Who's Who

WWAccording to the Charity Commission, the charity sector Searchemploys 754,411 full-time equivalent staff and uses the services of an estimated 2.2 million volunteers, including more than 842,000 trustees, though there are still 21,400 trustee positions unfilled.

This section provides short profiles of some of the individuals who help to make civil society the unique and dynamic sector that it is.

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Diane Lightfoot

Diane Lightfoot

Diane Lightfoot has 14 years’ experience of communications and marketing, including 12 years in the voluntary sector.  Diane joined United Response as director of communications and fundraising...

John Tate

John Tate

Accountant and entrepreneur
John Tate is a qualified accountant and entrepreneur. He is a columnist for Charity Finance, a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School's Centre for Charity Effectiveness and Trustee of Eduserv. He also...

Simon Hopkins

Simon Hopkins

Finance director, British Heart Foundation from 2010
Simon Hopkins joined the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as finance director in January 2010. Prior to this he was director of financial planning and analysis at HM Revenue and Customs for almost three years,...

Gareth  Germer

Gareth Germer

Depurty director, transition, Samaritans
Gareth is deputy director, transition, at Samaritans.Previously he was head of property & risk at the NSPCC, where he led the Society’s major change programme which significantly reduced and refocused...

Jason Baldaro

Jason Baldaro

Global procurement and facilities manager, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO)
Jason Baldaro is global procurement and facilities manager at VSO.He has been with VSO for over 5 years, working initially as project and contracts manager for the facilities team but moving into the area...

Caron Bradshaw

Caron Bradshaw

Chief executive, Charity Finance Group
Caron Bradshaw is chief executive of the Charity Finance Group. Bradshaw is a trained lawyer who was previously head of charities and the voluntary sector at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England...

Dorothy Dalton

Dorothy Dalton

Editor, Governance
Dorothy Dalton is editor of Governance magazine and a governance expert. She was the first chief executive of Acevo, holding the position from 1992 to 2000. She also founded the Network of Women Chairs...

Kate Sayer

Kate Sayer

Kate Sayer is a partner at Sayer Vincent and has been with the firm for over 20 years, after qualifying as a chartered accountant and experience with an international firm of accountants. She is the engagement...

Tesse Akpeki

Tesse Akpeki

Lawyer, chartered secretary, coach and mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution
A lawyer, chartered secretary, coach, facilitator and accredited Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution mediator. She has served as an equal opportunities commissioner, a consultant with OnBoard and is...

Lucy Caldicott

Lucy Caldicott

Director of fundraising, Clic Sargent
Lucy Caldicott is director of fundraising at children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent. She started her career as a graduate trainee for American Express, where she stayed for five years. She then moved...

David Mears

David Mears

David Mears is a partner in the charity team at Russell-Cooke LLP 

David  Davison

David Davison

Head of public sector, charities and not-for-profit, Spence & Partners
David is a director at Spence & Partners Actuaries and Dalriada Trustees. He performs the role of a professional pension scheme trustee and specialises in providing pensions advice to charities and...

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