Trustees and staff

Simon Hebditch (Chair): Simon has worked in the voluntary and community sector for many years, specialising in policy analysis, strategic planning, campaigning and external relations. Simon was Chief Executive of Capacitybuilders, a public agency which dispensed grants to voluntary organisations to help increase their efficiency and effectiveness, from February 2006 to March 2008. Previously, Simon was External Affairs Director at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and Assistant Director of NCVO. Simon has also been a Trustee of Reach Volunteering and Chair of the Small Charities Coalition.

Laura Solomons (Trustee): Laura is Head of Donor Relations at The Sutton Trust, a foundation which improves social mobility in the UK through evidence-based programmes, research and policy advocacy. She has previously held fundraising roles at Anthony Nolan, Scope and School-Home Support. She provides small charities with free fundraising consultancy through Raise Your Hands and acts as a mentor for solo charity fundraisers. You can read an interview Laura gave on being a Trustee here.  

Anne Young (Trustee): Anne is Director of Strategy and Innovation for the National Lottery Heritage Fund, leading on strategy, research, and social investment. She has previously worked in policy and strategy for the Fund, developing programmes focused on inspiring philanthropy in heritage and putting culture at the heart of place-making. Before joining the Fund, she worked in fundraising and publishing at the British Library. She has lived in Brixton and Herne Hill for over 30 years. 

Rachel Oglethorpe (Director): Rachel is Director of Peter Minet Trust and Idlewild Trust.  Rachel previously worked in fundraising and held senior positions at English National Opera, NSPCC and Tate, where she was Head of Membership in London, Liverpool and St Ives. Rachel is Convenor of the Association of Charitable Foundation’s Small Funders Network and is also a Committee member and volunteer Librarian of the Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra based in South London.

The Trustee Board is now independent, with no links to the Minet family.

We're recruiting three new trustees