Over the last 20-years, I’ve been dedicated to working and volunteering with organisations that are seeking to make the world around them a better, fairer and more just place. Through this endeavour I’ve held leadership roles at The Big Issue in the North, The Big Life group, The Big Issue South West and the British Red Cross. I’ve also spent eight years providing organisational and leadership development support to charities and social enterprises, ranging in scale from pre-start to £200 million per year, across a wide range of development areas and addressing many social, cultural and environmental issues.
It’s an absolute honour and privilege to lead Longleigh. I’m committed to bringing my years of service delivery experience into the funding arena to ensure Longleigh is a welcome and exciting part of the continual innovation and improvement required from funders. Our role is to better serve those inspirational organisations working on the frontline to enable transformation in the lives of individuals and communities and this demands that we are transformative in our work too.
I have over 10 years’ experience in the Charity sector, in both frontline and management roles, working in a variety of specialities including substance misuse, mental health support and child protection. Before coming to Longleigh, I was working in a grants’ management role supporting Veterans and their families. I’m passionate about developing and running grants programmes that are tailored for the individual and that support a wide range of circumstances and situations people face in their day to day lives.
I’m proud to work for Longleigh – we’re a funder that really ‘puts people first’ and we’re using our funding to enrich the lives of individuals and communities within the social housing sector.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working as an auditor in the charity department at BDO LLP for eight years. As well as statutory audits, I also worked for the outsourcing department where I gained experience preparing accounts and completing internal control and governance reviews. Over the past six years I have been Finance Manager at two children’s charities, where I have had responsibility for the charity’s finances and operations, such as IT, HR and data protection.
I enjoy working at Longleigh as the staff and trustee team work closely together, show a real passion for our mission and truly care about how our funding can best help transform the lives of our beneficiaries.
I’m originally from South Africa and have now been in the UK for five years. I’ve held a range of administrative roles, including within the banking, legal and commercial sectors.
I thoroughly enjoy my role at Longleigh as I have always enjoyed working with people and my dream was to be able to help wherever I could. Working at Longleigh gives me great satisfaction when I can see how lives are being transformed through the Individual Grants we provide to individuals and their families.