Our people

Meet our Trustees, our associates and the staff team at Friends Provident Foundation.

Board of Trustees

Stephen Muers

he/him

Chair of Trustees

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Abraham Baldry

he/him

Trustee - Investment Committee Member

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Paul Blyth

he/him

Trustee - Investment Committee Member

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Ann Don Bosco

she/her

Trustee - Resource Committee Member

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Kathleen Kelly

she/her

Trustee - Resource Committee Chair

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Stephanie Maier

she/her

Trustee - Investment Committee Chair

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Caroline Taylor

she/her

Trustee - Resources Committee Member

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Aphra Sklair

she/her

Trustee - Resource Committee Member

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Simin Wadiwala

she/her

Associate Trustee

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Our EDI for trustees 2022-2023

  • 7 out of 8 trustees identified as white
  • 1 out of 8 trustees identified with having a disability
  • 5 out of 8 trustees identified as a woman. 3 out of 8 trustees identified as a man
  • We have an evenly distributed age range, and everyone is of working age.
  • Half (4) have caring responsibilities
  • 7 out of 8 trustees attended state-run school

Staff Team

Danielle Walker Palmour

she/her

Director

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Kat Chatterton

she/her

Office Manager

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Charlie Crossley

he/him

Investment Engagement Manager

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Abigail Gibson

she/her

Head of Funding Strategy

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Kate Kendall

she/her

Finance and Operations Manager

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Caroline Watson

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Office Manager

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Jo Wilce

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Grants and learning manager

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Blog Authors - Guest contributors

Chris Blake

he/him

Director, Green Valleys

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Guppi Bola

she/her

Advisor to the Foundation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Nida Broughton

she/her

Director of Economic Policy - The Behavioural Insights Team

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Shea Buckland-Jones

Re-Energising Wales Project Coordinator

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Filip Gregor

he/him

Head of the Responsible Companies Section - Frank Bold

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Deborah Hargreaves

she/her

Friends Provident Foundation Journalist Fellow

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Dr Omar Khan

he/him

Director of Runnymede

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Martin Sandbu

he/him

Friends Provident Foundation Journalist Fellow

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Hazel Sheffield

she/her

Journalist

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Stefanie Schultheis

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Associate Advisor - The Behavioural Insights Team

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Programme Advisory Group

Chris Blake

he/him

Director, Green Valleys

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Mark Davis

he/him

Programme Advisory Group Member

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Bonnie Hewson

she/her

Programme Advisory Group Member

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Dan Jones

he/him

Programme Advisory Group Member

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Peter Lipman

he/him

Programme Advisory Group Member

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Andrea Westall

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Advisor to the Foundation on the theme of Ownership, Power and Control.

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Equity and Social Justice Working Group

We are committed to improving our equity and social justice impact. Our work is specific to the economy, and it should be noted that this is the context we are working in. This long-term projects focuses in developing our knowledge and improving our impact in this area. It is both an external and an internal project. It is across all of our activities and we are approaching this from a place of learning.

Trustees and Staff

  • 11 out of 14 people identified as white; 3 identified as a person of colour
  • 4 out of 14 people identified with having a disability
  • 9 out of 14 people identified as a woman, 4 identified as a man and 1 identified as non-binary

 

  • 3 out of 14 identified as non-heterosexual.
  • We have an evenly distributed age group
  • 8 out 14 people have caring responsibilities
  • 11 out of 14 attended a state school, 2 attended school outside the UK and 1 attended a private school (with scholarship)

February 2023 update

What have we done so far

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  1. The current composition of the working group consists of two trustees, Aphra and Ann, along with two staff members, Abby who handles grants, and Jake who handles communications. The reason for this change is that Priya has stepped down from her role as trustee, but will still serve as an advisor on the committee. We are currently in the process of searching for new trustees. Colin (investment) has also left FPF. We are also in search of an Investment Engagement Manager. We expect that one of the new trustees and the Investment Engagement Manager will join our team
  2. Made a commitment to sharing a breakdown of staff and trustee demographics (see below) – we are making graphs to illustrate this data
  3. We have launched our new programme where diversity is centred in all of our work (see Our Strategy page). We also have incorporated equity and social justice within our grant making – it is to early to publish data on this but it should be available soon
  4. Our first Equity and Social Justice training session will take place in May.
  5. We have decided not to publish in Welsh owing to limited in-house resources.

What are we still doing

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  1. Drafting an equity and social justice plan – this plan has been delayed to incorporate learning from the equity and social justice training
  2. Campaigning for the ethnicity pay gap
  3. Producing documents in alternative formats and developing metrics to monitor our progress on this
  4. Developing an equal opportunities policy.

What are we focusing on next

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  1. Completing our equity and social justice training
  2. Finishing the equity and social justice plan
  3. Monitor our EDI in our grant-making
  4. Finish writing the equal opportunities policy.

June 2022 Update

What have we done so far

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  1. Formed a working group, made up of trustees (Aphra, Ann, Priya) and staff (Colin (Investment Engagement), Abby (Grants) and Jake (Communications)), who bring an intersectional lens to this work
  2. Made a commitment to sharing a breakdown of staff and trustee demographics
  3. Developed an accessibility communications checklist
  4. Invested in a tool that can translate our website into different languages and provide accessibility tools
  5. Are a leading funder of the Foundation Practice Rating.

What are we still doing

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  1. Drafting an equity and social justice plan
  2. Reviewing our grants programme, where equity and social justice will be part of the programme
  3. Developing a training programme with our equity and diversity advisor Guppi Bola
  4. Campaigning for the ethnicity pay gap
  5. Producing documents in alternative formats and developing metrics to monitor our progress on this
  6. Developing an equal opportunities policy.

What are we focusing on next

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  1. Completing the equity and social justice plan
  2. Launching our new grants programme (August, 2022)
  3. Equity and Social Justice training to have started
  4. Publish breakdown of staff and trustees demographics
  5. Ensuring documents are available in alternative formats
  6. Finish writing the equal opportunities policy.

 

You can download the full paper as a word document or a PDF document