This page will be updated in the coming weeks as we finalise the line-up.
Ruth Lesirge, Chair of the Association of Chairs
Ruth is an experienced voluntary sector leader, previously chief executive of a national welfare services organisation (Eldercare) and a policy and action research foundation (mental health and learning disability).
A Trustee of London Film School and Bishopsgate Institute, Ruth has 35 years’ experience of work within the public and third sectors, including a previous career as Principal of an adult and community education service.
Ruth has been an independent consultant since 2002 and co-Principal of HBRL Consultancy, as well as founder (2012) and Chair (2015) of the Association of Chairs. These experiences a well as previous leadership roles as a chief executive in he charity and education sectors inform her practice and her ability to support senior executives to enable them to build the capacity and skills of their organisations.
Rosie Chapman, Chair of the Charity Governance Code Steering Group
Rosie has a governance and regulatory background, including Director of Policy & Effectiveness at the Charity Commission for ten years, senior roles in housing regulation, and as company secretary for a range of housing associations and charities.
Rosie now works as an adviser to charities on governance, regulatory, policy and planning issues.
She acted as specialist adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on charities, which reported its findings in spring 2017. Rosie is also the independent chair of the Charity Governance Code Steering Group which oversees and promotes the Code.
In 2014 Rosie acted as Secretary to NCVO’s influential Inquiry into charity senior executive pay.
Rosie is currently a trustee of the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Amnesty International Charity Limited and is a former trustee of the Charity Finance Group. Rosie is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Jenny Field, Deputy Director, City Bridge Trust
Jenny has been the deputy chief grants officer of the City Bridge Trust since February 2010. She has worked at the City Bridge Trust since 1996, initially leading the Trust’s monitoring and evaluation team.
She has extensive experience of the third sector and, prior to joining the Trust, was the grants officer at the Walcot Foundation. Before that she had worked in a variety of community development projects and legal advice services. She became a trustee of the Charities Evaluation Services in October 2009 and became its vice chair in March 2013.
Gilly Green OBE, Head of UK Grants, Comic Relief
Gilly is Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief where she is responsible for the development and delivery of the UK Grants strategy and a member of the organisation’s senior management team. She originally trained as a social worker, and prior to Comic Relief Gilly has worked in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors with families, young women, and homeless people. Her combined experience stretches 35 years. In a voluntary capacity, Gilly is a director of a newly formed CIC, Tonic Housing – looking at innovation in housing and care services for older LGBT people. She was awarded an OBE for services to domestic violence in 2007.
Morning workshops, to be held in parallel
(i) Legal updates
Andrew Studd, Partner, Russell-Cooke
Andrew leads Russell-Cooke’s specialist Charity and Social Business team. He advises charities and not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of constitutional and governance matters, commercial contracts, mergers and reorganisations.
He continues to advise a number of charities on governance issues linked to charities’ fundraising practices and the use of personal data, in particular in relation to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation next year.
Andrew sat on the Finance and Audit Committee of Care International UK for 9 years. He is currently a trustee of Desta Consortium, a social enterprise established by a number of voluntary organisations based in Hammersmith & Fulham to act as a vehicle to enable the local voluntary sector to compete for public sector contracts, and Seebeyondborders UK, a charity which supports the development of teachers in Cambodia.
(ii) Civil society support
Sharon Long, Hub Lead, Greater London Volunteering
Sharon has recently taken up the Hub Lead role at Greater London Volunteering (GLV), working to bring the vision of The Way Ahead into reality and in particular the creation of the new London Hub for civil society. Sharon has worked extensively in the voluntary and community sector in local, regional and national capacities. Prior to joining GLV, Sharon provided national support around teenage pregnancy, facilitated external evaluations on a range of health and community development programmes and managed a number of voluntary sector organisations. Sharon splits her time between GLV, Partnership for Young London and a major national membership organisation working with children, young people and families.
(iii) Masterclass on charity finance
Denise Fellows, Chief Executive, The Honorary Treasurers Forum
Denise became part-time chief executive of The Honorary Treasurers Forum in June 2010. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for many years after an earlier career in high tech companies which included European director of an internet services company.
Since 2005 she has headed up the Consultancy and Talent Development practice in the Centre for Charity Effectiveness in Cass Business School. Through her work both in Cass CCE and the Forum she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within the complex and challenging environment in which charities operate, helping leaders and organisations in the sector be more effective. Denise is a founder liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.