Our Trustees

We are led by a dedicated, experienced and voluntary board of trustees. 

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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.

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GERRY GRIFFIN (Chair)

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ALEX MINFORD (Treasurer)

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GARETH SPILLANE

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.

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DR NOORZAMAN RASHID        

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RACHEL ROSE             

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! 
 

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BARBARA WATKINSON

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.

She has a grown-up family and lives in Berkshire.
 

The Foundation for Social Improvement. 68 Lombard Street. London.EC3V 9LJ

UK Charity Registration Number: 1123384

(+44) 20 8142 5147

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