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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Helen Baker

Helen Baker

Chair, Dimensions from September 2013
Helen Baker took over from Geoff Rose as chair of Dimensions, a support charity for people with learning disabilities in September 2013.Baker became non-executive director of Dimensions in 2013 where she...

Mark Astarita

Mark Astarita

Director of fundraising , British Red Cross
Mark Astarita joined the British Red Cross as director of fundraising in July 2003, moving from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) where he held the position of deputy chief executive. Since...

Mark  Salway

Mark Salway

Director of social finance, Cass Business School
Mark Salway is the director of social finance at Cass Business School. For seven years, until joining Cass in November 2014, Mark was finance director at Care International UK. His previous roles include...

Diane Sim

Diane Sim

Freelance consultant
Diane Sim is a freelance consultant specialising in research-based projects in financial and professional services. For Charity Finance magazine she has authored the recent annual surveys on banking, fund...

Paul Stein

Paul Stein

Director of Fundraising &Engagaement, MQ: Transforming Mental Health
Paul joined MQ in 2014 to take up the newly created role of director of fundraising & engagement.He began his career at Macmillan Cancer Support, progressing to Greater London area fundraising manager,...

Ian Allsop

Ian Allsop

Freelance columnist
Ian Allsop is a freelance journalist and editor specialising in not-for-profit management and financial issues. He was editor of Charity Finance between 2004 and 2009 and has worked in and around the voluntary...

Rohan Hewavisenti

Rohan Hewavisenti

Group director of resources, RNIB
Rohan Hewavisenti has been group director of resources at RNIB since April 2015. He had previously worked at the British Red Cross as director of finance and business development. He has extensive non-profit...

Dr Robina Chatham

Dr Robina Chatham

Managing Director, Robina Chatham Ltd
Dr Robina Chatham has over 30 years’ experience in IT. Positions that she has held range from project manager within the shipbuilding industry, to European CIO for a merchant bank and lecturer at...

Andrew O'Brien

Andrew O'Brien

Head of policy and public affairs, Charity Finance Group from January 2015
Andrew O’Brien is head of policy and public affairs for the Charity Finance Group. He was previously senior policy offer at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and before that worked...

Andrew Purkis

Andrew Purkis

Andrew Purkis OBE is a trustee and former chair of ActionAid and until July 2010 was a board member of the Charity Commission.  He is a consultant in the sector who has previously been chair of the...

Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee is professor of voluntary sector management at Cass Business School and course leader for its post-graduate diploma in charity marketing and fundraising.He joined Cass in early 2011 after...

Lisa Clavering

Lisa Clavering

Digital fundraising manager, Anthony Nolan
Lisa Clavering is a senior direct marketing executive at Breakthrough Breast Cancer. She has worked in the charity sector for more than seven years, for the most part directly in fundraising, with a stint...

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