Staff

Sara Llewellin

Chief Executive

Sara Llewellin is Chief Executive and therefore responsible, with the Board of Trustees, for the strategic direction and social justice impact of the Trust. Sara is on the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre, and is a non-executive director of Charity Bank and serves on its Credit Committee. Sara was formerly at the City Bridge Trust for a number of years and before that was the Chief Executive of St Giles Trust in South London. Her background is in social justice activism.
Sara says: “ It is an extraordinary privilege to lead an organisation which works to create structural change. Our trustees and staff are all driven by our common values and a shared optimistic vision for the future.”

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Sara Llewellin

Chief Executive

Sara Llewellin is Chief Executive and therefore responsible, with the Board of Trustees, for the strategic direction and social justice impact of the Trust. Sara is on the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre, and is a non-executive director of Charity Bank and serves on its Credit Committee. Sara was formerly at the City Bridge Trust for a number of years and before that was the Chief Executive of St Giles Trust in South London. Her background is in social justice activism.
Sara says: “ It is an extraordinary privilege to lead an organisation which works to create structural change. Our trustees and staff are all driven by our common values and a shared optimistic vision for the future.”

Jessica Brown

Social Investment Infrastructure Fund Manager

Jessica Brown is the Social Investment Infrastructure Fund Manager. Jessica has responsibility to develop and deliver the infrastructure fund to strengthen and diversify the social investment market, which the Trust manages in partnership with the Access Foundation. Jessica has experience in social investment, community finance and grant-making, having worked in leadership roles across social enterprises and charitable trusts in the UK and abroad. Jessica says: “I am very pleased to work with such a well-respected Trust to advance its advocacy and leadership in building the social investment market, and to ensure the market robustly meets the needs of the voluntary sector.”

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Jessica Brown

Social Investment Infrastructure Fund Manager

Jessica Brown is the Social Investment Infrastructure Fund Manager. Jessica has responsibility to develop and deliver the infrastructure fund to strengthen and diversify the social investment market, which the Trust manages in partnership with the Access Foundation. Jessica has experience in social investment, community finance and grant-making, having worked in leadership roles across social enterprises and charitable trusts in the UK and abroad. Jessica says: “I am very pleased to work with such a well-respected Trust to advance its advocacy and leadership in building the social investment market, and to ensure the market robustly meets the needs of the voluntary sector.”

Sohaib Malik

Programmes Officer

Sohaib joined the Trust in October 2015. He previously worked as a Mentor at a Sixth Form in Tower Hamlets, with responsibility for students’ pastoral care and academic interventions. Prior to this, Sohaib worked for youth and community charity The Challenge on the National Citizen Service initiative.
Sohaib says: “Throughout my career I have endeavoured to give young people the cultural capital that they need to succeed. The Trust has an impressive track record in social justice leadership and I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to structural change in society.”

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Sohaib Malik

Programmes Officer

Sohaib joined the Trust in October 2015. He previously worked as a Mentor at a Sixth Form in Tower Hamlets, with responsibility for students’ pastoral care and academic interventions. Prior to this, Sohaib worked for youth and community charity The Challenge on the National Citizen Service initiative.
Sohaib says: “Throughout my career I have endeavoured to give young people the cultural capital that they need to succeed. The Trust has an impressive track record in social justice leadership and I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to structural change in society.”

Rosie Mitchell-Hudson

Operations & Communications Officer

Rosie joined the Trust in May 2017. She is responsible for the smooth running of the office and team, and also supports the Communications Manager with the website, social media, and public and media relations. Previously at the Institute for Philanthropy and then City Philanthropy Rosie has a background in events, engagement and communications in the sector, particularly connecting with young professionals to collaborate and communicate philanthropic activities in the City of London.
Rosie says: “I am incredibly excited about developing my skills and knowledge of the sector. It is a great privilege to be working for the Trust and work towards its vision and mission to create structural change for a more just and equal society.”

