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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Don Bawtree

Don Bawtree

BDO LLP
Don Bawtree heads up accountancy firm BDO not for profit unit unit and has specific responsibility for larger and national clients. He is a charity sector expert with 20 years experience in the sector with...

Geetha  Rabindrakumar

Geetha Rabindrakumar

Social sector leader, Big Society Capital from 2013
Geetha Rabindrakumar joined Big Society Capital in the new role of social sector leader in 2013. She was previously finance director at Scope and led on the establishment of one of the charity's first social...

Kate Rogers

Kate Rogers

Client director
Kate Rogers is chair of the Charity Investors' Group and client director at investment house Schroders. She is also fund manager of the Charity Multi-Asset Fund, a common investment fund targeting RPI plus...

Stephen Pidgeon

Stephen Pidgeon

Stephen Pidgeon is a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising, a consultant and visiting professor of direct response fundraising at the University of Plymouth.    In over 25 years of agency...

Roberta  Doyle

Roberta Doyle

Director of external affairs, National Theatre of Scotland
Roberta Doyle is director of external affairs with the National Theatre of Scotland. She previously held the same role for Scottish Opera and was director of public affairs with the National Galleries of...

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...

Lynda  Thomas

Lynda Thomas

Director of fundraising, Macmillan Cancer Support from January 2012
Lynda Thomas is the chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support. She was originally named as the organisation's interim chief executive in November 2014. She had joined the charity in 2001 as head of media...

Josie Gowler

Josie Gowler

College accountant, Newnham College, University of Cambridge
Josie Gowler FCA is college accountant for Newnham College, University of Cambridge. Josie has nearly 20 years of accountancy experience across the full range of accountancy and audit roles. After qualifying...

Alison Hopkinson

Alison Hopkinson

Alison qualified as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse Coopers and became the finance director for Tearfund in June 2011. Previously, Alison was the finance director for Dell France and various...

Ken Olisa

Ken Olisa

Chairman, Shaw Trust from October 2013
Ken Olisa was appointed as chair of the Shaw Trust in October 2013. He is a director of Thomas Reuters and is on the board of the Institute of Directors as a non-executive director.On leaving Cambridge...

Andy Mahon

Andy Mahon

Partner at BDO and head of government consultancy team, BDO LLP
Andy Mahon is a partner in BDO’s management consulting practice and leads the government advisory team.  Andy is a CIPFA qualified accountant.  For most of his career he has  focused...

Robert Ashton

Robert Ashton

Consultant and social entrepreneur
Robert Ashton is a social entrepreneur, campaigner and author. Robert is a vice patron of Norfolk Community Foundation and chairs Human Library UK CIC. 

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