William Butler

Chair of Trustees

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William Butler is a former director of the UK’s largest mental health charity, Chief Executive of a membership disability charity, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive of a major voluntary sector provider of substance misuse treatment services.

He is a trustee of educational, homelessness and community action charities; and a former senior interim charity manager and a social impact consultant.

Caron Bradshaw

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Caron Bradshaw has been Chief Executive of Charity Finance Group (CFG) since June 2010. She joined from the ICAEW where she was Head of the Charity and Voluntary Sector and had responsibility for shaping the ICAEW's engagement with the sector and delivery of technical and member support.

Having trained as a Barrister, Caron held a variety of roles at the ICAEW during 16 years including providing front line support to members as Head of the Ethics Advisory Service and technical/policy input as a Business Law Manager.

Caron has been involved with a number of small charity and community organisations throughout this period and sits on the board of a Bedfordshire based charitable theatre company. Caron is a member of the SORP Committee, BBC charity appeals advisory committee and a member of the NCVO national assembly.

Lesley Thornley

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Lesley is the Chief Executive of the Hull and East Riding Citizens Advice Bureau. Operating from four offices in Hull, Beverley, Bridlington and Goole and a further 33 outreach venues, the CAB employs 55 staff and has over 160 volunteers.

Previously, Lesley was the Director of Human Resources and Administration at the Refugee Legal Centre and prior to that Campaign Director and Company Secretary for The Industrial Society.

Lesley was a Trustee and Chair of the charity ChildHope for four years and is currently on the Advisory Panel for the University of Hull’s Legal Advice Centre.

Phyllida Perrett

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Phyllida has worked for the Prospects Group, for over 15 years starting as a trainee careers adviser. She is now their Strategic Development Director. She is responsible for helping Prospects achieve sustainable growth whilst delivering high quality services focused on supporting vulnerable young people and adults.

Between 2011 and until June 2017, Phyllida was a trustee and director of Hill Holt Wood, a social enterprise with charitable status. Phyllida’s careers background is commercial with experience in marketing, PR and sales. An adult ‘gap year’ working with children aged 3 – 10 on an isolated Australian Aboriginal community 100kms from Alice Springs, refocused her outlook on life and on returning to the UK she retrained in order to be able to provide help and advice to disadvantaged adults including those with mental health issues in south London.

In 2017 Phyllida graduated from Cass University with an MSc in Charity Finance. She is a qualified careers adviser with a postgraduate qualification in leadership from the University of Derby.

Emily Hughes

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Emily Hughes has worked in the voluntary sector since 2005, with a particular focus on empowering volunteers to contribute to the sector.  She held strategic volunteer management roles at the National Autistic Society and Parkinson’s UK.  She is passionate about what organisations of all sizes contribute to the sector and spent 2010 volunteering in Zambia with VSO, supporting a community organisation to work effectively with volunteers.  She is also a trustee of AVERT, a small international HIV/AIDS charity based in Brighton.Since 2016 Emily has been Head of Quality at Girlguiding, leading a department that takes a partnership approach to supporting 100,000 volunteers to deliver high-quality guiding across the UK.  In 2015 she completed a Masters in Voluntary Sector Management at Cass Business School.

Andrew Purkis

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Andrew has been an international Board Member of the global development charity ActionAid since 2013.
He is a former Chair of ActionAid UK and of three other UK charities, a Deputy Chair of two others and a former Board Member of the Charity Commission and of the Parole Board.
A former fast stream civil servant, he has held senior leadership positions in NCVO, CPRE, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and been a special adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury about the world outside the Church. He was a p/t adviser to The Samworth Foundation on their grants policies and has been a governance consultant to charities including YHA and OxfamGB.
Andrew is a contributor to Civil Society News and blogs about the campaigning role of charities and charity regulation at

Kashif Shabir

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Kashif Shabir has over 20 years of international management experience in the commercial and not for-profit sectors. Recognised for leading and delivering business transformation and change, he has been consulting as an interim executive for a number of faith and non-faith based charities for over a decade and was previously Head of Knowledge Management and Learning at Oxfam and at the British Red Cross as part of the Strategic Change Team. He is currently Director of a private fund investing in education and social welfare programs in Africa and Asia and trustee at the Directory of Social Change.

