ACF trustees


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



Jessica Brown, chair (interim)

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 (interim)

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.



David Renton, treasurer

David has been elected a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and is taking over as Estates Bursar in September 2021. He will look after the College’s £500m endowment which is invested in a globally diversified portfolio of multi asset class funds and a significant UK wide property portfolio. Prior to this he was Executive Director of Finance and Investment at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation for 10 years.



Nick Acland

Nick Acland has been the Director of the Henry Smith Charity since 2012 having previously served for five years as a Trustee of the Charity. Prior to this, his career was in the manufacturing sector working in the specialist paper industry and most recently running his own business supplying the events and leisure industries.



Sufina Ahmad MBE

Sufina is Director of the John Ellerman Foundation, a grant-maker in the arts, environment and social action. She is currently completing an Executive MBA course at Warwick Business School. Before joining the Foundation, Sufina worked in corporate strategy and performance at the City of London Corporation. She has previously worked for the National Lottery Community Fund and City Bridge Trust, in strategy, policy and stakeholder relations roles. Sufina has also held service delivery and development roles working in charities supporting adults with learning disabilities and older people mainly. Sufina holds trusteeships with Just for Kids Law, We Belong and The Charterhouse. She previously volunteered with the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, as Chair of their Expert Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and is now an honorary Fellow of the Institute.



Andrew Barnett OBE

Andrew Barnett is Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK branch. He was a founding director of the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) and played a major role in establishing the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition and the Campaign to End Loneliness. He is chair of trustees of the Church Urban Fund and senior independent member at Healthwatch England.


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.




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.



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.