ACF Staff

Carol Mack

Chief Executive

Carol is responsible to the ACF Board for the leadership and management of ACF, and for ACF’s external relations. 

Contact Carol directly or via Stephanie below.

Liz Pepler

Head of Resources

Liz leads ACF’s internal resource management ensuring ACF’s financial, personnel and ITC strategies enable the delivery of ACF’s service to members.

Keiran Goddard

Head of External Affairs

Keiran is responsible for ensuring that key issues receive the profile and impact they require both within the sector and with targeted external audiences. He has overall editorial responsibility for the organisation, and a key role in developing partnerships. Keiran has a background in the third sector as well as extensive experience as a journalist and editor. He is the co-author of the Foundation Giving Trends series.

Esther Thompson

Head of Learning and Events

Esther is responsible for providing a strategic approach to learning from all of our events and other activities, including the Professional Development Programme and ACF's networks. Esther is also the lead member of staff supporting the Woburn Place Collaborative. 

Contact Esther with queries about the ACF events programme, proposals for new event topics (including suggestions for Conference break-out sessions), and the following networks: Children & Young People; Corporate Foundations; International Funders; Monitoring & Evaluation; Criminal Justice; Smaller Funders; and School Funders

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 facilitates co-ordination and shared learning, and provides regional intelligence to develop a better understanding of the local environment and issues, leading to improved strategic impact.

Contact James if you have an interest in Northern Ireland and to be kept informed about ACF’s work there.

Charlotte Ravenscroft

Interim Head of Policy

Charlotte has joined ACF on an interim basis as Head of Policy. Outside her work at ACF, Charlotte works as a consultant supporting other leading foundations and charities to maximise their impact.

Charlotte was previously Head of Policy and Research at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Before that, she held senior policy roles at the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Education.

Charlotte is a non-executive director of Enabling Enterprise, an adviser to Charity Bank, and a member of NPC's policy advisory board.

Natasha Robinson

Senior Membership Manager

Natasha is responsible for providing ACF’s services to members delivering individual support and ensuring the organisation builds effective and lasting relationships with its members, as well as developing the membership base. As part of her role she captures member insight and intelligence to help inform ACF programmes of work.

Emma Hutchins

Policy and Communications Officer

Emma bridges our policy and communications work. Emma’s responsibilities include drafting copy for Trust & Foundation News, Funders’ News and the website, as well as preparing responses, briefings and other policy documents. Emma is also responsible for ACF’s social media presence and engagement.

Victoria Le Lerre


Victoria is responsible for the administration of our events and the day to day running of the office and reception.

Contact Victoria to book event places or the ACF meeting room, to order publications and to update membership contact details.

Stephanie Brittan

Executive Assistant

Stephanie supports the Chief Executive, the Senior management team and the Trustee Board (including elections) and provides some direct support for member services, particularly through the administration of ACF's networks.

Contact Stephanie for queries about the diaries of Carol, the senior management team, and the following networks:

Older People, Operational Support and Violence against Women and Girls.

Natasha Kousseff

Finance and Database Officer

Natasha handles our day to day finance functions, and also has responsibility for maintaining ACF’s membership database. 

Contact Natasha with queries relating to payments or invoices, or to update mailing subscriptions. 

Cristina Andreatta

Senior Network Engagement Manager

Cristina supports and develops our work around themes. She is responsible for the coordination of two peer learning networks of trusts and foundations working in the Asylum, Refugee & Migration (ARM), and Housing & Homelessness (H&H) fields, and she is currently scoping out a programme of activities for foundations interested in tackling poverty in the UK. As part of her role, Cristina convenes regular issue-based meetings, supports members wishing to explore collaboration around specific topics, carries out ad hoc research, and brokers relationships with relevant stakeholders. 

Contact Cristina with queries about the HH and ARM networks, and our poverty work.

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