Our team is made up of people from the charity sector and the public sector.

Elizabeth Adebola - Grants Management Officer

Elizabeth is responsible for supporting funded projects in all areas of project and grant management.  She has worked in grant making for a number of years.  She has experience across the voluntary, public and private sectors. Elizabeth has a degree in Accounting and Management from Birkbeck, University of London and a Masters of Law in International Human Rights from University of East London. Previously, Elizabeth was the Monitoring & Compliance Manager at UK Community Foundations and Grants Manager at Hackney CVS. Elizabeth really enjoys her city walking, covering up to 7 miles some days.

Katie Agius - Policy and Research Officer

Katie is responsible for helping to demonstrate the impact of the Trust’s work. She supports research into the Trust’s programmes and engages in policy analysis relating to the wider social determinants of health. Prior to joining the Trust, Katie worked for a health policy consultancy and also a health and humanitarian supply chain consultancy, where she carried out research on the health systems in developing countries as part of several UN-funded projects. She has a BA in Geography from Oxford University and an MSc in Global Migration from University College London. Katie loves to travel and has recently visited Myanmar, Peru and Bolivia.

Piers Atherton - Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Piers is Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive. He’s also the Office Manager and provides secretariat to the Board and Audit and Risk Committee. He has worked in the voluntary sector for organisations including the London Ethnic Minority Deaf Association, Scope, and Action on Hearing Loss. He has a passion for languages, Indian culture, and millinery.

Ian Beason - Grant Programmes Manager

Ian is responsible for the management of the Local People and Local Conversations grant programmes. Before joining the Trust, he worked as a Programme Manager at the Community Development Foundation, managing their Community First and First Steps programmes, supporting small, local community groups.  Prior to that, he worked at vinspired on a youth volunteering programme, and at the Big Lottery Fund on a programme providing sports and outdoor adventure facilities for schools. Ian studied languages and was an English teacher in Madrid.  He is a fan of all things Spanish.

Nicola Brian - Director of Communications, Evaluation and Learning

Nicola is responsible for overseeing the organisation’s communications and evaluation and learning programme. Before joining the Trust she led the multi-acclaimed Parkinson’s UK Brain Donor Appeal as well as the Parkinson’s UK rebrand. She also worked at Action on Addiction for five years, leading communications for a complex merger. Nicola also worked with Cancer Research UK for four years. Nicola likes furniture with a story!

Susan Brown - Grant Programmes Manager

Susan is responsible for the management of the Active Communities grant programme. She has worked in the community and voluntary sector for over 15 years. She has a strong background in grant making having worked for local and national funders such as Nottinghamshire Community Foundation, the Football Foundation and sported. She has also provided grant assessment on a freelance basis for programmes such as Children in Need, Grassroots Grants, and the Local Food Programme. Her lifetime ambition is to learn to play the piano.

Dorothea Eyewumi - Grants Support Officer

Dorothea is responsible for supporting grant submissions and assessing the eligibility of applications. She has worked in the voluntary sector for 12 years, developing and managing funded projects for a women’s charity in Brixton. She has an MBA from Georgia State University, Atlanta and a first degree in Business Administration. She enjoys reading, travelling and would like to find the time to take up a DIY class.

Martine Fitt - Grants Team Coordinator

Martine supports the Grant Programmes team. She has a degree in German and Italian and an MSc in Urban Studies, both from University College London. She has worked in the voluntary sector for eight years and, prior to joining the Trust, was a Learning Coordinator at a debt advice charity, supporting learning and development across the sector. She loves the outdoors and can often be found kayaking, hiking or cycling.

Charlotte Gal - Grants Support Officer

Charlotte is responsible for supporting grant submissions and assessing the eligibility of applications. She has an MSc in Health, Community & Development from London School of Economics and has worked predominantly in the voluntary and international development sectors in the UK, East Africa and Southeast Asia throughout her career. Charlotte recently returned from three years in Uganda where she worked in the fields of HIV/AIDS and capacity development and, prior to joining the Trust, was part of the Programmes and Research & Development teams at Farm Africa in London. Charlotte enjoys travel, live music and cooking with friends.

Natalia Griffiths - Senior Grants Officer

Natalia manages three members of staff who work on the Active Communities Grants Programme and is responsible for the assessment and grant management of funded projects. She has worked in the voluntary sector since graduating from the London School of Economics with an MSc in Development Studies in 2004. Just five short years later, she gained her Bachelor of Law. She has experience of project management, administration and fundraising in two national trade unions, FDA and MiP, as well as for national charity, Changing Faces. Natalia is the Trust’s resident runner and, having completed long and short races, has a triathlon in her sights!

John Hume - Chief Executive

John is responsible for the leadership and day-to-day management of the Trust. He is a member of the Advisory Board for NIHR’s School for Public Health Research, Chair of the Living Wage Friendly Funder Committee for Living Wage Foundation and a member of the Living Wage Advisory Council. John was previously the Deputy Head of Programmes for Big Lottery Fund's £500m health programme, ran his own business for several years and headed up V's £100m corporate match fund programmes. As well as leading operations planning at both Big and the Care Quality Commission, John also worked in learning disability/mental health services, where he set up and ran a community resource centre. John was once the CEO of Graeae Theatre Company and is a big lover of photography.

