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.

Kevin Sugrue
Chair

Kevin has enjoyed a long history of facilitating successful community based regeneration.

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Kevin Sugrue
Chair

Kevin led the establishment of Renaisi, in 1998, as an independent not-for-profit regeneration company. As chief executive, he developed the company as a market leader in high quality regeneration consultancy services majoring on facilitating community led initiatives through area based funding programmes.

Kevin retired in 2010, having served the regeneration sector for more than 20 years. During that time, Kevin worked as an adviser on strategy and programme delivery to and for national and local government, local strategic partnerships and other agencies and partnerships in the public, private, voluntary and community sectors.

Kevin has also been a member of various cross sector boards and partnerships whose primary purpose has been to support deprived communities.

Sahil Kahn

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

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Sahil Kahn

Sahil Kahn is Head of Community Investment at Catalyst Housing. Prior roles include Head of Community Investment at Southern Housing Group and Head of Community Development at Origin housing and Thames Valley Housing Association.

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 been Director of the John Ellerman Foundation since 2011.

Before joining the Foundation she led on establishing the Social Change programme at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, where she later became Director of Grantmaking.

Nicola has a background in advice work, having worked for national and local Citizens Advice Bureaux and set up a regional money advice service in the North East. When living in Gateshead she worked for the (then) National Lottery Charities Board. She is Chair of the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action, a trustee of the charity London Football Journeys and a director of Big Society Trust.

Bob Thust

Bob has been focused on supporting communities through corporate social innovation, grant-making and consultancy.

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Bob Thust

Bob is co-founder of Practical Governance, a partnership working with businesses, foundations, charities, social entrepreneurs and local community groups to find ways to organise that unleash their social impact rather than constrain it, and to challenge traditional power dynamics. He is also one of the convenors of Losing Control, a network for people who want to let go of power to accelerate social change.

Before that he spent 15 years at Deloitte UK. After leaving Deloitte in 2014, Bob set up a new £150m foundation, the Power to Change Trust, which supports local community-led social businesses across England.

Bob is also an associate of the Social Change Agency who specialise in helping build people-powered social movements and a treasurer of the Bevy, a community-owned pub in Brighton.

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.

David Warner

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

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David Warner

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 Invisible Dust and Chair of Engines Orchestra.

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.

Ben Lee

Ben has two decades’ experience in social policy and community empowerment.

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Ben Lee

In 2011 Ben joined the original consortium that went on to establish Local Trust and has served as a Trustee since its inception. His first roles were as a civil servant developing policy on social housing, aviation, and sustainable development.

Ben then moved to Camden Council where he helped the authority establish more collaborative models for working with local partners, and new ways of measuring the impact of local services.

Since 2004 he has been part of the senior team at the public policy consultancy Shared Intelligence building the company’s work around libraries, culture, peer-learning and action-research. In 2008 he set up the National Association for Neighbourhood Management to continue the work of the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit’s learning networks for neighbourhood-level practitioners in local public services.

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.