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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.

Chair:  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.

Vice Chair: Caroline Aldred - CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

Caroline has 25 years’ experience in the benevolent fund sector. She is currently Manager of CIMA Benevolent Fund, the benevolent fund for management accountants linked to AICPA (the Association of Interntaional Certified Professional Accountants), the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants. Previously, Caroline managed the Members Fund of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Earlier in her working life, Caroline was a researcher at the Bank of England. Caroline has degrees in history and economics and is an enthusiastic amateur choral singer.


Vice Chair: D'Arcy Myers - Chair, Smallwood Trust

D'Arcy spent eight years working in marketing and business development before going to the independent Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific with VSO. This led to work in 32 countries around the world from Africa, the Far East, Europe, the former Soviet Union, USA and the South Pacific.

With twelve years hands-on experience as a charity CEO, he has led a number of charities through change and development. For the past five years he has been a highly successful and experienced independent Third Sector consultant operating at a senior level with Boards and Chief Executives. D'Arcy was one of the founders of the Small Charities Coalition and Charity2020 and also set up the South East Charity Forum and The Corporate Social Partnership.

Passionate about professionalism within the 3rd sector, D'Arcy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a trustee of a number of voluntary organisations including ACO. He was also a secondary school governor for eight years.


Treasurer:  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 and Chairman of The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s Registration Authority.


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.


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."


John Brown - Iprovision

John is an experienced Public Relations Communications Consultant with strong consulting professional skills in Crisis Management, Public Affairs, Political Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility.

John is a past Chair, Vice-Chair and Trustee of Iprovision since 2004. Iprovision is the Benevolent Fund of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) which was set up in 1965 by a small group of members to help colleagues in need. Since then, they have supported hundreds of institute members and their families battling illness, disability, unemployment or bereavement.

John was Head of Public Relations and Marketing for Glasgow Council for nine years and a Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). John co-authored 'PR and Communication in Local Government and Public Services' ( Kogan Page, July 2013) with Pat Gaudin and Wendy Moran which at the time was the first text book on local government PR in fifteen years. It is published in the CIPR series 'PR in Practice'.


Bryan Clover - The Rainy Day Trust

Bryan is CEO of Birmingham-based charity Rainy Day Trust. The Rainy Day Trust operates across three sectors (builders merchants, DIY & Hardware and Housewares & Tabletop) which have a combined turnover of more than £50billion and employ close to 500,000 people. The RDT grew out of two benevolent funds for the industry with roots back to 1843, and now offers a range of services to retail and supplier emplo yees – from a regular cash payment to white goods and even house repairs.

Prior to Rainy Day Trust, Bryan worked for Turn2us where he was most recently Director of Transformational Planning. His skills include Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Planning, Social Enterprise, and Operations Management. Bryan has also worked for Help the Aged and The Royal British Legion. He has a BSc focused in International Relations and Affairs from the Open University.


Clemmie Cowl - Executive Director at the Dance Professionals Fund

Clemmie joined the DPF in 2004, having previously run the Dance Teachers Benevolent Fund from 2002. She oversaw the merger of both organisations in 2015.

Clemmie's career began in commercial dance, and she is a member of Equity. She has an MA in Performing Arts, Middlesex University and a PG Certificate in Arts Management, Sussex University. Clemmie went on to work at the Gardner Arts Centre (now the Attenborough Centre), the Brighton Dome and Festival and at the Arts Council England, firstly in the Lottery Communications Department and then the Dance Department. She was also an assessor for the Artsmark scheme.

She graduated from City University's Centre for Charity Effectiveness Voluntary Sector Leadership Programme with an MSc (Distinction) in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment in 2011. She holds a Certificate in Fundraising from the IOF and is a Fellow of the IAM. In January 2016 she became Chair of the ACO Small Charities Group.

In April 2017, Clemmie became a trustee of the Association of Charitable Organisations.


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. Since October 2016 Julie has also been a volunteer at Eat or Heat, Walthamstow’s local food bank.


Carmel Miedziolka - Charities Officer at The Skinners Benevolent Trust

Carmel has over 25 years leadership experience in the charity, voluntary and public sectors, developing and delivering grant programmes and social care services with wide experience of specialist services and commissioning new services for vulnerable people.

Carmel is CEO of the Skinners Almshouse' Charity and Charities Officer for The Skinners Company which is one of the ‘Great Twelve’ livery companies of London and a major not-for-profit organisation involved in running schools, sheltered housing and grant programmes for individuals, educational institutions, and a wide range of small organisations throughout the UK. They also provide support through involvement with the Mayoralty and Corporation of London and through sponsorship of affiliated organisations. The Company has a particular focus in the areas of West Kent, the City of London and the Boroughs of Camden, Enfield, Hackney and Hounslow - where it has strong historic roots.





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