We are led by a dedicated, experienced and voluntary board of trustees.
LORD DAVID BLUNKETT
David Blunkett was awarded a peerage in the dissolution Honours List in 2015, taking the title of Lord Blunkett, of Brightside and Hillsborough in the City of Sheffield. David was Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough 1987-2015, and a member of Tony Blair’s Cabinet for eight years from 1997. He served as Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
He is currently a Professor of Politics in Practice at the University of Sheffield and Chair of the Board of the University of Law, along with roles with Heathrow and a number of other bodies. He is involved in a range of voluntary and charitable organisations locally and nationally.
He is an avid supporter of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. Married, with four sons and three step daughters, he enjoys the countryside, reading and good food.
GERRY GRIFFIN (Chair)
ALEX MINFORD (Treasurer)
Alex is Trustee / Treasurer for a group of small charities. He is a Chartered Accountant (Fellow of the ICAEW) with 35 years’ experience in audit and in business. In July 2020 he retired as Head of Control & Risk Assurance, RELX PLC.
Alex has significant experience of: working through major business and organisational change; working in and leading teams to innovate and deliver quality output; working and communicating across complex organisational and functional boundaries; applying business knowledge to deliver practical solutions to technical, compliance and governance problems. He worked for RELX (formerly Reed Elsevier) for 26 years in a variety of finance, operational and risk management roles. RELX is a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.
He has been involved, at Trustee level, with charitable organisations
Futureversity – Tower Hamlets based charity providing non formal education and skills-based training with a particular focus on school holidays.
Aston Mansfield – Charity based in Newham (East London) providing a wide range of community development support and activities. I have served as Treasurer and Trustee since 2016
Foundation for Social Improvement (Treasurer and Trustee since 2018) – capacity building support network for small UK charities
Play Action International (formerly (Treasurer and Trustee - appointed in 2020) – creating opportunities for disadvantaged children to learn and develop through play
In addition to his work as a trustee of the FSI, Garreth is Chief of Staff at the Global Innovation Fund. He previously worked at 10 Downing Street, where he advised the Prime Minister on strategic national and international personnel issues, and on business and trade policy issues. He joined No 10 from the Cabinet Office Partnerships Team, where he worked with partners in the UK and globally on cross-sector collaboration and social programmes. Prior to joining government, he worked at the FSI as Head of Policy and Communications, where he had the pleasure to work with hundreds of the UK’s small charities.
DR NOORZAMAN RASHID
Noorzaman is Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors, the professional body focussed on improving life, wellbeing and performance through engineering, technology, physiology and psychology.
He has held several "c" suite roles in professional services and technology firms including Harvey Nash Group PLC, Norman Broadbent ( part of BNB Resources PLC) and ATKearney/EDS . Noorzaman has always contributed to a wide range of charities in a pro bono capacity in parallel with his executive career.
He is currently Chair of Play Action International, The Prime Masters Association, The EDI Group for Professional Associations Research Network. Previous Chair roles include Entrepreneurs In Action, Futureversity ,Head Teachers in Industry and E-ACT one of the first Multi-Academy Trusts. He is Board Adviser to a wide range of businesses and institutions including the Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development. At The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, he chaired the International Board .He is a Past Master of the Livery Company for Management Consultants and Member of the Goldsmith's Livery Company.
Noorzaman joined FSI as a strategy adviser and to help develop FSI's services to more closely meet the needs of its 8,000 small charity members.
Rachel Rose is a Global Head of Talent and Executive coach with over 15 years of coaching and senior management experience, gained in global, blue chip organisations across a number of different industries.
Rachel enjoys working with teams and individuals, in order to ignite their purpose and passion to achieve extraordinary results. She enjoys challenging leaders’ thinking patterns whilst championing authenticity.
Rachel first encountered the FSI as a client in the corporate world, looking for meaningful ways to develop key executives, whilst giving back to society at the same time. Since then, she has championed the FSI’s Emerging Executives programme, which she describes as a “win, win, win” for small charities, the FSI and corporates. She has taken a keen interest in the FSI for several years, eventually joining as a trustee in 2019.
Rachel lives in south London with her husband and son and loves to travel all over the world when conditions allow!
Barbara is a Leadership and Organisation Development Coach; part time PhD student; and qualified Mindfulness Teacher. Additionally, this year she has been volunteering as a NHS coach for staff effected by Covid 19.
She is qualified to use a range of psychometric tools, advises on HR best practice, and has international experience of working in some of the world's most disadvantaged countries (most recently Afghanistan, South Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Bangladesh). Her career milestones include teaching secondary school English Literature up to A level, 5 years military service in the Royal Army Educational Corps, an MSc in Psychology, Board positions in Charities and Corporations, and being a CIPD keynote speaker.
Barbara has been a trustee of the FSI for 10 years and has a particular interest staff welfare, morale and engagement. Previously she was a trustee for 7 years for the Priors Court Foundation which provides schooling for children on the autistic spectrum who have complex needs.