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Rosie Mitchell-Hudson

Operations & Communications Officer

Rosie joined the Trust in May 2017. She is responsible for the smooth running of the office and team, and also supports the Communications Manager with the website, social media, and public and media relations. Previously at the Institute for Philanthropy and then City Philanthropy Rosie has a background in events, engagement and communications in the sector, particularly connecting with young professionals to collaborate and communicate philanthropic activities in the City of London.
Rosie says: “I am incredibly excited about developing my skills and knowledge of the sector. It is a great privilege to be working for the Trust and work towards its vision and mission to create structural change for a more just and equal society.”

Mark O'Kelly

Mark O’Kelly

Head of Finance and Administration

Mark joined the Trust in 2011. He is a qualified chartered accountant with over 25 years experience in the voluntary sector. He was previously Finance Director of Childhood First, and has also spent a number of years working for organizations supporting the development of programmes for disabled people around the world, including several years working in Peru.
Mark says: “Having been a great admirer of the work of the Trust (and having raised funds from it in the past), it is a privilege to now be part of it and contribute to achieving change in society. “

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Mark O'Kelly

Mark O’Kelly

Head of Finance and Administration

Mark joined the Trust in 2011. He is a qualified chartered accountant with over 25 years experience in the voluntary sector. He was previously Finance Director of Childhood First, and has also spent a number of years working for organizations supporting the development of programmes for disabled people around the world, including several years working in Peru.
Mark says: “Having been a great admirer of the work of the Trust (and having raised funds from it in the past), it is a privilege to now be part of it and contribute to achieving change in society. “

Clare Payne

Clare Payne

Economic Justice Programme Manager

Clare Payne is the Economic Justice Programme Manager. Her responsibilities include developing proposals with applicants, creating links between grassroots and research and policy work and ensuring that learning is shared and disseminated as widely as possible. Before joining the Trust, Clare was a Development Manager at UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs – where she worked on a range of funding programmes, including UnLtd Sport Relief and a funding scheme in New Deal for Communities areas.
Clare says: “It is important to me that those who are furthest from power have the opportunity to improve their own lives and have their voices heard. The Trust does this by placing the experiences of communities at the heart of its grant making.” Clare is on maternity leave from February 2017.

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Clare Payne

Clare Payne

Economic Justice Programme Manager

Clare Payne is the Economic Justice Programme Manager. Her responsibilities include developing proposals with applicants, creating links between grassroots and research and policy work and ensuring that learning is shared and disseminated as widely as possible. Before joining the Trust, Clare was a Development Manager at UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs – where she worked on a range of funding programmes, including UnLtd Sport Relief and a funding scheme in New Deal for Communities areas.
Clare says: “It is important to me that those who are furthest from power have the opportunity to improve their own lives and have their voices heard. The Trust does this by placing the experiences of communities at the heart of its grant making.” Clare is on maternity leave from February 2017.

Heather Petch

Programme Manager (maternity cover)

Heather Petch is the maternity leave cover for the Migration Programme and for the Economic Justice Programme. Heather's background is in the housing, migration and anti-poverty sector. She ran the Girls Alone Project for young women as well as the Housing Association's Charitable Trust (HACT,) and she is now a freelancer providing support to grant makers, other Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, and public bodies.

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Heather Petch

Programme Manager (maternity cover)

Heather Petch is the maternity leave cover for the Migration Programme and for the Economic Justice Programme. Heather's background is in the housing, migration and anti-poverty sector. She ran the Girls Alone Project for young women as well as the Housing Association's Charitable Trust (HACT,) and she is now a freelancer providing support to grant makers, other Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, and public bodies.

