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Last updated March 2015

Our Trustees

The ACO is a registered charity and is managed by a board of trustees comprising of ACO members and professional managers. Read more out about our current board of trustees.

Chief Executive: Dominic Fox

Dominic Fox has worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 40 years. Dominic has held a number of senior management posts including Director of the Kings Cross Homelessness Project, Acting Chief Executive at National Homeless Alliance, CEO of a disabled children's charity, Kidsactive, and was Director of the Children's Centre Project, a collaboration of seven national charities based at the National Children's Bureau. He was a trustee of NCVO for 12 years and has been a Director at NCVO Trading since 2008. Dominic stood down as Chief Executive of The Stone Ashdown Trust in December 2008 when it became one of the UK's first charitable foundations to "spend out" its capital. After a period as CEO at care charity Hoffmann Foundation for Autism he took up post at ACO in February 2011.

Chair: Judith Smith - Director of Help and Advisory Services at The Charity for Civil Servants

Judith joined the charity as a Regional Services Coordinator in the Midlands and then moved to the South East. In 2005, she was appointed as Regional Development Manager for the South which included regional activities on both the Help and Advisory and Fundraising sides. In 2009, she was appointed as Director. The charity receives around about 10,000 enquiries a year and, of those, 7,000 translate into applications resulting in individual grants as well as individual advice, information and guidance. Grant giving amounts to between £3.5 and £4m per annum. 70% of that goes to working people and their families.

Deputy Chair: Diane Leicester-Hallam - Chief Executive at Pharmacist Support

Diane is currently enjoying her fourth year as an ACO trustee, and was delighted to become vice chair in July 2014. As Chief Executive of Pharmacist Support she understands the challenges of running a modern day occupational benevolent charity and is an advocate of the immense value that ACO brings to its members, especially in regard to sharing and learning from one another, as this platform enables us to both share and form best practice standards thereby increasing and developing the standards within our sector. Diane is responsible for establishing and chairing the grant making forum meetings in the North.

Since joining Pharmacist support in 2009 Diane has led a programme of change which has including development of the charity’s services, expansion of the staff team, a complete refreshment of the board and most recently, overseeing a change to the charity's legal status, to become a charitable company limited by guarantee in January 2015.

Diane had an early career within the retail industry, and following the birth of her first child in 1995, went on to complete a law degree and joined the charity sector. She worked in the fields of welfare rights and money advice within both local and national charities, before moving into senior management roles within Citizens Advice Bureaux and Help the Aged and Age UK before joining Pharmacist Support.

Treasurer: Jonathan M Beckerlegge, FCCA

Jonathan is a Certified Accountant and practised for over 30 years in a variety of roles. During that time he served on the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) Council, for 18 years and had the great honour of being their President in 2002/03. He also served on the EU accountancy Body (FEE) Ethics Working Party for more than 10 years as well as an Italian/UK Bilateral Committee.

He now is a member of ACCA's Disciplinary Committee; a trustee of the ACCA Benevolent Fund; Chairman of his local Parish Council; a Director of York Credit Union Limited; and a founder member of Linking Alms which has been established to "break the chains of poverty and ignorance by joining peoples and tongues together."

Anni Broadhead - Chief Executive at Support Network

Anni joined Support Network (the benevolent fund of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers), as CEO in June 2010. She has 11 years senior management and CEO experience in the Citizens Advice Bureau service, developing and leading 3 bureaux in Somerset and latterly in London. She is a barrister, and has 6 years governance experience as a Trustee of membership organisations. She was co-opted to the ACO board in October 2010.

Kath Haines - Chief Executive of CABA

Kath joined CABA in 2007 as Finance and Administration Director, and became Chief Executive in 2009. CABA supports members of ICAEW and their families throughout the world. The charity gives one to one support in times of need and provides information and tools to enable members to promote their own wellbeing.
Kath is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) who trained with Coopers & Lybrand in Leicester, and worked there for 14 years. After that, she spent 11 years in finance positions in major retailers and service companies. Kath moved to the charity sector in 2004, to set up the Finance function of English Churches Housing Group, at the time of their relocation from London to Leicester. She moved to CABA following the merger of English Churches with Riverside Housing.

Alison Taylor - Director of  Operations at Turn2us

Turn2us is part of the UK charity Elizabeth Finn Care. Turn2us helps people in financial need to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help - online, by phone and through our partner organisations. Alison joined Turn2us as Head of Services at its inception and leads on the development and delivery of digital, helpline and face to face services that have gone from strength to strength under her direction.

Before joining Turn2us, Alison worked at NCVO, where she led a national programme to catalyse improvements in the quality of governance within a range of national, regional and local third sector organisations. She began her career as a CAB Welfare Rights Adviser; and has over twenty-five years experience of working in local government, health and the third sector developing new services, delivering service improvements across a range of settings and managing change across large complex organisations.

Thom Craigen - Manager at Benenden Charitable Trust

After seven years in the marketing team of mutual healthcare provider, Benenden, in 2014 Thom was appointed to the role of Manager of Benenden Charitable Trust, providing assistance to people in financial hardship or distress related to a health condition.

As a relative newcomer to the charitable sector, he finds great value in the peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities of ACO’s Grant Making Forums and the range of knowledge and resources available to members.

Thom brings with him a wealth of experience of communication and engagement with a membership community of over 900,000 as well as insight from previous roles in the design, music and publishing sectors.  

Paul Jackson - Chief Executive at The Hospital Saturday Fund

Paul is a graduate of Kingston University with a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Politics and an MSc in Charity Finance from South Bank University.

Paul joined HSF Health Plan as Finance Director in August 1999.  Prior to that, Paul worked at the Institute of Road Transport Engineers, in the role of Finance Executive, Ford Motor Company and Capita Financial Group in Sydney, Australia.

A keen scuba diver, Paul’s experiences with marine life whilst diving have inspired him to assist a number of environmental charities. Paul is currently Chairman of The Manta Trust, Treasurer of The Freshwater Habitats Trust, Trustee of the Marine Megafauna Foundation and Chairman of The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s Registration Authority.

Paul lives in Surrey and is married with one daughter.

Julie Gilson – Chief Executive of R L Glasspool Charity Trust

Julie joined the RL Glasspool Charity Trust in April 2016.

She has worked in public and third sector grants development and management for over 20 years. She is an experienced bid writer, securing funding from trusts, charities and statutory organisations, including a major transport contract from the Olympic Delivery Agency.

She was previously the Grants Manager at the MS Society; Local Area Agreement Programme Manager at the Lambeth Strategic Partnership; Head of Business Development at HCT Group; Grants Manager at the Camelot Foundation and Community Support Manager for Greenwich Council.

She is also an active community volunteer, having held school governorships and trustee roles. She co-founded Queens Boundary Community in 2012, a grassroots initiative that seeks to improve community cohesion in a deprived ward in Waltham Forest.

Kris Barnett - Chief Executive of ICE Benevolent Fund

Kris joined the ICE Benevolent Fund in May 2001 as Chief Executive. The ICE Ben Fund supports members of ICE and their families throughout the world; the charity awards financial assistance in times of need and provides personal development and wellbeing advice.

Prior to this, Kris was Director of the Investment Property Forum which was a great starting point but not where she felt her interests lay. Investments are rarely interesting!

The ICE Ben Fund has been a member of ACO since its inception, is a keen contributor and supporter and Kris is really keen for ACO member funds to work collaboratively. She is delighted to be appointed an ACO Trustee from 2016.