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Meet the trustees who run the Alec Dickson Trust.

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Akhil Anand

Trustee

Akhil is the Planned Giving Philanthropy Manager for Cancer Research UK. He works with philanthropists and their advisors to build tax effective strategies that maximises the impact of lifetime giving and estate planning.

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When not injured, Akhil spends most of his free time on the sports field and loves to nip across to the olympic pool after work. Having volunteered extensively throughout school and university, he is a firm believer in the power of community service to develop employability skills. As a new trustee in 2021, Akhil is excited to read a diverse range of applications that positively impact marginalised communities. 

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Becky Mutty

Trustee

Becky is currently working as Brand Manager for Rekorderlig Cider at Molson Coors, a beverages, beer and cider company. Becky has spent the last 6 years working in a variety of marketing, advertising and innovation roles on food and drink brands, designing products and experiences for people to enjoy!

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Becky joined the Alec Dickson Trust in 2021 after wanting to balance the corporate life with an impactful volunteering role, using her enthusiasm and experience to help make a difference to young people across the UK. In her spare time, Becky enjoys art and design, hosting parties or exploring new bars and restaurants, dancing away at concerts/ festivals and loves travelling to experience different cultures. She’s looking forward to learning from and working with inspiring, diverse and interesting young people.

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Charlotte Bradshaw

Engagement Officer

Charlotte is currently an Engagement Manager at the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), whose mission is to increase the number and standard of professional qualified managers. Charlotte manages and engages with CMI's external education provider partners.

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Charlotte is passionate about social mobility, and is excited to be joining the trust to support young people and their fantastic projects.

Charlotte loves to travel when possible, including taking trips in her campervan, and she is always trying new crafts, including beadweaving, pottery and knitting.

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Cynthia Uthayakumar

Trustee

Cynthia is currently working as a Policy Officer for the Department for Education, supporting the department's work on schools quality and safeguarding.

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Cynthia holds an MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development from UCL and has previously worked within research both in the private and charitable sector.

Cynthia loves volunteering in her spare time (as well as with her annual leave!), predominantly working with children with serious illnesses and complex disabilities. She is really looking forward to supporting other young people who want to make a difference in their communities through volunteering.

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Eloise Pollard

Trustee

Eloise currently works as a lawyer at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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Before that, she spent two years training at a law firm specialising in Charities and Not for Profits. Eloise also regularly volunteers with organisations in schools  and has been involved with Scouts since she was 7. You can normally find her planning her next camping trip or wishing she’d cleaned her muddy walking boots!

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Emma Bird

Trustee

Emma currently works as an auditor working with large donor bodies and different aspects of grant funding. To try and keep audit slightly more interesting, as part of her job she loves to travel (or used to in non-covid times) and visit weird and wonderful places all over the world.

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She is a Londoner at heart and has always lived there, except for a brief stint for university and a year spent in France.

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Ezra Neil

Chair of Trustees

Ezra is a data analyst in the Cabinet Office, which supports the Prime Minister and ensures the effective running of government. Ezra has worked in a range of analytical teams across government, focussed on ensuring high-quality evidence and analysis supports policy making.

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Outside of work, Ezra volunteers with the Samaritans and is a keen swimmer. He joined the Alec Dickson Trust in 2019 and enjoys seeing the breadth of applications from across the UK.

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Gabrielle Newson

Trustee

Gabrielle works as a Senior Project Manager at Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency. We drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

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Gabrielle loves volunteering in her spare time, most recently as a vaccine centre co-ordinator to ensure the smooth roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine. She also loves volunteering through an organisation called GoodGym, which combines doing good with getting fit. This might include running to visit elderly people who are on their own, or sprucing up public places by gardening, painting, and litter picking. She really enjoys the community spirit fostered by volunteering, and through the Alec Dickson Trust is keen to support more young people get involved in meaningful volunteering opportunities.

When not working or volunteering, she can be found chatting away to friends over a large cup of coffee.

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George Dibble

Treasurer

George is a Consultant at a small, independent economic research and evaluation consultancy based in Birmingham. He evaluates the impact of projects related to higher education, research and innovation

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In his spare time, George is a keen sportsman, playing rugby for his local team and Australian Rules Football for Great Britain. He also loves to cook and play the drums. He is interested in food policy, particularly around waste and sustainability, climate change, and ethical fashion. George has volunteered for homeless charities, the National Trust, and coaches his Australian Rules Football team.