Kashif has accepted the role of Transformation Director to support Muslim Aid in further developing and implementing the strategy he worked on with the team last year. He is passionate about making sure Muslim Aid can do the best it can for it’s staff, donors and those it was created to serve and hopes to contribute to the noble goals it has set itself and share in the reward.

Kashif holds a Masters degree in NGO Management from CASS Business School in London and lives in Berkshire with his family. He enjoys reading history and going to the gym, often at the same time.

Matthew Hill

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Matt began his career in the charity sector in 2014, while at university in Derby, as an Administrative Assistant for a small local mental health charity. In 2013, he graduated with a First Class BSc(Hons) degree in Applied Criminology (Investigation). Since then, he has held several roles involved with Business Development, Project Management, and Communications.

Matt is now Head of Business Support and a member of the Senior Leadership Team for one of the UK’s largest Homelessness and Social Inclusion charities. He is responsible for the oversight of national IT Transformation and leads technology-related change, exploring and implementing innovative solutions to increase the charities resilience whilst enhancing the frontline delivery of services to people experiencing homelessness or other social exclusion.

Matt is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner (Project Management), and holds Level 5 accreditation from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILAM).

Anneka Kapadia

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Anneka Kapadia has volunteered and worked in a number of small to medium sized charities since 2010, with a focus on advice and guidance and volunteer management. She has worked to combat social injustice around loneliness and isolation, food waste and poverty, and supported newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers. As well as graduating from the University of Leeds with a BA (Hons) in Major Spanish / Minor French Language and Literature, she holds an OISC Level 1 Immigration Advice qualification and a Level 3 award in ‘Managing Volunteers.’

She currently works as a Senior Volunteer Manager at Volunteering Matter supporting their Full-Time volunteering programme, with a focus on volunteering best practice, including recruitment and retention, new business development and quality assurance.

She is passionate about volunteering, social justice and equality, having recently done some volunteering with Charity So White, a campaign group led by people of colour led seeking to tackle institutional racism in the charity sector.

Joyce Fraser

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Joyce Fraser is the Founder & Chair of the Black Heroes Foundation, Trustee for the Institute of Fundraising (IOF), Directory of Social Change (DSC)and the Small Charities Coalition (SCC). She is a Greater London Authority Civic Futures Community Leader, and currently lectures for the Open University Business School. Joyce devotes her free time to serving the Black community in efforts to raise their profile, stimulate and nurture meaningful and valuable community engagement, and improve equitable access to society and its benefits.

As an Organisational Development and Change Leadership Consultant, Joyce has headed up Human Resource Development at the Australian High Commission (Europe), Training, Procedures and Publishing for Air Jamaica, led Technical Training for UK Power Networks, and provided consultancy to EDF Energy, and Transport for London (TFL).

The vision of her charity is “A world where Black Heroes are acknowledged, respected and celebrated”. They use the Arts to educate, entertain and empower the young, youth and elderly. This includes the award winning “Black Heroes Soul Food Café’ , the oral history project “Wandsworth People” and the documentary film “The Story of Sam King”. As one youth stated, “The Black Heroes Foundation gives us a Voice, it is like a light in a dark room”.

The Prime Minster honoured Joyce with the 1024th Point of Light Award for her inspiring voluntary work with the Black Heroes Foundation, which she received at 10 Downing Street in October 2018.

Lizzie Kenyon

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Lizzie Kenyon has spent the last fifteen years working and volunteering for a range of frontline and second tier voluntary organisations. She started her career at Voluntary Action Cardiff, where she supported over 100 children and young people’s voluntary groups with their development and to increase their participation in the strategic planning of local services. Her work helping the sector was identified as best practice by Estyn, the education and training inspectorate for Wales.

Latterly Lizzie joined BASSAC where she developed and delivered support for London based anchor organisations around governance, funding and communications including a new bespoke capacity building programme funded by the City Bridge Trust. There she was a strong advocate for demand, rather than supply-led support for voluntary organisations.

In 2011, Lizzie joined Keep Britain Tidy where she has held a number of roles managing local and national community and education programmes and campaigns focussed on sustainability. Lizzie is now the Director of Keep Britain Tidy’s award-winning Centre for Social Innovation which uses research and behavioural insights to design, pilot and scale up interventions to encourage environmental behaviours.