James Odling-Smee | Chair | Director of Communications, London Councils

I have worked in public sector communications for over 20 years with a focus on strategic communications and public affairs in local government. I presently work as Director of Communications for London Councils which represents and serves London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London Corporation.

I’m also a qualified yoga instructor. It was in this role that I first came to learn about the work of FfC, teaching a class of trainees taking FfC’s NEXT Project course. I was and continue to be deeply impressed by the changes that trainees are able to make in their lives and by the commitment of FfC to helping them do so.


Caroline Simmons | Treasurer | Deputy Head of Investment, UBS 

I am an Executive Director and financial strategist at UBS Wealth Management, where I carry out investment analysis on the UK equity and real estate markets. I have been in financial research for 17 years and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst ®charter in 2006. My background in financial analysis enables me to have the financial literacy and knowledge to be the Treasurer for Foundation for Change. I was honoured to join the trustee board of FfC in October 2016, having been impressed by the quality of the results this small but impactful charity offers.


Caroline East | Secretary | Strategy Consultant

I bring experience of the non-profit, consultancy and public sectors to my role as trustee. I have a special interest in SME growth and strategy which I bring in helping Foundation for Change look at its growth, longer term strategy and impact. I joined as a trustee after being impressed with the tangible and lasting impact of the FfC courses and their desire to really redefine the mould of charities working with addiction.


Ellie Besley-Gould | Director, The Greenish

I've been working in NGOs for 13 years and specialise in fundraising and strategy - raising a combination of grant, philanthropy and investment income for charitable projects and renewable energy companies. I founded the organisation, The Greenishand sit on the advisory board at CAF Venturesome. I became a trustee at FfC after seeing the disparity between the status quo and the impact which the FfC approach can have in person. I've been consistently impressed at the significant changes which FfC trainees are able to make to their lives following their time with the organisation. 


Clifford Atkins | Corporate Lawyer

I have been a corporate lawyer for 40 years with a continuing interest in charity, community and pro bono work. I was a director of a community project for a number of years and also instrumental in creating a reading scheme at a Tower Hamlets school where I am a governor. I bring a range of legal expertise and experience to Foundation for Change to assist in how it operates and expands its inspirational programmes and activities.


Matt Clack | Local Government

I have worked in local councils across London for over 15 years, supporting elected councillors to scrutinise public services and helping people get involved in local decision making. For the past 6 years I worked in Public Health, developing strategies to promote mental wellbeing and address the social determinants of ill health. I have led major grantgiving programmes, have supported voluntary sector organisations to test new approaches to tackling complex health issues. I joined FfC as I wholly believe in their approach to increasing people's sense of their own potential, and addressing trauma as a cause of their issues.


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