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.

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.

 

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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Bushra Ahmed

In 2011, Bushra found herself having to fight for compensation after her 30 year family business was destroyed by arson in the Croydon Riots. This successful campaign led to becoming locally involved building relationships at a strategic level between local government, police, charities, business and community.

She is a governor for Chestnut Park primary school, a Trustee for the Asian Resource Centre Croydon and Age UK Croydon, sits on the Croydon Stop and Search Community Monitoring Group, is a member of the steering group of the Broad Green Big Local and sits on the IAG for Crystal Palace Football club.

Bushra has served on the Mayor of Croydon’s Fundraising committee and the Manju Shahul Hameed Mental Health Charity committee and has previously been Director of Fundraising for Humanity First, an international disaster relief charity.

Bushra also enjoys her voluntary role at the Baitul Futuh Mosque, conducting visitor tours, especially school groups, to the Mosque for the last 13 years. Bushra is passionate about increasing diversity on Boards and this is what led her to apply for the Trustee position at Small Charities Coalition, where she feels her varied experience can add value to the Board.

 

Nick Evans

Nick Evans

Nick is a Regional face to face Fundraising Manager for the RNLI and has been a passionate fundraiser since 2012 when he worked seasonally while studying Linguistics at Cardiff University. His experience in fundraising includes community, corporate, major gifts, in-memoriam, trusts and business development. Nick stays in fundraising because he loves giving people the experience of investing in a cause that they are aligned with and he stays in Management because developing people and helping them realise their potential is his greatest professional passion.

As an alumnus of the Charityworks graduate scheme and having worked at small charities, Nick understands the current issues facing small charities and has a passion for supporting them which is why he has been a Mentor for SCC since 2016. Nick has experienced the frustrations small charities go through and is excited to provide tools and training that empower small charities to work both independently and collaboratively to have a stronger voice and stake in our sector.

 

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Joyce Fraser

Joyce Fraser is the Founder; Chair of the Black Heroes Foundation, and a Trustee for the Small Charities Coalition. She is a member of the Institute of Fundraising’s (IoF) expert advisory panel on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI); and a member of the IoF’s Black Fundraisers committee. She currently lectures for the Open University Business School.

As an Organisational Development and Change Leadership Senior Manager and Consultant, Joyce has headed up Human Resource Development for Europe for the Australian High Commission, led Technical Training for UK Power Networks, and provided consultancy to EDF Energy, and Transport for London (TFL). The Prime Minister honoured Joyce with the 1024th Point of Light Award for her inspiring voluntary work with the Black Heroes Foundation, which she received at 10 Downing Street in October 2018.

 

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Pauline Roche

Pauline Roche is an award-winning tech connector, do-er and fosterer of skills and knowledge in the West Midlands and beyond as Managing Director of social enterprise RnR Organisation which works to increase the digital and data literacy of small organisations in the voluntary, community & social enterprise sectors.

Pauline received an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Arden University in June 2018. In order to foster openness and collaboration she chairs both the West Midlands Open Data Forum and regional charitable funders group WM Funders Network and is on the Steering group of the Open Data Institute Birmingham node and the organising team for the national Open Data Camp unconference.

Believing in the use of technology for social good, she co-founded and runs both the Net Squared Midlands: tech for social good meetup series and the UK unconference for voluntary sector infrastructure organisations VCSSCamp; for her professional development and the development of other women in tech she is a member of the global community for Women in Tech, Adas List.


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