Protecting your Charity Conference - who's speaking

This conference will give you the practical tools and advice you need to guide your charity through current times, supporting you to develop resilience and motivation within your organisation.


Annette Lewis

Director of Services, DSC

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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 Facilities.

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

Jay Kennedy

Director of Policy and Research, DSC

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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.

Daniel Ferrell-Schweppenstedde

Policy and Public Relations Manger, DSC

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Daniel worked for RAND Europe, a policy research institute, where gathered experience in coordinating large-scale research projects for grant-makers, UK government and the EU bodies. Daniel has also worked as a research assistant at one of the largest foundations in Germany, Stiftung Mercator, working on topics of impact-driven philanthropy and foundation strategy development. Daniel is passionate about supporting civil society organizations to find solutions for global and national challenges.

Louise Thomson

Head of Policy (Not for Profits), ICSA

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Louise has extensive knowledge of governance issues garnered from her 20-year career in the not-for-profit and public sectors, including education and the NHS, complemented by her experience as a school governor, pension and charity trustee.

Her work has covered the development of the code of governance for charities and voluntary organisations, board training, reviews and development, research into sector governance and the production of over 100 guidance notes aimed at the sector.

John Baguley

PhD, MBA, MInstF, Chair of International Fundraising Consultancy

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In Johns 35 years as fundraiser, director and consultant, John Baguley has taken charities of all sizes to new heights – and earned an international reputation for excellence in the process.

John is an experienced and accomplished management and fundraising consultant, international speaker and trainer with an entrepreneurial flair. He offers a unique combination of practical and theoretical experience in the voluntary and private sectors having specialised in fundraising and the international development of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Specialisms include strategy, management, capital appeals, major donor development, digital and international fundraising.

Andy Bell

Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health

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Andy has been with the Centre since 2002. Previously working for the King's Fund, he began as Director of Communications, becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 2009.

He is a member of the Mental Health Policy Group and was chair of the Mental Health Alliance between 2006 and 2008. Andy has carried out research on the implementation of national mental health policies and on local mental health needs assessments. He writes a regular blog on mental health policy for the Huffington Post.

Kristiana Wrixon

Head of Policy, ACEVO

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Kristiana is responsible for developing ACEVO’s policy strategy and ensuring its effective implementation. She also heads up ACEVO’s external communications and research work.

ACEVO’s key policy focuses are; fair regulation, improving commissioning practices, increasing diversity and inclusion, and protecting charities’ right to campaign. Kristiana has also been working with charities and government partners to address concerns raised in the media earlier this year about safeguarding and to help leaders create safe organisational cultures.