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Meet the trustees who run the Alec Dickson Trust.

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Adebisi Desalu

Trustee

Adebisi is an Executive Support Manager at Leap Confronting Conflict which is a charity that supports young people in care, prisons or excluded from school to manage conflict in their lives.

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In her role she ensures excellent Trustee Board and Senior management performance as well as manages HR, business planning and organisational reporting. Before that she spent 4 years working in Students Unions in HR. She is really excited to be part of Alec Dickson Trust as she believes in the potential of young people to make real change in their communities. In her spare time Adebisi mentors young girls in primary schools, travels Europe with her husband and loves going to the cinema and theatre.

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Alissa Marie Churchyard

Chair of Trustees

Alissa is Senior Philanthropy Manager at WaterAid, leading the Philanthropy Team to raise six and seven figure gifts from philanthropists, charitable trusts, and statutory organisations to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to clean water, safe sanitation and improved hygiene practices by 2030.

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Alissa is charged with transforming WaterAid’s philanthropy srategy in order to achieve exponential growth to help WaterAid achieve its mission of Everyone, Everywhere by 2030. Previously she worked as a Major Giving Manager for the NSPCC, where she raised in excess of £10m in just 2 years. Before this she was Senior Development Officer for Raleigh International where managed Raleigh’s involvement in Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2014/15, and successfully set up a their major giving programme. She has been a Trustee of the Alec Dickson Trust since November 2015.

In her spare time, Alissa is a keen gym bunny (especially yoga), a book worm, an aspiring cook, and enjoys nothing more than helping others and volunteering her time for good causes. Alissa is currently training for the London Marathon, and is a Silverline volunteer befriender.

Alissa loves being a trustee of the Alec Dickson Trust because each and every applicant inspires her with their passion and determination to make a difference to their communities. She loves receiving updates from people the trust has supported, and hopes to hear from you soon!

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Jacob Dobias

Trustee

Jacob works in the Strategy Team at WaterAid international as Project Co-ordinator, where he supports the federation's global level monitoring, evaluation and reporting, organisational development and project co-ordination.

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In his position in the Strategy Team at WaterAid International,  Jacob works closely with senior management and the Board of Trustees. He has been a Trustee of the Alec Dickson Trust since November 2016 and enjoys reading through the innovative and interesting applications sent to the trust from across the UK, and seeing how they make a difference to the people and communities they impact.
In his spare time, Jacob leisurely intersts are travelling and running. He’s personal educational interests involve politics, water issues, the environment and learning new languages.
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James Cochrane

Trustee

James currently works for Cancer Research UK in their Philanthropy and Partnerships directorate.

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Having recently graduated from the University of Sheffield, James enjoys spending time outdoors playing football, cycling (and when the weather doesn’t permit) going to the gym.

James is delighted to be a Trustee of the Alec Dickson Trust, is excited by the opportunity to make a difference and looks forward to reading all of your applications.

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Katrina Wilson

Deputy Chair of Trustrees

Katrina works at WaterAid where she manages grants from institutional donors for projects in Asia and Africa. She is the current Deputy Chair of the Alec Dickson Trust and has been on the board since July 2015.

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Katrina has been a trustee 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 lived in Paris for a year, volunteered in Madagascar and has travelled to almost every continent doing crazy activities like sky diving, shark cage diving and kayaking in an estuary full of crocodiles!

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Lana Quaid

Trustee

Lana is a Major Gifts Manager at Cancer Research UK, specialising in raising significant donations from generous philanthropists, trusts and foundations to help cure cancer.

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Part of Lana’s role is to really get to know the supporters that she works with so she can ensure each individuals journey with the charity is unique and tailored to them. Prior to this Lana was a Major Gifts Fundraiser at the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children).

Lana joined the Alec Dickson Trust as a trustee in March 2014, became Chair of the trustees in July 2015 stepping down in January 2017. She absolutely loves hearing about all of the fantastic volunteering projects other young people are passionately supporting in their communities. She finds each application truly inspiring and is always impressed by the innovative ideas that are brought forward.

Lana is a classically trained opera singer, performing in various amateur dramatic shows and concerts throughout the year. She has been known to have a number of wardrobe malfunctions whilst on stage including losing her wig and her skirt!

