Derek Bardowell, CEO of Ten Years Time and Trustee of Thirty Percy
Derek A Bardowell is the chief executive of Ten Years’ Time, author of No Win Race (Mudlark/Harper NonFiction, 2019) and a Knowledge Equity Fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Derek is also the host of the podcast Just Cause and a Thirty Percy trustee.
Lori Bezahler, Hazen Foundation
As President of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, Lori Bezahler leads a national grant making program supporting organizing and leadership by young people and communities of colour to dismantle structural inequity based on race and class. During 2013, Ms. Bezahler was also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and she currently chairs the board of Race Forward. Her writing and commentary have appeared in The Nation, TIME Magazine, the Washington Post, Foundation Review, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Journal of Responsive Philanthropy, and on numerous blogs and other media outlets. With over 20 years’ experience as a leader in the not for profit sector, she has served on several boards including Grantmakers for Education, the National Center on Schools and Communities at Fordham University, Philanthropy New York, and the Center for Community Alternatives, and has taught as an adjunct assistant professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.
Moira Sinclair OBE, Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Moira is Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Their vision is for a just society in which everyone, especially young people, can realise their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. In 2019/2020, PHF awarded £46.8m of grants in the arts, in cultural education, in migration and integration, and investing in young people.
Moira is Chair of Clore Leadership, Chair of East London Dance and Vice Chair of the London Mayor’s Cultural Strategy Board. She is also a member of the British Library Advisory Council and the Investment Committee for the Arts & Culture Impact Fund.
Previously, she worked for Arts Council England and Vital Arts after stints in local government and theatre and production management. A graduate of Manchester University where she studied drama, Moira became a Clore Fellow in 2004/05.
Veronika Mora, Hungarian Donors Forum
Veronika Móra has been working ah Ökotárs - Hungarian Environmental Partnership Foundation since 1997 and holds the position of the director since 2007. Earlier, she was the national consultant for the Dutch Foundation Milieukontakt Oosteuropa, but also worked for the eco-counselling office of Ecoservice Foundation. With HEPF and earlier, she’s been working on a variety of issues related to ecological consumption, gene technologies and public participation. Since 2003 she’s been leading HEPF’s Civil Partner program aiming to improve the legal-fiscal environment of civil society, but she also gained experience in managing and overseeing grant programs of various sizes, not least the Hungarian NGO Fund under the EEA/Norwegian Financial Grants.
Besides her full time occupation she also has voluntary positions in a number of NGOs, among them the chairmanship of the Hungarian Donors Forum. She is a biologist (MSc) by education, but also has a MA degree in organisational psychology, and more recently gained a diploma in environmental law.
Josh Cockcroft, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Josh is co-chair of the DEI Data Standard working group and has worked at the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation since early 2019. His focus at Esmee has primarily been on data and sector infrastructure to improve funding practise. While at Esmee he has worked on a range of collaborative projects, including the Funders Collaborative Hub, the Foundation Practise Rating, and the Funders for Racial Equity Alliance Audit.
Prior to working at the Foundation Josh worked in strategy roles across in the media and start ups.
Caroline Fiennes, Giving Evidence
Caroline is one of the few people whose work has appeared in both OK! Magazine and the scientific journal Nature.
A recognised expert in philanthropy, she is a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, and for three years wrote the ‘how to give it’ column in the Financial Times. She founded and directs Giving Evidence, and has advised many funders over many years. She is leading the research and analysis for the Funder Practice Rating. A physicist by background, she takes a scientific approach to effectiveness – and hence works with experimental economists, e.g., with J-PAL at MIT and with its sister organisation Innovations for Poverty Action. She is on boards of The Cochrane Collaboration (specifically Evidence Aid), The Life You Can Save founded by ethicist Peter Singer, and the (amazing) Flemish Red Cross. She has published masses of research about philanthropy, including in Freakonomics, The Economist, Forbes, and elsewhere, and is described by Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler as “charmingly disruptive”.
Debbie Pippard, Barrow Cadbury Trust
Debbie is Director of Programmes at Barrow Cadbury Trust, a position she has held for the past ten years. In addition to her role in overseeing the Trust’s programmes, she leads its Economic Justice portfolio, focussing it on how local economies can be shaped to benefit local communities.
Debbie has a particular interest in gender justice, racial justice and the voluntary and community sector. She was one of the founders of the Funders for Racial Justice Alliance which has been influencing in supporting charitable funders to increase their funding of work to further racial justice and race equality. Past roles have included management positions at The National Lottery Community Fund and an NHS Trust plus Chief Executive of an organisation for people with learning disabilities and their families.
Her non-executive positions have included a number of Trustee- and Directorships. She is chair of The Foundry, the award-winning conference centre and host to a range of social justice organisations and of Global Dialogue, one of the leading platforms for international funder collaboration. She is on the boards of Ethex, a fintech company that connects social businesses with investors, and of West Midlands Funders’ Network.
