Directory of Social Change Staff

Debra Allcock Tyler

Chief Executive

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Debra has worked in the charitable and voluntary sector for over 30 years. Amongst numerous other roles she is Vice President of the Soldiering On Through Life Trust Awards and co-chairs the judging panel with General the Lord Dannatt. She is a Trustee of In Kind Direct, one of the Princes’ Foundation Charities, and a trustee of the Berkshire Community Foundation. She is also an Africa Advocacy Foundation Ambassador for women and girls at risk of or affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). She has served as a trustee of several charities including being the co-founder of the Small Charities Coalition and was its first Chair. She served on the Charity Commission’s SORP committee for over 7 years and was the Vice-Chair of Governors of Whiteknights primary school for 6 years.

She is a renowned public speaker and internationally published author of several books on management and leadership and is particularly well known for her Last Word Column in Third Sector magazine and her seminal book for charity CEOs – ‘It’s Tough at the Top’. Her new book ‘Its Murder in Management’ is due to be published in 2018.

Bronwen Edwards

Executive Office Manager

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Bronwen joined DSC in 2017 and is responsible for Facilities, Personnel, the Executive Office and managing the Trustees.

Bron's favourite thing about DSC is working closely with those who want to impact and influence positive change for society. 

George Knight

Head of Customer Services and Facilities

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George joined DSC at the beginning of 2017 and leads both the sales and customer service teams on their mission to help our beneficiaries help others.

The favourite part of his role is knowing that the work we perform has a major impact on both the charities and individuals that we are able to serve.

Jane Altmann

Customer Services and Sales Coordinator

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Jane joined DSC at the beginning of 2018 and deals with customer service enquiries, as well as welcoming delegates who are attending Training and meeting visitors coming to our Bookshop.

The aspect of her role which Jane enjoys most is helping the wide range of interesting charities which we work to find the right information or support.

Gwen Barnes

Customer Services and Sales Coordinator

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Joined DSC June 2016 and she deals with the daily processes of subscription website memberships, publication orders and course bookings. She is also responsible for the visual merchandising of DSC's bookshop. 

Gwen enjoys the challenge of resolving customer queries.

Asmeret Tesfagiorgis

Funds Online Support Officer

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Joined DSC in August 2016 and oversees the implementation of DSC’s training and personally connects with DSC’s associates, beneficiaries, potential beneficiaries and sponsors in order to strengthen relationships and maintain partnerships.

What Asmeret enjoys most about working for DSC is her colleagues and the satisfaction of knowing that she is helping to make a difference in our beneficiaries’ lives and empowering charities to help others.

Cathy Shimmin

Senior Training Consultant

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Cathy has been at DSC for 20 years, in a variety of roles. With over 30 years experience in learning and organisational development, Cathy continues to ensure our customers have the best resources to carry out their work and help their beneficiaries.

The best thing for Cathy about working with DSC is knowing that the quality of products and services we provide to charities makes a difference on the front line.

Eileen Browne 

Training Consultant

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Eileen joined DSC in January 2018, and having worked within the commercial teams in charities and social enterprises brings a wealth of experience of working in the 3rd sector.

Eileen enjoys being part of a team that is genuine, professional and totally committed to building sustainable charities with well trained, confident trustees, employees and volunteers.

Louca Szpytko


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Louca joined DSC in 2014 as a Facilities Assistant in the Dining area of the site at Stephenson Way, he continued to support DSC when we moved to Holloway Road and helps with various office administration tasks.

Loucas' favourite thing about working for DSC is the team he is working for/with, and the routine of being involved in something great and challenging. He enjoys the atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation, and where everybody’s input is welcome.

Yvonne Coleman

Head of Finance

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Yvonne joined DSC as the Head of Finance in 2019. She is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the ACCA and has specialized in audit and charity accounting for a number of years.

She is responsible for managing, leading and providing support to the Finance team, as well as providing and managing accounting, financial reporting and internal control functions within DSC.

Annette Hutchinson

Senior Accounts Assistant

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Annette’s main role is to make sure monthly figures are compiled and to support the accounts department.

She enjoys working for DSC as ‘it’s all team work’.

Annette Lewis

Director of Sales and Services

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Annette joined DSC in 2007 and has held a number of positions in, Customer Service, Training, Events and Development.  Annette has overall responsibility for Training and Events, Customer Service and Sales,

Her favourite thing about working at DSC is "supporting my direct reports to be the best managers they can be". 

