Our board of trustees is essential to the smooth-running of CFG. We value the wide range of expertise and insight they bring from their vast experience across the charity sector.

Gary Forster

Gary joined Publish What You Fund as CEO in July 2018 after taking a career break to travel with his wife. Before this he was the CEO of the INGO Transaid from 2011 until 2017 having joined the organisation as a volunteer in 2006. With a background in logistics from his time at Procter and Gamble, and qualifications in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Gary has spent much of his career designing, implementing and evaluating health programmes throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Stella Smith

Stella is an independent consultant specializing in leadership and strategy in the charity sector. Since setting up her practice in 2006, she has worked with a wide range of organisations, from large household names to small community groups in the UK, Europe and Africa.  

Her career started as an English teacher first in Greece and then with VSO in China before going on to work in strategy and change management at RNIB and Centrepoint.   She has been a trustee with VSO and Chair of Y-Gen, a north London charity focused on developing life skills for young people. She has written numerous articles and guides on charity sector management and is currently a columnist for Third Sector magazine.

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin joined the Board in December 2018.

Kevin joined the not for profit sector in July 2016 as Director of Finance & Corporate Resources at Young Lives vs Cancer (formerly CLIC Sargent) – the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. Kevin’s key areas of responsibility are finance, technology, property & facilities, risk & assurance and data governance. Before joining the sector, Kevin held various finance roles in several large, global and multinational corporates (in manufacturing, trading and property), most latterly as Head of Finance for Grosvenor’s London Estate across Mayfair and Belgravia. Kevin Is CIMA qualified.

Kelly Ryder

Kelly is Head of Finance for the Orchard Trust, a charity based in the Forest of Dean who support adults with learning and physical disabilities to live independent and fulfilled lives.

Prior to this, Kelly worked for many years in the financial services industry and then in finance for a global manufacturing company, where she obtained her AAT qualification.

This is Kelly’s first trustee role and she is passionate about using it to serve CFG members and also to increase awareness of the challenges faced by charities in the social care sector. 

Mwiza Mkandawire

Mwiza is the Head of Finance and Administration at Transaid, an INGO where she has been since 2019. Prior to that she worked at arts charity Artsadmin Ltd for 11 years. Mwiza is a qualified chartered accountant and a CFG Inspiring Financial Leadership Alumni. Before joining Artsadmin Ltd in 2008 she worked with various organisations in both the commercial and charity sectors in Malawi. She has excellent knowledge and understanding of charity finance and is a trustee of two arts charities.

Angela Linton

Angela is Chief Operating Officer at The National Foundation for Youth Music. Angela has a breadth of experience working in charitable organisations across the cultural sector.

As well as having had previous experience of being a trustee and undertaking company secretary duties, Angela is a member of the Living Wage Foundation, Third Sector Steering Committee and actively advocates for the payment of the real living wage.

Angela is committed to equality of opportunity and supporting emerging leaders develop their leadership skills, knowledge and personal confidence.  

Tim Nicholls

Tim is Director of Finance and Resources/Company Secretary at The Arts Society based in Central London. He is also Chairman of North Kent Volunteer Centre.

Tim has held senior finance positions within the charity sector for over ten years. Previous to his move to the charity sector, he enjoyed a successful career in the NHS.

Until 2021, Tim was an elected Council Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Hugh Wallace

Hugh Wallace is Chief Information Officer at Research Data Scotland, a charity focused on enabling access to public sector data about people, places and businesses.

Prior to that he led a high-profile programme to deliver a common payments platform in Scottish Government and support digital service development within Scotland’s Social Security agency. His previous roles include leading the digital teams at Oxfam and National Museums Scotland, as well as heading up the design function in a digital agency.