Debbie Pippard

Head of Programmes

As Head of Programmes, Debbie has overall responsibility for delivery of the three funding programmes and also leads on our strategic relationships in Birmingham. She has responsibility for some of our special initiatives, for example chairing the Board of The Foundry social justice centre in Vauxhall, London, funded through social investment from the Trust and others. Prior to joining the trust, Debbie worked for the Big Lottery Fund, ran a charity and worked in the NHS. She is trustee and advisor to several charities.
Debbie says: “My background in activism, health and equalities means that working for the Trust provides the perfect opportunity to put my values into action with a social justice funder”.

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Debbie Pippard

Head of Programmes

As Head of Programmes, Debbie has overall responsibility for delivery of the three funding programmes and also leads on our strategic relationships in Birmingham. She has responsibility for some of our special initiatives, for example chairing the Board of The Foundry social justice centre in Vauxhall, London, funded through social investment from the Trust and others. Prior to joining the trust, Debbie worked for the Big Lottery Fund, ran a charity and worked in the NHS. She is trustee and advisor to several charities.
Debbie says: “My background in activism, health and equalities means that working for the Trust provides the perfect opportunity to put my values into action with a social justice funder”.

Madeleine Rooke-Ley

Madeleine Rooke-Ley

Internal Affairs Manager

As Internal Affairs Manager Maddy’s remit includes executive support, governance and HR. Having started out as a nurse, she has also worked in the private and voluntary sectors. Prior to joing the Trust, she worked at Amadeus Capital Partners, a venture capital company focussing on IT innovation and Director of Operations and HR at Sustainability. Her charity sector experience includes working at the Wishing Well Appeal for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the King’s Fund.
Maddy says: “Apart from working with some amazing people, I feel the Trusts values and Quaker ethos of the Trust resonate with my own beliefs and values”

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Madeleine Rooke-Ley

Madeleine Rooke-Ley

Internal Affairs Manager

As Internal Affairs Manager Maddy’s remit includes executive support, governance and HR. Having started out as a nurse, she has also worked in the private and voluntary sectors. Prior to joing the Trust, she worked at Amadeus Capital Partners, a venture capital company focussing on IT innovation and Director of Operations and HR at Sustainability. Her charity sector experience includes working at the Wishing Well Appeal for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the King’s Fund.
Maddy says: “Apart from working with some amazing people, I feel the Trusts values and Quaker ethos of the Trust resonate with my own beliefs and values”

Max Rutherford

Criminal Justice Programme Manager

Max Rutherford is Criminal Justice Programme Manager. His primary responsibilities are the Trust’s criminal justice policy and research work, supporting related grant-making activities, and developing and implementing the work and recommendations of the Trust’s Transition to Adulthood (T2A) programme. He has worked at the Trust since 2010. He previously worked in policy and research roles related to criminal justice and mental health, both in the voluntary sector and within central government. He serves on a number of boards and committees, including as a member of the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Leadership Board (RR3). He is a trustee of a small brain injury rehabilitation charity.
Max says: “Working at the Trust enables me to make a contribution to achieving social justice at the interface of practice, policy and research, and to act as a broker between those whose voices are rarely heard and those in positions of power.”

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Max Rutherford

Criminal Justice Programme Manager

Max Rutherford is Criminal Justice Programme Manager. His primary responsibilities are the Trust’s criminal justice policy and research work, supporting related grant-making activities, and developing and implementing the work and recommendations of the Trust’s Transition to Adulthood (T2A) programme. He has worked at the Trust since 2010. He previously worked in policy and research roles related to criminal justice and mental health, both in the voluntary sector and within central government. He serves on a number of boards and committees, including as a member of the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Leadership Board (RR3). He is a trustee of a small brain injury rehabilitation charity.
Max says: “Working at the Trust enables me to make a contribution to achieving social justice at the interface of practice, policy and research, and to act as a broker between those whose voices are rarely heard and those in positions of power.”

