Carol is responsible to the Board for the leadership and management of ACF, and for ACF’s external relations. Carol leads on the delivery of all of ACF’s strategic objectives, ensuring that ACF supports, advocates, connects and inspires foundations effectively and sustainably. Carol is a Company Director of ACF's trading subsidiary.
Director of Resources
Liz leads on ACF's business planning and delivery and ensures ACF thrives and is sustainable in supporting members over the longer term. She is also responsible for the finance, HR, IT and office management functions. Liz is an experienced charity finance specialist and has 18 years’ experience in a number of charities in a variety of roles including grant-maker, finance director, pension trustee and treasurer. Liz is currently ACF's Company Secretary and a Company Director of ACF's trading subsidiary.
Director of External Affairs
Keiran oversees ACF’s external affairs, policy and communications functions, as well as playing a lead role in strategic development and partnerships. He is responsible for ensuring that key issues receive the profile and impact they require and for advocating on behalf of foundations to government, regulators and other stakeholders. Inspiring foundations to be ambitious and effective in the way they use their resources, Keiran has written and spoken widely about sector issues, sits on the DAFNE Legal affairs Committee and is a co-author of the Foundation Giving Trends series. Keiran is a Company Director of ACF's trading subsidiary.
Head of Learning and Events
Esther is responsible for providing a strategic approach to learning from all of our events and other activities. Esther supports our members in achieving their charitable objectives by leading ACF’s programme of events, including the Professional Development Programme and Annual Conference. Esther also connects foundations to people, organisations, governments and movements relevant to their work through ACF’s networks, and inspiring foundations to be ambitious and effective, for example by leading the Stronger Foundations project.
Dr James Magowan
Northern Ireland Development Officer
James’ role is to help independent charitable trusts from across the UK to fund more effectively in Northern Ireland. He connects foundations to people, organisations, governments and movements in Northern Ireland, and supports foundations in achieving their charitable objectives by providing regional intelligence leading to improved strategic impact.
Senior Membership Manager
Natasha is responsible for supporting foundations in achieving their charitable objectives by delivering individual support and ensuring the organisation builds effective and lasting relationships with its members, as well as developing the membership base to ensure ACF thrives and is sustainable. As part of her role Natasha captures member insight and intelligence to help inform ACF’s programmes of work.
Senior Policy and Communications Officer
Emma’s role is to advocate on behalf of foundations for an enabling policy, legislative and operating environment. This involves proactively engaging with key stakeholders and decision makers, and intervening strategically on issues affecting trusts and foundations. Emma also supports foundations in achieving their charitable objectives by providing information and signposting relevant materials through ACF’s communications channels, and inspires foundations to be ambitious and effective by sharing positive case studies and sharing learning.
Stephanie provides support to the Chief Executive, the Director of External Affairs, the Head of Learning and Events, and the Trustee Board (including elections), and supports foundations in achieving their charitable objectives through her involvement in ACF’s networks and events. Stephanie also plays a role in managing ACF’s resources, ensuring ACF thrives and is sustainable in supporting members over the longer term.
Senior Finance and Database Officer
Natasha is responsible for day-to-day processing, control, and management reporting within the finance function, as well as maintaining ACF’s member database. Natasha plays a role in ensuring that ACF thrives and is sustainable in supporting members over the longer term.