George became a Trustee in January 2018 and is looking forward to seeing what brilliant community volunteering projects people are launching.

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Imogen Gowen

Trustee

Imy is working in the rock n roll word of Adland at a start up media agency, The Bountiful Cow. They avoid falling into the black hole of brief boredom by braving the no man's land between media agencies and creative agencies as a brand strategy agency. Bountiful Cow are based in Holborn if you fancy popping in for a chat.

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Imy believes community volunteering opens up incredible opportunities. She fondly remembers volunteering at the local Memory Café for people with dementia whilst at university, this was two days a week filled with dancing to old fashioned music, cake and a lot of laughter. The opportunity to connect with people from different backgrounds and compare experiences is vital to growing and understanding the world we live in and the Alec Dickson Trust makes that possible.

In her spare time, Imy regrets signing up to half marathons, loves hosting dinner parties, and enjoys trekking. She can often be found in coffee shops frantically trying to finish the month’s book club read.

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James Jobe

Trustee

James is a financial analyst at IHS Markit, a global information provider based in London. He works in the Private Asset Valuation team.

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James is originally from Newcastle upon Tyne and moved to London for university, joining the company he works for after graduation. As a new trustee in 2019, James is excited to join the board and help fund and encourage youth volunteering.

Outside of work, James enjoys travelling and playing/watching sport.

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Jodie Marsden

Trustee

Jodie works in the Development Team at the National Theatre. As Trusts and Foundations Manager, her role involves securing grants for the theatre's productions, community outreach, and education programmes.

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Johnnie Hoogewerf

Trustee

Johnnie is a Philanthropy Manager at NSPCC, a charity whose mission it is to end cruelty to children.

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Johnnie is passionate about enhancing the life chances of young people as his career at NSPCC attests. He has been involved in volunteering in various guises and has seen the benefit it can make to communities. Now, as a Trustee, Johnnie is looking forward to being involved in supporting other young people to volunteer and make a difference to their communities.

Outside of work Johnnie enjoys running, playing football and going to gigs. He is also keen meditator and has been doing it (almost) every day for several years.

Johnnie has been a Trustee of the Alec Dickson Trust since January 2018.

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Katrina Wilson

Trustee

Katrina works at Marie Stopes International where she designs family planning projects in Asia and Africa. She is the current Chair of the Alec Dickson Trust and has been on the board since July 2015.

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Katrina has been a member of the Alec Dickson Trust since July 2015 and really enjoys reading the variety of applications and seeing the projects making a difference in communities across the UK.

Katrina loves sport, art and travelling. She ran the London Marathon, has travelled to almost 40 countries and really enjoys working in international development.

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Monty Karmakharm

Trustee

Monty works for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change as the Project Coordination Manager for the Power Africa Senior Advisors Group programme.

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Monty joined TBI in March 2020, prior to joining Monty ran a mentoring programme at the UK charity New Schools Network. Monty has previously worked overseas, serving as a Programme Associate for Touch Foundation and was based full time in Tanzania. He was responsible for the fourth year implementation of the Rheumatic Heart Disease programme, whilst playing a critical role in phase one of the USAID WISN+POA project. Before relocating to Tanzania, Monty held the role of Schools Engagement Coordinator at Education Employers, where he was responsible for a National Advocacy programme for two years. Monty also holds an MSc in development and has a BA (Hons) degree in Economics for Business.. He has also volunteered and worked abroad in Tanzania, Honduras and Lapland.

Monty has been a Trustee of the Alec Dickson Trust since January 2018.

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Tom Clark

Deputy Chair

Tom is a final year undergraduate, studying towards a Social Science degree. Outside his studies, Tom works as a Data Contractor for Beauhurst and has also taken on a number of voluntary roles.

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Away from work and studies Tom enjoys sport, especially football, cricket, and tennis. He also enjoys getting out and about, making the most of the Scottish outdoors. Tom became a Trustee in 2016. He is currently Deputy Chair, and acted as Board Secretary from 2018 until 2019.


About Alec Dickson Trust

We support young people who, through volunteering or community service, aim to enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.