Diana Ruthven

Diana Ruthven

Communications Manager

Diana is the Communications Manager at the Trust. She is responsible for the Trust’s strategic communications, including website, social media, media relations, publications, and communications support to grantholders. She has more than 20 years experience in the voluntary sector, primarily in the criminal justice and family sector. Prior to working at Barrow Cadbury she worked for eight years in a number of communications and publishing roles at infrastructure and membership organisation Action for Prisoners’ Families. Before that she was Publishing Manager at campaigning charity Prison Reform Trust.
Diana says: “Coming from a career in the voluntary sector, moving to the Trust seemed like a very natural next step. Communicating about the trust’s unique way of working and the far-reaching work we support is challenging and stimulating in equal measures.”

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Diana Ruthven

Diana Ruthven

Communications Manager

Diana is the Communications Manager at the Trust. She is responsible for the Trust’s strategic communications, including website, social media, media relations, publications, and communications support to grantholders. She has more than 20 years experience in the voluntary sector, primarily in the criminal justice and family sector. Prior to working at Barrow Cadbury she worked for eight years in a number of communications and publishing roles at infrastructure and membership organisation Action for Prisoners’ Families. Before that she was Publishing Manager at campaigning charity Prison Reform Trust.
Diana says: “Coming from a career in the voluntary sector, moving to the Trust seemed like a very natural next step. Communicating about the trust’s unique way of working and the far-reaching work we support is challenging and stimulating in equal measures.”

Ayesha Saran

Ayesha Saran

Migration Programme Manager

Ayesha Saran is Migration Programme Manager, managing and actively contributing to the Trust’s research and policy work as well as its grant-making in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining the Trust, Ayesha worked for intergovernmental organisations for eight years, in both the UK and Albania. She also spent some time working as a freelance journalist in London.
Ayesha says: “I feel lucky to be able to work for an organisation with an impressive history of making a difference to people's lives.”
Ayesha is on maternity leave from January 2017.

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Ayesha Saran

Ayesha Saran

Migration Programme Manager

Ayesha Saran is Migration Programme Manager, managing and actively contributing to the Trust’s research and policy work as well as its grant-making in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining the Trust, Ayesha worked for intergovernmental organisations for eight years, in both the UK and Albania. She also spent some time working as a freelance journalist in London.
Ayesha says: “I feel lucky to be able to work for an organisation with an impressive history of making a difference to people's lives.”
Ayesha is on maternity leave from January 2017.

Dorota Szabat-Jovanovac

Finance Officer

Dorota joined the Trust in July 2011. She works with the Head of Finance and Administration on the day to day financial management of the Trust. She previously worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Dorota is a Member of Association of Accounting Technicians and is studying with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants towards her ACCA qualification.
Dorota says: “It is a privilege to work for the organisation with such a long history of leadership in social justice.”

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Dorota Szabat-Jovanovac

Finance Officer

Dorota joined the Trust in July 2011. She works with the Head of Finance and Administration on the day to day financial management of the Trust. She previously worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Dorota is a Member of Association of Accounting Technicians and is studying with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants towards her ACCA qualification.
Dorota says: “It is a privilege to work for the organisation with such a long history of leadership in social justice.”

Sian Williams

London Living Wage intern

Sian has recently joined the Trust as its London Living Wage Intern. She has previous experience in the sector, having interned at an employee-volunteering charity and in the trust and statutory fundraising team at the British Red Cross. She has also worked as a marketing and business development trainee. She says: “I have great respect for the Trust’s commitment to tackling structural inequality and bringing about socially just change. I am excited to be supporting the delivery of the Trust’s new Social Investment Infrastructure Fund”.

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Sian Williams

London Living Wage intern

Sian has recently joined the Trust as its London Living Wage Intern. She has previous experience in the sector, having interned at an employee-volunteering charity and in the trust and statutory fundraising team at the British Red Cross. She has also worked as a marketing and business development trainee. She says: “I have great respect for the Trust’s commitment to tackling structural inequality and bringing about socially just change. I am excited to be supporting the delivery of the Trust’s new Social Investment Infrastructure Fund”.