Anna Birney

Anna is Head of System Innovation Lab at Forum for the Future, a sustainable development charity where she works with people and organisations to create wide scale change.  For over 8 years she worked with the education system both at Forum and as the Education Programme Manager at WWF-UK.

Richard Franklin

Richard is a solicitor by profession and was in private practice at Denton Hall, SJ Berwin –  and latterly at Nicholson Graham Jones as partner and Head of Property Litigation, where he was also an accredited adjudicator in non-construction disputes. Always involved in a voluntary capacity with good causes, he moved from the law into professional fundraising  in 2001,  and has since  held Director’s posts at Jewish Care, Kings Health Partners and , most recently, at Crisis UK.

Tony Grover, Treasurer

Tony is a physics graduate who embarked on a career in finance and qualified as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Following a period in the financial services practice he transferred to a major European banking group and gained experience in a variety of accounting roles, ultimately specialising in Private Equity. He is currently the Finance Director for Indigo Capital, an investment management firm with a focus on investing mezzanine capital into medium-sized European businesses. Tony is also a Scout Group trustee.

Judy Ironside MBE

Judy Ironside is founder and director of the UK Jewish Film Festival (a registered charity). The UKJFF is a major national cinematic event that takes place annually, touring across the UK and internationally. Her role involves all fund raising; programming; festival identity and management of staff; Board and Patron relationships. Judy is an ‘ideas person’ which she views as an important aspect of funding, since sustainable funding potential can be enhanced by a high profile project identity. Judy’s Drama Therapy training background has given her a good awareness of people skills and the ability to communicate with a very wide range of people.

Lizzie Nelson

Lizzie studied Politics Philosophy and Economics at Oxford, followed by an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics. Having worked in the House of Commons, European Parliament, and in the Third Sector, Lizzie joined the Home Office in 1998 where she led policy teams working on a wide range of issues, including women offenders, EU enlargement, family policy, violent crime, and restorative justice. From 2009-2013 Lizzie was Director of the Restorative Justice Council. She currently works as a respite foster carer for children with disabilities and UK Project Director for international peace building charity Search for Common Ground.

Caroline Shea, Chair

After reading philosophy at Cambridge University, and a spell as a management consultant, Caroline was called to the bar in 1994 and has since 1995 been a member of Falcon Chambers, where she remains in full time practice. In 2003 Caroline qualified as a facilitator of the Hoffman Process, a personal development workshop with an emphasis on the role of forgiveness, which first triggered her abiding interest in its power and possibilities.

Liz Try

Liz Try is on the Board of Hampshire Probation Trust and is a previous Executive member of the National Association for Approved Premises in the U.K. She has a background in the Third Sector, arts and education and has worked for many years with adults with complex needs. A volunteer with Samaritans for over 30 years, holding many roles within the organisation, from Branch Director to national Vice Chair. Until recently she was Chair of the Befrienders Worldwide Steering Group (a global network of Emotional Health Support Charities) working towards independent Charity status and registration. Befrienders Worldwide are a global network focused on emotional support for those who access services delivered by highly trained volunteers across the globe. An expert communicator and enabler, Liz has a good understanding of organisational structures and whilst recognising the necessity for change she offers considerable professional and voluntary experience as well as a diverse range of creative, teaching and practical skills. She ran her own specialist nursery selling chilli plants to enthusiasts over the past 16 years! A member of her local Parish Council and in her spare time is an obsessive gardener and singer with the Choir Company, a rock choir!