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 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.
Director of Membership
Gemma oversees ACF’s membership, partnerships and events functions. She is responsible for championing the needs of our members and taking a strategic lead in ensuring ACF's services support foundations to be ambitious and effective in the way they use their resources for social good. Gemma is a Company Director of ACF's trading subsidiary.
Corporate Partnerships Officer
Rachel is responsible for overseeing the Official Partner Programme. Rachel supports our members in achieving their charitable objectives by facilitating knowledge-led learning from partners who have an established reputation for engagement within the sector, and a robust attitude towards issues of ESG.
Social Impact Investors Group (SIIG) - Networking Development Manager
Under the guidance of the SIIG Steering Group, Gail administers the SIIG, playing a key role in supporting and connecting members and others who are interested in social impact investing. As part of her role, Gail provides tools, learning sessions and events for staff and trustees of foundations interested in starting or currently undertaking social impact investing. In addition, Gail runs the SIIG’s Market Information Days, designed to educate SIIG members and other investors about the latest opportunities from charities, social enterprises, social purpose organisations and social impact funds.
Director of Finance and Resources
Kevin leads on ACF's business planning and delivery, and ensures ACF thrives and is sustainable in supporting members over the longer term. He is also responsible for the finance, HR, IT and office management functions. Kevin is currently ACF's Company Secretary and a Company Director of ACF's trading subsidiary.
Membership and Events Support Officer
Becci is responsible for the administration of our events, as well as the day to day running of the office and reception. Becci plays a role in supporting and connecting members while ensuring ACF thrives.
Head of Policy
Max supports members to deliver their work through the provision of strategic insight, policy intelligence and collaboration. He represents the foundation sector to colleagues in NGOs and charities, officials in government departments, and parliamentarians, aiming to create an enabling policy and regulatory environment in which funders will most effectively achieve their missions.
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.
Fiona Mason is currently covering this role during Natasha’s maternity leave until December 2019.
Policy and Communications Manager
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.
Natasha is responsible for ACF's finance function, as well as maintaining our member database. Natasha plays a role in ensuring that ACF thrives and is sustainable in supporting members over the longer term.