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 is an experienced philanthropy advisor, senior leader and trustee with a career spanning 30 years across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Head of individual and corporate philanthropy at Queen’s University Belfast, Siofra was previously director of philanthropy and communications at the Community Foundation Northern Ireland, where she led on philanthropy services and development for a range of local and national funders in Northern Ireland. Síofra has worked across a number of issues with communities including homelessness, youth, education and health. A board member of Bryson Care, a large social enterprise in NI, Síofra’s passion is connecting people to causes that matter and she enjoys walking and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.




Moray McConnachie, chair of the finance and risk committee

Moray is the executive director of operations at Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation, where he leads on finance, systems, grants processing, governance/legal and admin/facilities functions. He started his career in IT before moving to operations management in the private sector and has held a variety of senior IT and management roles, both client-facing and internal. Moray is passionate about bringing people, processes and systems together to deliver measurable results.




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 Right Start 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 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 has worked with and for the charitable sector for several years, although she has recently taken up a new role as operations manager of Hackney Money Hub at London Borough of Hackney. She is an experienced impact strategist and business improvement specialist, passionate about working with social purpose organisations to support them to maximise their impact on positive social change. She was until recently Head of Innovation and Impact at Glasspool Charity Trust, and past consultancy clients include Southern Housing, Versus Arthritis, Bromley By Bow Centre and Quaker Social Action. 



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 a diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging specialist working in trusts and foundations, and the broader charitable sector. They are currently the DEIB manager for Young Lives vs Cancer and have a background in law and supporting disabled people through 15 years of working at disabled people's user-led organisations.


Jamie Ward-Smith MBE

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.