John Martin


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John has been with DSC since 2005 and is responsible for print and online publishing.

He likes working on products that have real value for the sector.

Justin Martin

Marketing Manager

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Justin has been at DSC since 2011. He is responsible for building and delivering the marketing budget and strategy.

One of Justin's favourite things about working at DSC is he gets to find out more about all the charities out there doing amazing work.

Jose Pablo Blazquez

Marketing Executive

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Jose joined DSC in 2016 and is responsible for creating, development and implementation of marketing plans for publications and funding websites.

Jose likes being part of creating products that help charities to help their beneficiaries.

Kim Freegard

Digital Content Officer

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Kim joined DSC in September 2018, and is responsible for generating content for use online and in digital communications.

Having finally got into the charity sector, she's eager to use her existing marketing skills to experiment with digital avenues in order to maximise engagement.

Kate Griffith


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Kate has been at DSC since 1994. She is the designer at DSC and does everything that is visual, from book covers to brochures.

The thing Kate loves about working at DSC is that she gets to be creative in so many different ways and seeing how we reach the people that use and benefit from our services.

Jay Kennedy

Director of Policy and Research

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Since starting as a Researcher in DSC's Liverpool Office in 2003, Jay has had several roles in research, policy and as a media spokesperson. He loves the buzz of big ideas and debates about policy, public affairs, research, campaigning, politics and social issues generally.

Jay's favourite thing about DSC is connecting with the awesome people in our charity sector, learning about what they do, and building relationships that make things happen. You might come across Jay's quotes in the sector press, his tweeted blogs and opinions, or as a speaker, chair and panellist at events.

Tom Traynor

Head of Research

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"Since joining DSC in 2001, Tom has researched and authored numerous publications and reports. As Head of Research, he is responsible for delivering DSC’s research strategy, developing research partnerships with funders and other research organisations and leads our Sector Insight and bespoke research projects. Tom’s favourite things about working at DSC are discovering the fascinating history of charities and foundations, helping charities be more effective through research and working with a passionate and committed team that puts our beneficiaries and customers at the heart of everything that we do.

He has a BA (Hons) in Literature and Media and Cultural Studies from Liverpool John Moores University and an MA in Research Methods in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Liverpool. He has been a trustee of a local arts organisation, has volunteered for an educational charity and a community media project and has also been a grants assessor for a community foundation."

Stuart Cole

Research Manager

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Stuart joined DSC in 2015 and is responsible for DSC's armed forces charities project and wider research.

Stuart's favourite thing about working at DSC is sharing our research and seeing it used to influence social change.  

Ian Pembridge

Senior Researcher

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Ian joined DSC in 2014 and works on DSC's funding guides and websites.

Ian's favourite thing about working at DSC is helping smaller charities find funding.

Judith Turner

Senior Researcher

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Judith joined DSC in 2017 and works on DSC's funding guides and websites.

Judith's favourite thing about working at DSC is helping fundraisers find new sources of income to support their work and their beneficiaries.

Anthony Robson


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Anthony joined DSC in 2017 and works on DSC’s armed forces charities project.

Anthony’s favourite thing about working at DSC is researching the various services and provisions armed forces charities do for their beneficiaries.

Rhiannon Doherty

Senior Researcher

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Rhiannon joined DSC in 2017 and works on DSC's armed forces charities research. 

Rhiannon's favourite thing about working at DSC is using data to tell a story and affect positive social change. 

Mairéad Bailie


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Mairéad joined DSC in 2017 and works on funding guides and websites.

Mairéad's favourite thing about working at DSC is meeting with beneficiaries and seeing the great work charities are carrying out in the local area.

Amanda Kaye


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Amanda joined DSC in March 2019 as a researcher on DSC’s Armed Forces Charity project.

Prior to joining DSC Amanda worked within data/research for twelve years, including completion of both qualitative and quantitative research projects.

Amanda holds a BSc in Economics and an MA in Applied Social and Market Research. During her MA she undertook qualitative research into the barriers to employment for visually impaired women.

Senn Ndugbu

Finance Officer

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Senn joined DSC in 2019, and his responsibilities include credit control and assisting with the management accounts, financial reporting and internal control functions. Senn loves the fast-paced, dynamic environment of DSC and its collaborative, open and positive culture.