Meet our Trustees...

 

Julia Kauffman (Chair)

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Julia Kaufmann OBE (Chair)

Julia was the first CEO of the BBC Children in Need Appeal and for 13 years she dedicated herself to ensuring that the bulk of the funds were spent on supporting small charities throughout the UK. She was previously the CEO of Gingerbread, the self help association for one parent families, where she was very conscious of the tendency for small charities to be elbowed aside by the larger and better connected ones. Julia now works as a freelance consultant with small charities, her fees being paid by the grant making trusts that fund them. She also sits on the grant making committee of a large funder and has been a trustee/chair for a number of small charities over the years.

Julia’s experience, at Children in Need, of reading thousands of grant applications a year, made her aware of just how much support many small charities need with their project planning, governance, fundraising strategies and grant applications. That is what led her to work with them and then drew her to the Small Charities Coalition, first as a volunteer mentor, and now as a trustee.

 

Judith Miller (Treasurer)

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Judith Miller (Treasurer)

Judith is a Chartered Accountant. What gets her out of bed in the morning is the desire to demystify finance for others. She is a partner in Sayer Vincent, a firm set up about 30 years ago to work specifically with charities and social enterprises. Judith joined Sayer Vincent after training with KPMG and working for them in the UK and Germany.

Judith has sat on the board of a grant maker and chaired its audit committee, as well as spending a number of years as a trustee of a charity working in the area of learning disability. Her day job ranges from accounting, audit and tax issues through to governance. She sees the role of the financial professional as one of an “interpreter”.

Peter Barrow

Peter Barrow

Peter retired in 2015 from a lifelong career at professional services firm PwC, during which time he was responsible for a number of the firm’s major client relationships, and led teams and networks, small and large, both within the UK and globally.

Taking early retirement has allowed Peter to pursue his interests in the charitable sector. He is an active trustee of a number of small charities. He also acts as a volunteer mentor under Small Charities Coalition’s skills matching service. Having found its services invaluable himself, Peter jumped at the chance to become a trustee at Small Charities Coalition when the opportunity came up.

As a qualified chartered accountant, Peter brings strong financial and business skills; his recent work has also given him first-hand experience of the challenges many small charities face in relation to fundraising, strategy and governance.

Peter is married and lives in Eastbourne, East Sussex. Pastimes include walking (with and without the dogs), dancing (badly), studying for a Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and keeping up with the lives of 4 adult children.

 

Madeleine Cassidy

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Madeleine Cassidy

Madeleine Cassidy is Chief Executive Officer of the Brazelton Centre UK, which is a registered charity that works to support parents in understanding how their babies communicate. Madeleine joined the charity in October 2017, having been Chief Executive of a UK based disability charity for 12 years. She has a post-graduate Diploma in Marketing and a Masters Degree in Voluntary Sector Management.

Her background lies in Brand Marketing, as a Senior Marketing Manager for household food brands, working specifically in campaign planning, television advertising and new product development and research. She is a Chartered Marketer and a member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Madeleine is very passionate about promoting charities; especially small, local organisations. She has established a consultancy named “Charities in Focus” to specifically support small charities and community groups. As a trustee, Madeleine offers the Board her experience and knowledge of charity management, marketing, service development, partnership-working and governance expertise. When not working, Madeleine is busy mum of three daughters and her passions include travel and photography.

Suzane King

Dr Suzanne King

Suzanne is a freelance social researcher who specialises in the area of science policy, especially issues around the relationship between science and the public. This includes research into public attitudes to science, science education, training and employment in science and the economic and social impact of science funding. She works with many public sector organisations and charities that need to understand public views or evaluate their work.

After some years as a researcher in central government for the Department of Employment and the commercial sector at IPSOS RSL (now IPSOS MORI) she joined the Wellcome Trust in 1996, leaving in 2000 to establish her own science policy consultancy with a colleague. This company closed in 2011 but the experience gave Suzanne insights into the pressures on small organisations committed to high quality delivery.

Suzanne’s relationship with the Small Charities Coalition began when she volunteered to support the Coalition’s policy work and she has provided briefings to the CEO and drafted submissions to several Government consultations on issues of concern to small charities. She has also analysed data on small charities donated by NCVO which has informed the staff and helped build engagement with the Office for Civil Society and the Third Sector Research Centre at Birmingham University.

 

Steven Kirkpatrick

Steven Kirkpatrick

Steven Kirkpatrick has worked in the Recruitment Industry for 20 years running major Corporations both globally and within the U.K. He brings experience within the business services sector and is heavily people focused. 

He has joined Small Charities Coalition both to learn about the Charitable Sector as well as find out how his experience and skill set can help in our development.
A family man, he and his wife have three children and he also enjoys the Ryder Cup.

 

Kirsty Marrins

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Kirsty Marrins

Kirsty Marrins is a Digital Communications Consultant, helping charities, businesses and individuals in the Digital world. Kirsty started her career in Finance but soon moved on to her first post in the charity sector at Dementia UK. Kirsty has also worked for Aspire, Trinity College London and JustGiving before turning her hand to consultancy where she has worked with a number of charities

Kirsty is passionate about small charities and set up the Sole Communicators Group with CharityComms in 2012. She is also an accredited trainer for organisations such as the Media Trust and Platypus Digital, presents at conferences and is a regular columnist for Third Sector's Digital Hub.
When she is not working Kirsty enjoys travelling and eating out and blogs about her experiences on What Kirsty did next.

 

Ciaran Price

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Ciaran Price

Ciaran is the Policy Officer at the Directory of Social Change, and works to create an enabling environment in which small charities can thrive and be as effective for their beneficiaries as possible. Before joining DSC, he worked almost entirely in the voluntary sector in Ireland and Rwanda for small organisations helping migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. 

Ciaran has an MA in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of York and a background in international relations. He aims to help SCC as a trustee by contributing knowledge and skills in the area of voluntary sector policy, governance, charity law and campaigning.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Alex is currently a Business Development Manager for CEB, a global advisory company which works with thousands of senior leaders to help them transform their corporate functions. Prior to taking the leap into the private sector, Alex worked for non-profits and in his last role served as Head of Operations for Education Support Partnership - a charity promoting and supporting the needs of professionals in the education sector. On top of this, Alex has served as a trustee for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the UK. 

Alex is looking to share his experiences about how membership organisations can enhance the value they provide to their members, as well as how to stay relevant as needs grow and change. 
Alex is a keen gym goer and boxer, enjoys walking in the countryside and travelling.

 

 


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