committee at Toynbee Hall in East London, Trustee of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and Chair of Engines Orchestra.

Sahil Khan

Sahil has a long standing interest in community development, youth work and social innovation.

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Sahil Khan

Sahil Khan is Director of Community Investment at Catalyst . Prior roles include Head of Community Investment at Southern Housing Group and Head of Community Development at Origin housing.

Sahil has a long standing interest in community development, youth work and social innovation.

Nicola Pollock

Nicola has had a long career in grantmaking and supporting the goals of voluntary organisations.

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Nicola Pollock

Nicola has had a long career in grantmaking and charitable and voluntary sector, most recently with independent funder John Ellerman Foundation where she developed the strategic direction of the Foundation and advised on governance and grant making.

She has a background in providing, developing and supporting advice services and policies at national, regional and local level, before joining the newly formed National Lottery Charities Board, when she was based in the North East of England.

Nicola has previously worked for Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is Chair of the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action, Director of the The Oversight Trust and a trustee of London Football Journeys and SASC Trust.

Miatta Fahnbulleh

Miatta has a wealth of experience in developing and delivering policy to empower communities and change lives.

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Miatta Fahnbulleh

Miatta is Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation. She has been at the forefront of generating new ideas on reshaping our economy inside government and out.

Prior to joining NEF she was a political advisor to the Leader of the Opposition and led on the development of policies ranging from local economic growth to housing, energy and climate change. Before this, she spent eight years at senior levels in the Cabinet Office, including as Head of the Cities Policy Unit and Deputy Director at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

 

 

Jeannette Lichner

Jeannette is an independent non-executive director, business strategy and corporate governance advisor and executive coach.

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Jeannette Lichner

Jeannette’s career began as an Auditor and Certified Public Accountant with Price Waterhouse in New York City. Shortly after moving into banking she relocated to the UK in 1984, where her financial services career included roles in many corporate functions.

In 2010 Jeannette moved into consulting, advising clients on corporate governance, risk management and regulatory matters. She is involved in the government’s Inspiring the Future Programme and the Young Money and Financial Education Forum.

Karen Mellanby

Karen has 25 years experience of working in the voluntary and community sector.

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Karen Mellanby

Karen is currently a Director at Mind, the mental health charity. She is responsible for the direction, management and development of the Networks and Communities department, leading a team of over 90 people to deliver a multi million pound portfolio of community mental health services and programmes and to lead strategy, development and relationships with the £120m affiliated network of 127 independent local Minds providing services and support across England and Wales.

Prior to joining Mind in 2013, Karen worked at Locality as Director of Programmes, overseeing a range of high profile national programmes to support effective community led development and enterprise.

Peter Mills

Peter has been a consultant in brand, design and communications for 30 years.

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Peter Mills

Peter is co-owner of award-winning brand strategy and design consulting firm, Brand Ethos, working with UK and international organisations looking to make a positive difference in the world. He has over 30 years’ experience in design, communications and brand.

He has worked with the NHS, central and local government, leadership development and improvement bodies, think tanks, universities, the BBC, charities, social enterprises and purposeful businesses.

He is a member of the RSA and Chartered Institute of Public Relations, on the advisory board of The Information Standard and has been a business mentor for the Design Business Association’s Twenty/Twenty programme.

Caroline Macfarland

Caroline works to strengthen civil society and public life through strategic policy design and communications.

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Caroline Macfarland

Caroline Macfarland is the founder and director of Common Vision, an independent think tank specialising in deliberative dialogue and public engagement around thorny social issues. She has a background in strategic policy design and communications and has worked with a number of national charities and foundations on building resilience in the civil society sector, community-building and place-based funding models.

Previously in her career Caroline was a founding team member of the foundation Power to Change, a special advisor to the Big Lottery Fund, and managing director of the ‘big society’ think tank ResPublica.

Rich Wilson

Rich has a background in policy and intervention aimed at improving the social sector.

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Rich Wilson

Rich is a Director of Osca and has been in post since 2012. He is currently working as an adviser to the WHO and until 2015 he was a UN Adviser working in the Middle East.

In 2004 Rich was appointed as the first director of the charity Involve, which became a leading centre for public participation research, innovation and policy-making. He is a people power specialist and has written many publications on the subject.

Rich regularly blogs for the Guardian and is a Clore Social Fellow. His latest publication ‘Good and Bad Help’ has initiated a major programme of work on public service reform and social action.

Rosie Chapman

Rosie was appointed by the National Lottery Community Fund in 2018 as ‘Protector’ to oversee the governance of the Big Local Trust.

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Rosie Chapman

Rosie is a consultant providing advice on governance and regulatory issues to charities, not-for-profits and public bodies. She was formerly Director of Policy and Effectiveness at the Charity Commission, a role she held for ten years, and previously worked for the housing regulator. She is a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute.

Rosie is the independent chair of the Charity Governance Code steering group, which oversees the best practice standards for the sector.

She is currently a trustee of London Marathon Charitable Trust and Amnesty International Charity Limited.