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Laura Foster

Trustee

Laura currently works as the Opportunities and Development manager at the London School of Economics Students’ Union, where she is responsible for the delivery and development of skills training, student activities and volunteer experience and recognition.

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Laura is passionate about youth development, and believes that volunteering opportunities are vital to developing people personally, as well as the community they volunteer in. She has been a trustee of the Alec Dickson Trust since December 2016.

In her spare time, Laura likes to travel, read, walk, and watch cricket/most live sport.

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Liam Tedds

Trustee

Liam currently works in the Standards team for the Independent Press Standards Organisation, the regulatory body for UK's newspaper and magazine industry.

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Liam currently works in the Standards team for the Independent Press Standards Organisation, the regulatory body for UK’s newspaper and magazine industry. His main work involves working with publishers directly and analysing trends in complaints to ensure that the standards expected of the press are being met. Previously, Liam has worked in in strategy and policy for Councils and in the third sector.

Outside of work, he’s a keen traveller and gig-goer and is an amateur marathon runner in training.
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Max Horwood

Trustee

Max is the Account Executive in the Bobby Moore Fund team at Cancer Research UK who aim to raise vital funds for bowel cancer research.

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Previously he has interned in the Health Community Engagement team and worked as a Fundraising Coordinator in the Philanthropy & Partnerships directorate. His passion for working in the health charity sector stems from his university studies of Psychology and specialising in Health Psychology.

Outside of work, Max is an avid Manchester United supporter – he loves to watch the ‘beautiful game’! He enjoys socialising with his friends and loved ones over a good old drink.

Being on the Trustee board at ADT is an honour. Seeing young people put forward such innovative ideas to engage young volunteers is inspirational and so rewarding.

 

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Mika Brenan

Trustee

Mika Brenan is currently a Major Gifts Events Executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, helping to engage and thank individuals who give large gifts to fund the work and redevelopment of the hospital.

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Mika Brenan is currently a Major Gifts Events Executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, helping to engage and thank individuals who give large gifts to fund the work and redevelopment of the hospital. Mika has been a trustee of the Alec Dickson Trust since January 2014. She always looks forward to reading the applications from young people across the UK who are making a real difference in their local communities and loves seeing projects getting the funding they need.

Before she started full time work, Mika was an avid traveller. She spent a year living in Singapore, volunteered in India, made it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and led a group of volunteers to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

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Nikki Clegg

Trustee

Nikki is Portfolio Officer at the Big Lottery Fund in the UK Funding Team; supporting and delivering aspects of the UK Portfolio and developing new initiatives and areas of funding.

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Having recently completed a Master’s Degree in Leadership for Sustainable Development with Forum for the Future, Nikki has in-depth knowledge and practical experience of helping to foster sustainable social change. Nikki has worked for business, government and public sector organisations, helping them to understand their operating context and identify potential places to intervene in order to have a greater impact and align with their purpose.

As a keen vegetarian, Nikki enjoys cooking and trying new recipes as well as hunting out new independent cafes and restaurants making delicious and healthy food. She also loves walking in the great out-doors and dressmaking with sustainable and ethically made fabrics. 

Nikki loves being a Trustee at Alec Dickson as it allows her to stay in touch with people and communities that are really making a difference and coming up with fantastic and inspiring new ideas to solve big problems and address real needs in society. 
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Tom Clark

Trustee

Tom works in passenger services for Menzies on behalf of British Airways, having recently left school, educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh.

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Tom is also heavily involved in the charitable world, currently acting as an ambassador for Oxfam, UNICEF, and the British Airways and Comic Relief Charity Flying Start.
 
Tom is a new member to the Alec Dickson Trust, joining in December 2016, though has enjoyed becoming involved, believing that promoting youth volunteering has great potential to help so much in the long run. He enjoys considering and thinking about applications and how they could help local communities as well as those volunteering, especially those that have had time, effort, and passion put into them.
Tom enjoys sport, especially Football and Cricket, and likes the prospect of travelling and seeing the world and its varying cultures. He is looking into further education at university in the coming months, with an interest in politics and international relations.

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.