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

Elizabeth Adebola - Partnership 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 and Compliance Manager at UK Community Foundations and Grants Manager at Hackney CVS. Elizabeth really enjoys her city walking, covering up to seven miles some days.

Piers Atherton - Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Piers is Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive, provides secretariat support to the Board, and is also Office Manager. 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.


Elaine Battson - Director of Finance

Elaine is responsible for overseeing the finance and operations functions for the Trust. Before joining the Trust Elaine led not-for-profit finance and operations teams in both Manchester and London, most recently at the British Paralympic Association.  She is a qualified accountant and has Master’s Degrees in Voluntary Sector Management and Women’s Studies. Elaine is an obsessive marathon and ultrarunner and spends most of her weekends on the trails around London.


Holly Beattie

Holly Beattie - Media and Communications Officer 

Holly is responsible for promoting and publicising the Trust’s work across various communication channels. Holly has previously worked in the politics and public services sector in communication roles. She has a BA degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in International Relations. Outside of work Holly volunteers with international NGO’s and enjoys travelling, music and martial arts.


Nicola Brian - Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Nicola is responsible for overseeing the communications and public affairs work for the Trust. 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 likes furniture with a story!

Susan Brown - Head of Grant Programmes

Susan is responsible for the management of the Trust's grant programmes. 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.

Jenny Clark - Grants Team Coordinator

Jenny is responsible for supporting the Grant Programmes team. Previously, Jenny worked in the private sector for a number of years, before moving to the NSPCC and then Hackney Council’s Children and Families service. She has a BSc in Psychology from Roehampton University, and an MSc in Psychology and BA in Classics and Literature from the Open University. Jenny loves travel, theatre and most importantly nail polish!

Lily Davies - Partnership Officer

Lily is responsible for assessing applications and supporting funded projects on the Active Communities programme. She has a background in the arts and the public sector, having worked in both development and delivery organisations, including Arts Council England and as Gallery Manager for a small artist-run space. Prior to joining the Trust, Lily was Arts Partnership Manager in the Public Engagement team at Wellcome, where her role included grant making, project and partnership working. Lily's first love is sewing, but she's also hoping to take a pottery class this year.

Dorothea Eyewumi - Partnership 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 - Partnership Officer

Martine is responsible for supporting grant submissions and assessing the eligibility of applications. 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 - Partnership Officer

Charlotte is responsible for supporting funded partners and reviewing applications for grants in the Active Communities Programme. She has a BSc in Geography from University College London and a MSc in Health, Community & Development from the London School of Economics. Charlotte has worked in the voluntary and international development sectors in the UK, East Africa and Southeast Asia throughout her career. Prior to joining the Trust, she was the Programmes and Research Officer at Farm Africa in London after spending three years in Uganda working with HIV/AIDS service providers. Charlotte enjoys travelling, live music and baking sourdough.

Molly Greasley - Partnership and Learning Officer

Molly is responsible for supporting the Trust’s funded partners, ensuring that we are learning from them and sharing practice with partners and internally. Prior to joining the Trust she was a Project Manager at the National Union of Students, working on a Scottish Government-funded project supporting universities and colleges to improve mental health support for their students. Molly has also worked at Citizens Advice Scotland running a number of projects working with local Citizens Advice Bureaux. Molly enjoys reading classic spy novels, eating chocolate and spending time with her dog.

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. 

Lis Judge - Operations Manager 

Lis is responsible for the day-to-day management of all operations of the Trust which encompasses HR, IT, legal and compliance, office and resource management, risk, customer service, and business development Lis previously worked in HR management for a number of years, and has also worked in Laos supporting civil society development. Since returning to the UK she has worked in the homelessness sector developing strategy, operations and services. Lis has a love of travelling and exploring new cultures, and enjoys theatre and live comedy.

Alex Kearney - Senior Partnerships and Learning Officer (Maternity Leave)

Alex is responsible for supporting the Trust’s funded partners, ensuring that we are learning from them and sharing practice with partners and internally. She has a BA in English Language and an MSc in Development Studies. Before joining the Trust, Alex worked in project coordination and fundraising roles in the international development sector. She is a trustee for a small charity that develops multi-sensory, interactive theatre productions for children receiving hospice care and their families. Alex has lived in Australia, South Africa and Mexico, where she developed a high tolerance for chilli!

Emma Kyte - Administration Assistant

Emma is responsible for providing Administration support across all teams. Prior to working for the Trust, Emma worked within Finance for the British Lung Foundation for seven years before moving to London Councils and working for Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS) and Parking on Private Land appeals (POPLA) as a Senior Administration Assistant. Emma enjoys reading, walking and re-discovering childhood toys with her daughter. 

Joel Llewellyn - Policy and Research Analyst

Joel is responsible for the flow of learning across the Trust, bringing together internal and external evidence to inform organisational programme and policy development. He supports the commissioning and undertaking of research as well as the development of policy around health inequalities in England, Scotland and Wales. Joel has a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations and, prior to joining the Trust, worked at Free Tibet for a number of years. He is fond of Italian football, obscure cookbooks and Poirot novels.

Kirsty Neale - Senior Partnerships and Learning Officer 

Kirsty is responsible for supporting the Trust’s funded partners, ensuring that we are learning from them and sharing practice with partners and internally. Before joining the Trust she was a Community Fund Coordinator for Foundation Scotland and also worked for the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland on place-based grant-making.  Kirsty has an Advanced Diploma in Grant-Making from the University of Derby, focusing on models of citizen participation in decision making. Kirsty also has a MA in Fine Art from the University of Edinburgh. Outside of work Kirsty loves swimming, live music and finding cheap and tasty places to eat!

Daniel Pearmain - Head of Policy and Research

Daniel is responsible for leading policy and research at the Trust. He supports the organisation to learn from the communities it works with while amplifying their voices, alongside developing 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.

Catherine Rennie - Communications and Public Affairs Manager

Catherine is responsible for managing the Trust’s communications and public affairs. She has 16 years experience working across communications, marketing and fundraising in the voluntary sector. She has worked for international development and education charities including Traidcraft Exchange, All We Can and UWC and has an MSc in Development Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. Catherine loves singing, travel and spending time outdoors hiking, running and cycling.

Katie Styles - Senior Partnership Officer

Katie is responsible for the Active Communities programme and manages the Partnership Officers who work with our funded partners. She has worked in the voluntary sector her whole career and has a background in grants fundraising and managing family charitable trusts. Katie loves an adventure, is a regular runner and races on her bike at Herne Hill Velodrome. 


Peter Williams - Network and Communications Officer

Peter is responsible for supporting the Trust's networks, by communicating and sharing practise and learning both externally and internally. Peter has worked in the voluntary sector since graduating from SOAS with a degree in History. Prior to joining the Trust, Peter worked for the Wellcome Trust in the Public Engagement team where he managed an online open platform for public engagement practitioners. He also worked for a small not for profit organisation where he supported Syrian artists living in the Diaspora. Peter loves sports and music and you can find him most Fridays dancing in Brixton.



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