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As a company limited by guarantee, the Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, whom we refer to as the Trustees. The Trustees set strategic direction, approve grant applications, monitor grant activities, ensure that all activities are within the agreed charitable objectives and agree the financial plan.

The Foundation’s approach to conflict of interests are:-

– that interests are declared; that the related Trustee takes no part in the decision-making; and that applications are assessed on their merits; and

– staff should explicitly flag such applications at the outline application stage for note by the Trustee board.

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Joycelin_Dawes_cropped_100x100Joycelin has a long-standing commitment to practical action to bring about a more equal society in ways that enable and empower people. Joycelin studied politics and economics at the London School of Economics and worked as a researcher to MPs and parliamentary groups for many years. Her work has been varied as a self-employed writer, researcher and facilitator of learning; as a teacher in secondary education; and in leading and facilitating workshops, courses and conferences.

Joycelin is the author of “Discernment and Inner Knowing – making decisions for the best“, a ground-breaking study of secular and spiritual discernment that explores Quaker discernment through the eyes of Theory U, a contemporary management and decision-making tool. She also edited and was co-author of “The Quest, Exploring A Sense of Soul”.

She has been active as a volunteer in the third sector for many years: as clerk and chair of trustees of Quaker Social Action (2010-2014) and completing her term as a trustee in 2015; chair of School Governors at a primary school, as an adviser in a Citizens Advice Bureau and Trustee for a number of charities.

Her leisure time is spent with family and grandchildren, watching sport and hill-walking. She is a Quaker in a London Quaker Meeting.

Updated June 2017



Paul founded CDP in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change.

Paul previously founded Rufus Leonard Corporate Communications and EyeNetwork, the largest videoconference service in Europe. He served as a member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. Paul has authored various publications, including Beautiful Corporations.




Joanna is Chief Executive of the Money Advice Trust, which helps people across the UK to tackle their debts and manage their money wisely. In 2010, she was awarded an OBE for services to people in debt, and she is a Chartered Director.

Joanna started her career as a primary school teacher, and then became a researcher for a number of different MPs. She moved to the British Bankers’ Association in 1997, where she ran their policy department relating to personal and small business customers. Joanna is also a member of the advisory panel of the Commission for Financial Inclusion, the ABCUL/Lloyds Banking Group Grants Committee, H M Treasury’s Home Finance Forum, poverty alleviation charity Turn 2 Us’s Strategic Development Group, the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board Advisory Panel, and the British Bankers’ Association’s Consumer Panel. From 1 January 2015 she will be a trustee of the Friends Provident Foundation. She is also a school governor.

She lives in North London with her husband who is a Headteacher, and their three daughters. In her spare time she reads, cycles and climbs Munros (Scottish mountains over 1000m).




Patrick Hynes is Membership Manager at Oikocredit in the Netherlands, an international financial cooperative. He also established Oikocredit’s presence in the UK and Ireland. He has extensive management experience in retail banking within the risk management, marketing and business management functions. He has led a charity providing social care and has also worked in academic research and school teaching. He is company secretary for the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR). Patrick lives in Lancashire with his wife who is a hospice doctor, and their three children. 



kathleen_-kellyv2Kathleen Kelly is Assistant Director of Policy and Research at the National Housing Federation.  With a background in law and economics her career has focused on social policy development and achieving social change. She was at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for over 9 years running social research and policy development programmes on issues such as housing market volatility. Prior to that Kathleen was in the Research, Analysis and Evaluation team in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister where she evaluated major government programmes and led blue skies research on issues such as homelessness.

Kathleen has also held front line and second tier advice roles in Citizens Advice and Shelter and a provincial law firm covering money advice, housing and other issues. Kathleen started out her career as a criminal justice academic leading ground breaking research on the interface between medical professionals and the criminal justice system. Kathleen is on the advisory board for the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics.  She lives in York with her daughter and enjoys mountain biking and riding in the Yorkshire countryside.




Rob LakeRob Lake is an Independent Responsible Investment Advisor focusing in particular on asset owners.   His areas of expertise include the financial and fiduciary case for responsible investment; policy and strategy development; strategy implementation and the integration of ESG issues across asset classes and in external manager relationships; engagement with companies; research on emerging issues; and communication with beneficiaries and other stakeholders.  Rob was previously Director of Responsible Investment at the Principles for Responsible Investment; Head of Sustainability and Governance at APG Asset Management; and Head of Corporate Engagement at Henderson Global Investors.



Stephen Muers is Head of Strategy and Market Development at Big Society Capital, the social investment wholesaler. He moved to BSC in 2016 after a career in the civil service, most recently as Director, Criminal Justice Policy at the Ministry of Justice. He previously held senior posts in the Cabinet Office and the Department for Energy and Climate Change, as well as being a non-executive director of an NHS trust. He has been a Visting Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, Bath University and has published several papers and articles on public policy. Stephen lives in Ealing, West London.




Hetan ShahHetan is Executive Director of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), an organisation with over 8,000 members worldwide, which aims to put data at the heart of understanding and decision-making. Previously Hetan was Chief Executive of Think Global, a charity promoting education for a just and sustainable world. Before this he worked for a number of think tanks including the New Economics Foundation where he was Director of New Economics and played a pioneering role in their work on well-being and on behavioural economics.

He has written extensively on public policy issues and his co-authored publications include ‘Behavioural Economics: seven principles for policymakers’ and ‘A New Political Economy’. His interests include evidence based policymaking, data ethics, sustainability and measures of progress. Hetan is a visiting senior research fellow at the Policy Institute at Kings College London and also an honorary vice-president of the Geographical Association. He is a Commissioner on the UK Social Metrics Commission which is seeking to develop new measures of UK poverty.

Hetan became Chair of Trustees on 1st January 2016.  

Updated June 2017 




Aphra has held various professional and voluntary roles in the social and philanthropic sector. She is currently a Director of the Schumacher College Incubator, a Trustee of the Friends Provident Foundation and a volunteer with The Reader.

Aphra has a Master’s in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College, and lives in South Devon with her partner.



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