ACF trustees


ACF is governed by its Trustee Board, all of whom are drawn from, and elected by, the ACF membership.



Jessica Brown, chair

Jessica Brown has over 17 years’ experience working with the charitable sector, trusts and foundations in the UK and US. Her recent experience is in leadership positions across the charitable, social enterprise and philanthropy sectors. She is currently the Grants Director at the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, and was previously a Fund Manager at the Barrow Cadbury Trust.



Síofra Healy, vice-chair

Síofra has over 30 years experience in the voluntary sector. She is Director of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation Northern Ireland since 2017 where she leads on philanthropy services, the promotion and development of philanthropy, funding strategy and communications. She previously worked with a number of local and national charities including The Simon Community, The Princes Trust and Northern Ireland Hospice.

A mum of four Síofra is also a board member of Bryson Care, a large social enterprise in NI and she enjoys walking and catching up with friends in her spare time.



Jamie Ward-Smith MBE, treasurer

Jamie is Chair of the Co-op Foundation, the charity of the Co-op retail group and a leading funder in tackling youth loneliness. A social entrepreneur known for innovation in volunteerism, youth empowerment and digital transformation Jamie is passionate advocate for how technology can enable community change. Jamie co-founded, the UK’s first digital volunteering service, which they ran for nine years and served as CEO of Do IT Foundation, a digitally-powered grant-maker that supports small and micro voluntary organisations, which they set up in 2018. Previous roles include Assistant Director, Community Participation at the Home Office and Marketing & Communications Director for online youth advice charity, The Mix. Jamie is also a Trustee of the mental health charity, London Cyrenians Housing.



Rupert Abbott

Rupert Abbott is the Executive Director of GiveOut, the international LGBTQI community foundation. He has over 15 years of experience in human rights and developing not-for-profit organisations. He co-founded the human rights experts’ hub RightsStart and has held senior roles with the Human Rights House Foundation, Amnesty International, the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. Rupert is a member of the Advisory Board at the Future Forum think tank in Southeast Asia and a member of the Supervisory Board of Climate Counsel, which pursues environmental and climate justice through international criminal law.



Sufina Ahmad MBE

Sufina is director of John Ellerman Foundation. She previously worked in corporate strategy and performance at the City of London Corporation. She has also worked for the National Lottery Community Fund and City Bridge Foundation in grant-making, strategy and policy roles. She is a Grants Committee Member for Youth Futures Foundation and an honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, having chaired their Expert Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Sufina was awarded an MBE for charitable services in 2020 and finished an Executive MBA programme with a specialism in Strategic Leadership in 2022. Sufina is also a trustee for We Belong and The Charterhouse.




Sarah Benioff

Sarah joined the Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving as Director in September 2019. Cripplegate Foundation is a 500 year-old local grant making trust in Islington, and Islington Giving is a coalition of local, regional and national funders, residents, businesses and voluntary organisations focused on poverty and inequality in the Borough. Prior to this, Sarah worked for the National Lottery Community Fund from 2016 to 2019, as England Director and previously as Deputy Director for Strategic Programmes. Sarah was also a Director in the Civil Service for over ten years, holding senior positions with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Office for Civil Society (OCS) in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Sarah was also formerly the Chief Executive of the Community Development Foundation, a non-departmental public body and charity.




Rachel Campbell

Rachel Campbell has been working within the Scottish charity sector since 2009. She is the Director of The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust, an endowed trust which gives grants to charities operating in Scotland working across several funding themes. Through values-led leadership, Rachel seeks to offer creative and effective grant making which supports charities to bring forward best practice and to deliver on their ambitions to make a difference.



Emily Crawford 

Emily joined Glasspool Charity Trust in August 2021 as Head of Innovation and Impact. Her background is in evaluation consultancy and research, working with social purpose organisations. Since joining Glasspool, she has completed a major structured evaluation of Glasspool’s primary grants programme, Essential Living Fund, supported the senior leadership and the Board through a strategic review process and is leading the implementation of a new grant programme. Emily was the Chair of the Friends of Torridon Primary Parents and Teachers Association for four years and is a Governor at Harris Primary Academy Beckenham Green. 



Stephen Fenning

Stephen Fenning is the Grants Ambassador at Colyer Fergusson Charitable Trust. His role involves grantee engagement and crucially, helping CFCT to reach isolated groups. He is committed to social justice and sits on ITV’s Diversity and Inclusion Panel, helping to ensure representation of all voices on its platform. In previous roles, he promoted the voice of young people, for example as Young People’s Project Coordinator for Fixers UK and continues to now as a trustee of Fixers UK.



Daniela Lloyd-Williams

Daniela has been working in the charitable sector since 2005, focusing on international development. Prior to that she worked for the UN. She is the Director of JAC Trust, a small family foundation that funds communities at the frontline of climate change, specifically forcibly displaced people and the communities that host them.  Daniela is a trustee of the Samworth Foundation, who focus on climate change and child exploitation, a former convenor of ACF’s Smaller Funder Network and has been Governor of a Primary School.  A life-long learner, Daniela completed a MSc in Grantmaking and Philanthropy at Bayes Business School in 2020, she also has a PhD in Agricultural Economics.



Michelle Molyneux

Michelle manages The Worshipful Company of Grocers’ Charity and is the Chair Trustee of an arts and disability charity. She studied art history, philosophy, economics and politics. Over the past 15 years, she has worked at a senior level at creative and cultural organisations supporting socially and politically engaged art practices.



Klara Skrivankova

Klara Skrivankova joined Trust for London in March 2019. She has over 18 years of experience of working on human rights and responsible business within the Third Sector. Klara is a co-founder of the UK Trafficking Law and Policy Forum, and is actively involved with international anti-trafficking and business and human rights initiatives.



Edward Walden

Edward is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager at Power to Change, a charitable trust that supports community businesses across England. Edward has volunteered and worked in the third sector for 15 years with a focus on disability rights within Disabled People’s User Led Organisations in both the North and South of England. Since graduating from the University of Kent with an LLB in Law roles have included advocate, DEI trainer and consultant, employment advisor for disabled people and access auditor.