Stephen Jacobs - Senior Finance Officer

Stephen works within the Finance Team ensuring that our funded projects are paid on time, amongst other things! Prior to working for the Trust, Stephen worked for over 20 years in the public sector in various Government departments, including the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He also worked in the lottery grant giving NDPBs the Millennium Commission and the Big Lottery Fund. Stephen is the award-winning author of “Boris Karloff: More than a Monster” – the authorised biography!

David Jones - Director of Grant Programmes

David oversees the grant-making function at the Trust. Before joining the Trust, David was Grants Director at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity where he ran the £35m grant and investment programmes. He has also worked for Newham Council’s play service, Camden Council’s Social Services Department and the King’s Fund where he managed programmes on health and homelessness and on health advocacy for minority ethnic Londoners. David is a Trustee of the Royal College of Nursing Foundation, and has previously been a Trustee and ‘buddy’ for an HIV/AIDS charity in East London, and a Trustee/Chair of a parenting support charity.

Alex Kearney - Grants Officer

Alex is responsible for assessing applications and supporting funded projects. Alex has a BA in English Language from King’s College London, and an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London. She worked in project coordination and fundraising roles in the international development sector before joining the Trust. She continues to support community development projects abroad in her role as Trustee for a London-based organisation that works in partnership with grassroots groups across Africa. Alex has a passion for travel and has lived in Australia, South Africa and Mexico, where she developed a high tolerance for chilli!

Joel Llewellyn - Communications, Evaluation and Learning Assistant

Joel is responsible for supporting the Director of Communications, Evaluation and Learning as well as the wider Communications, Evaluation and Learning team. He has a BA (Honours) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Kent and, prior to joining the Trust, worked at Free Tibet for a number of years. There he supported the Director and the Board of Trustees, led on member correspondence and edited the supporter magazine. Joel is particularly fond of Italian football, sunny beaches and bad puns.

Donna Marshall - Director of Finance and Operations

Donna is the Director of Finance and Operations and is responsible for the Trust’s financial strategy and reporting, as well as maintaining the smooth running of operational functions, including HR, IT and office facilities. A qualified chartered accountant, she has more than 20 years’ experience in the social housing sector. She worked most recently as Finance and Resources Director at Ability Housing; an organisation which provides housing and support services to people with disabilities or mental health needs. Away from work, Donna enjoys theatre and most kinds of live music, both as audience member and performer.

Sarah McGill - Senior Grants Officer (on maternity leave)

Sarah joined the Trust in July 2015, after working in Belgium for two years in a consulting firm. She has several years of experience in grant-making, having previously worked on grants programmes at the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, as well as undertaking freelance assessment roles for BBC Children in Need. Sarah graduated with a BA (Honours) in European Studies in 2012 and speaks French and Spanish. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, music and visits to theme parks.

Luke Mitchell - Grants Officer

Luke is responsible for assessing applications and supporting funded projects across all of the Trust’s grant programmes. Before joining the Trust, Luke was a community worker in Cambridgeshire as well as in London, where he studied towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Communities, Engagement and Enterprise. In his spare time, Luke enjoys all things nature and goes camping several times a year. He has also recently taken up boxing.

Fiona Mould - Senior Grants Officer  (acting)

Fiona is responsible for assessing applications and supporting funded projects. Since graduating from the University of Nottingham with a BA in Art History she has worked in the voluntary sector for over five years. Before her move to London, Fiona worked for the grants team at Foundation Scotland, a community foundation based in Glasgow that works with community groups across the whole of Scotland. She also volunteered for the Volunteer Tutor Organisation, a charity that provides free one-to-one tutoring for disadvantaged primary and secondary school children in the Glasgow area. Fiona is a keen (but amateur) crafter, ranging from making Fimo fridge magnets to furniture building.

Sarah Nuttall - Communications Manager

Sarah has responsibility for the Trust’s marketing, website and general media enquiries. She has ten years’ experience working for organisations including Arts Council England, Barbican Arts Centre, British Horseracing Authority and as a freelance PR and graphic designer. Sarah has been involved in a number of high profile campaigns with brands such as Walkers and BT, and corporate partnerships with organisations including Godolphin and The Prince’s Trust. Sarah grew up in a desert!

Daniel Pearmain - Evaluation and Learning Manager

Daniel is responsible for managing evaluation and learning at the Trust. He supports the organisation to learn from the communities it works with, and develop evidence about the trust’s impact in reducing health inequalities. Previously, Daniel worked as Research Manager at Community Development Foundation and also worked at Local Trust supporting the development of learning for the Big Local programme. Daniel is interested in individual and community wellbeing. He loves to meditate, travel and is happiest when doing both.

Robyn Pierce - Media Officer

Robyn is responsible for promoting and publicising the work of the Trust and handling media enquiries to the Trust. She has a BA in Politics and is a qualified journalist. Prior to joining the Trust, she worked for a daily regional newspaper and previously led on a number of campaigns including finding alternatives to payday lenders. Robyn loves travelling and has been to Israel, Egypt, India and most of Europe – next on the list is South America.

Vanessa Woo - Grants Administrator

Vanessa provides administrative support to the Grant Programmes team. Before joining the Trust, she was a Grants Administrator at Imperial College Healthcare Charity. She has also worked as a Fellowships Administrator at the Medical Research Council, as PA to the President and Chief Executive of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine and as a Pharmacy Technician at University College London Hospital. Vanessa enjoys travelling. Her last holiday was to South Korea and Japan and she hopes to visit Venice and San Francisco soon.



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