Karen Irons

Karen is focused on the not for profit sector having had a successful earlier career in investment management. She led the UK Small Company team at Rothschild, with top quartile performance. Her focus on the smallest 10% of the market has given her an insight into successful business and finance models and she is now driven to use this knowledge and experience to help charities develop resilience in both their income and impact.

During a career break, Karen retrained as a landscape architect and founded a small practice with a specific focus on finding solutions for architects in compromised sites. This provided her with an entirely new and creative challenge whilst she needed the flexibility of working from home. The desire to find solutions is the connecting thread. She is now energised by unlocking potential and enabling new ideas for the benefit of all.

Karen has a degree from Cambridge and is a member of the CFA. She is a Charity Trustee, chairing their Strategy Committee and she is also a school governor for a local Primary school.

Elizabeth Harwick

Elizabeth is a consultant UK/EU competition lawyer and EU specialist.  She previously practiced in London and Brussels at Cleary Gottlieb, Shearman & Sterling and Allen & Overy.  She also served as Private Secretary to the Chairman of the UK Competition Commission.  Prior to training as a barrister and then solicitor, she was an international economist and equity market strategist on an award-winning team at S.G. Warburg.  Before moving to the United Kingdom for graduate school, she traversed the United States on a presidential campaign.  Throughout her career, Elizabeth has been strongly committed to pro bono and charity work and has served as a Governor at an East London primary school.

Elizabeth was educated at Smith College and Wadham College, Oxford, where she was also a Lecturer in Economics.

Ian Gethin

Ian initially joined HM Government Economic Service as an economist, before joining Hambros Bank in 1994 in the public sector debt origination team, and subsequently becoming heavily involved in the PFI sector. Ian was one of the founding members of the Secondary Market Infrastructure Fund (SMIF) which subsequently became the largest holder of secondary investments in the UK Government’s PFI programme. Following the sale of SMIF, Ian was appointed as Head of Treasury & Corporate Finance for Land Securities Trillium where he set up the Treasury function and was responsible for debt raising across the company.

Since 2012, Ian has become involved in opportunities in the retail financial services industry following the implementation of the Retail Distribution Review. This has led to Ian becoming a founding partner and director of the Inspire Financial Partners and Raglan Financial Services group which has 5 branches across the country and £200 million of funds under management.

Ian is an adviser to numerous organisations in the social and private sectors. Recent roles have included advising a London-based arts charity on its impact measurement programme, advising an education charity on its social enterprise activities and financial forecasting, and advising a national philanthropic body on its future development and strategy; as well as being chair and non-executive director for a number of individual infrastructure investment companies.

Jerry Loy

Jerry Loy has extensive experience in growing and developing financial service organisations.  He advises the Department of International Trade on the design, implementation and management of a wealth management programme to increase foreign direct investment to the UK and chairs/vice chairs audit committees for two educational establishments in Surrey.  He is also vice chair for the Foyer Federation, a national youth homelessness charity. Previously, Jerry was the Chief Operating Officer at QNB Banque Privée and the Head of Operations and Administration at NBAD Private Bank. Jerry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Rupert Tate

Rupert is a senior investment and charity professional.   With 30 years’ experience across the investment management business, he is currently Business Development Director for a charity and advises a private family office and two start-ups. Rupert formerly worked at Sarasin & Partners LLP and Merrill Lynch, where he covered institutional and private client portfolio management for UK and global clients. Rupert joined The Fore with 10 years’ experience as a Charity Trustee.

Samantha Barber

Samantha Barber is chief executive of Genetic Disorders UK and Tuberous Sclerosis Association. During her career, Samantha has worked in large household name charities, such as Shelter, and very small charities, such as the Batten Disease Family Association. She has complemented this experience with a number of trusteeships. She is currently Chair of Amber Housing, and trustee of both the Royal Air Forces Association and Harrison Housing. As well as experience of fundraising, communications and governance, Samantha has a MSc (Distinction) in Voluntary Sector Management from City Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Debbie Crellin

Debbie has worked in the voluntary sector for the last 35 years – this includes founding one charity, helping to establish another and working as a senior manager in the regional branch of a national charity.  

After working for environmental charities Debbie joined English Partnerships (which became a Regional Development Agency) to manage the Community Investment Fund, a grant fund for community buildings which involved providing advice and support to applicants.

Debbie has appraised grant applications, written investment papers, and established regional business support and worked on national business support for the sector. She went onto develop a £10.5 million public sector investment into Charity Bank which continues to be used as loan funds in Yorkshire and The Humber.

In 2008 Debbie founded Crellin Consulting to help charities and social enterprises to grow, recently focusing on feasibility studies and social impact management /evaluation. 

 Debbie has undertaken several Trustee roles and is currently a Trustee of a local young people’s charity.

Marianne Black

Marianne trained and practised in the UK and Hong Kong as an insolvency lawyer with Allen & Overy after which she was the Practice Manager for the Clifford Chance China offices, focusing on recruitment, training and communications. She has extensive charitable board experience with a particular interest and expertise in governance and strategy. She has been a trustee of mental health, disability and educational charities for 13 years and chaired the board of 2 charities. She was awarded an MBE for her services to British Education Overseas in 2017 for her chairmanship of the board of The British School In Tokyo. After moving back to the UK in 2017, she joined the board of Enham Trust, a regional disability charity, where she is responsible for Safeguarding as well as a member of the Governance Working Group. She has been an assessor for the Fore Trust since January 2020.