Danielle Walker Palmour, Friends Provident Foundation
Danielle Walker Palmour is the Director of the Friends Provident Foundation, an independent grant-making charity established from unclaimed shares arising from the de-mutualisation of Friends Provident Life Office in 2001. Friends Provident Foundation focuses has a wider interest in the use of financial markets to produce social value and has led small trusts in social investment.
James Banks, London Funders
James has been Chief Executive of London Funders since 2017, after nearly 20 years of working and volunteering across London’s civil society. James leads the work of London Funders to strengthen civil society and create a better London, through enabling a network of over 170 funders from all sectors to be effective. As covid-19 hit, London Funders launched the “We Stand With The Sector” funder commitment, with over 400 funders from across the country signing up to core standards to support civil society through the pandemic, sharing the text for a mirror statement for European funders through DAFNE and the European Foundation Centre. Four days after the first lockdown started in the UK, James and the team launched the London Community Response funder collaboration, bringing together 67 funders who have so far distributed over £55m to civil society groups in the capital to deal with the crisis and support the resilience of London’s communities as we look towards renewal and recovery.
Tracy Lazard, Inclusion London
Tracey is a Disabled person with 23 years of experience working in a variety of Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs), where she has promoted disability equality, user involvement and the Social Model of Disability and the Cultural Model of Deafness. She has been in CEO positions for the last 16 years and joined the Inclusion London team as Chief Executive in 2011. Tracey is passionate about the value and contribution DDPOs make to both equality and inclusion but also to delivering effective, accessible and holistic services that make a real difference to Deaf and Disabled people’s lives.
Paul Roberts, LGBT+ Consortium
Paul became Chief Executive for Consortium in April 2011 and has over 18 years’ experience working in the LGBT+ voluntary sector. Paul leads on the strategic direction of the organisation working with the staff team, board and Members to ensure Consortium stays community focussed and LGBT+ issues are listened to by a range of stakeholders, including Government and the wider voluntary sector. Paul’s background is within community development and he has a passion for connecting communities together and giving people space to share their collective knowledge and experience.
Nahid Rasool, Shantona Women's and Family Centre
Nahid Rasool is CEO of Shantona Women’s and Family
Centre. She has been working for Third sector/ Charitable organisation
more than 35 years. 23 years for Shantona, prior to that she worked in London,
Bradford in various capacities. She has seen and directly faced lots of
challenges, prejudice, inequality and barriers, within the South Asian
community. These made her determined to do something for the culturally diverse
women and girls who live in this country, facing inequality and discrimination
within their home, and in the wider world.
Lucy McMenamin, GiveOut
Lucy McMenamin is GiveOut's Philanthropy Officer. Following the completion of an MSc in Marketing, Lucy helped launch a successful coffee business in Dublin before moving to the UK to begin her career in the third sector. She brings experience in philanthropy management, Diversity and Inclusion strategy and she is passionate about social justice and LGBTQI+ rights.
Rupert Abbott, GiveOut
Rupert Abbott is GiveOut’s Executive Director. He has over 15 years of international human rights experience, specialising in the design and development of human rights initiatives and organisations, and in leading research and advocacy, including on LGBTQI rights.
Aisha Shaibu, GiveOut
Aisha Shaibu is an LGBTQ+ activist, cultural producer, and founder of award-winning tours and events company Moonlight Experiences. Moonlight Experiences is dedicated to uplifting queer women, non-binary and Black/POC members by harnessing the economic power of tourism and nightlife to tackle the lack of diversity. Aisha has been an architect of diverse parties, festivals, and events collaborating with brands, institutions, and communities on events designed within an intersectional framework. Aisha’s activism and community contribution extends to the work she does as part of the management team of the new LGBTQ+ venue, Glass House London; as Head of Community Engagement for UK Black Pride; and as a Trustee of the award-winning international LGBTQI community foundation GiveOut.
Claire Tunnacliffe, GiveOut
Claire Tunnacliffe is GiveOut’s grant-making officer. Her background is in urban planning, environment, and sustainable development, with a particular focus on public interventions in public spaces. She is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture in LGBTQI+ activism in London as a queer practice of placemaking.
Shahed Malvi, Leeds Community Foundation
Shahed joined Leeds Community Foundation as their Head of Grants in April 2020 and has over 25 years’ experience working in both the public + voluntary sector. Shahed leads on the management and implementation of around 40 grant programmes funded by a range of statutory, philanthropic and charitable sources each year, working with the staff team, to ensure the Foundation stays focussed on resourcing community groups to address the most pressing needs across Leeds and Bradford. Shahed’s background is within youth and community development and community regeneration and he has a passion for supporting people powered change within communities.
Heather Nelson, Black Health Initiative
Heather Nelson is currently Chief Executive of Leeds based charity Black Health Initiative (BHI) with an extensive 30-year background and working knowledge of Equity and Diversity with the overall aim of Inclusion within the Education, Health and Social Care 3rd Sector. BHI works with and for disadvantaged and marginalised communities addressing equity of access in education, health and social care locally, regionally, and nationally. Heather is also one of the few female black serving Magistrates, and has served over 20 years within the British Judicial System.