Marianne Black

Marianne trained and practised in the UK and Hong Kong as an insolvency lawyer with Allen & Overy after which she was the Practice Manager for the Clifford Chance China offices, focusing on recruitment, training and communications. She has extensive charitable board experience with a particular interest and expertise in governance and strategy. She has been a trustee of mental health, disability and educational charities for 13 years and chaired the board of 2 charities. She was awarded an MBE for her services to British Education Overseas in 2017 for her chairmanship of the board of The British School In Tokyo. After moving back to the UK in 2017, she joined the board of Enham Trust, a regional disability charity, where she is responsible for Safeguarding as well as a member of the Governance Working Group. She has been an assessor for the Fore Trust since January 2020.

Christine Fiddler

Christine is a transformational social and behavioural specialist with over 25 years’ experience.  She is experienced in the voluntary/community and public sectors, with specific skills in market research, community consultation, policy research, programme management, business planning, feasibility studies, evaluations, and grant funding applications. Christine has participated on the Government SME Procurement Panel, advising the Cabinet Office on SME procurement and tendering.

She has undertaken grant assessment for funders such as the Big Lottery where she assessed Research Grants relating to the voluntary, health and social care sectors, Sport England and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust as well as for regeneration and European Funded Programmes. She has also undertaken a number of evaluation projects and established funding programmes for major funders and organisations such as Sport England, the Big Lottery, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and a number of regeneration programmes to mention a few. She previously worked for Barnsley MBC within the Special Programmes Team undertaking an integral part in the delivery of regeneration programmes before leaving to undertake a PhD at the University of Sheffield in 1998.

Jerry Loy

Jerry Loy has extensive experience in growing and developing financial service organisations.  He advises the Department of International Trade on the design, implementation and management of a wealth management programme to increase foreign direct investment to the UK and chairs/vice chairs audit committees for two educational establishments in Surrey.  He is also vice chair for the Foyer Federation, a national youth homelessness charity. Previously, Jerry was the Chief Operating Officer at QNB Banque Privée and the Head of Operations and Administration at NBAD Private Bank. Jerry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Chupa Phiri

Chupa is a fundraising strategist and trainer with 22 years’ experience in institutional fundraising in Africa, Europe and the US. She has raised funds for a broad range of causes including international development, human rights, gender issues, global health and education. Chupa has extensive experience in business development, project development and management, bid writing, grant management, grant making and governance.

Combining her passion for community development and philanthropy, Chupa established Oko Consultancy – a fundraising training and consultancy service that works in partnership with charities in the UK and Africa to help them raise vital funding for their work. Oko Consultancy is a social enterprise with all profits ploughed into a Community Foundation in Zambia which seeks to inspire local philanthropy and support community-based organisations achieve their goals, missions and visions through funding and training.

Motivated by the Ubuntu philosophy Chupa is a strong advocate for participatory grant making and promotes emphasis on local assets, resources and capabilities.

James Williams

James is a not-for-profit sector professional with over 20 years’ experience in strategic and operational management, fundraising, communications and partnerships roles for environmental, educational and community causes.  He loves working with inspirational people to turn good ideas into practical, scalable, positive social action.

James currently heads up fundraising and marketing for a national mentoring charity alongside running his own consultancy working primarily with smaller charities and social enterprises.  Prior to this, he was Operations Director at The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund and Deputy Chief Executive at In Kind Direct.  He has experience as Trustee and Deputy Chair of a leading social enterprise in Sussex, where he is based, and volunteers with various local organisations.

James has a degree in history from Cambridge University and postgraduate management qualifications from Bayes Business School and INSEAD.  He’s a Fellow of the RSA.