Mary Rose Gunn

Chief Executive

Mary Rose Gunn, Chief Executive, has been running Bulldog Trust, the umbrella organisation for The Fore, since 2007. In 2012 she won support from the Golden Bottle Trust to pilot The Fore’s innovative funding model and has been driving the expansion of the programme ever since. She has designed, resourced and delivered a range of programmes for the Bulldog Trust including the Winter Exhibition Programme at Two Temple Place and the Engaging Experience philanthropy network.

Prior to joining the Bulldog Trust, Mary Rose worked in politics and the media and has a degree in Modern History from Lincoln College, Oxford. She is a Trustee of the Margaret Pyke Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2018 she was named as one of the Pioneers Post’s 100 Women In Social Enterprise.

She is a sought after speaker and has written or contributed to numerous articles, interviews and podcasts including through Pioneers Post, Third Sector and Evening Standard on the state of the social sector and the role of venture philanthropy in addressing society’s social challenges.

 

Audrey Slade

Director of Partnerships

Audrey Slade, Director of Partnerships, joined The Fore in September 2017. Prior to starting at The Fore, Audrey was a strategy consultant to charities and social enterprises. Previously she held leadership positions in the economic development agencies of both London and New York City. Earlier in her career she worked in banking and corporate finance. Audrey holds degrees from Columbia University and Yale University.

Outside of work, Audrey is a keen reader and also spends a lot of her time mentoring and supporting small charities and social enterprises.

Ugo Ikokwu

Programme Director

Ugo joined The Fore in May 2019. Prior to that, he spent six years working at Social Investment Business (SIB) a social investment intermediary across a number of roles that included portfolio and relationship management, capital raising and deal origination, research and business development where he was also responsible for managing the design and development of SIB’s new social Investment funds and grant programmes such as the Enterprise Development Programme (EDP), Pioneer and Prosper Programme (P & P) and the East London Impact Fund (ELIF).

Outside of work, he was previously chair of London+ Acumen chapter and is the Chair of the Alpha Grove Community Centre. He also sits on the RemitFund Investment Committee, Weka Advisory Board and is a co-opted school governor.

Ugo is passionate about social justice and the role of finance/business as a force for good.

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Toby Gill

Research and Communications Officer

Toby joined The Fore initially as a Programme Assistant in January 2018, after a year of volunteer work and travel, before being promoted to our Research and Communications Officer. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in History, and recently completed his Masters in International Relations at Cambridge University.

He is responsible for supporting the design and implementation of research and knowledge generation activities across our programmes; data analysis; undertaking rigorous literature searches and reviews; authoring, editing and producing communication materials in a wide range of formats, and for managing our website and social media presence.

Sinmi Kesinro

Programme Coordinator

Sinmi joined The Fore in September 2019 from Credit Suisse where she was responsible for managing community partner relationships, employee engagement for all programmatic volunteering opportunities and CS’s flagship volunteering programme.

Sinmi graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in law and sociology.

Outside of work, she enjoys delivering social mobility programmes and mentoring to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to prepare them for higher education or work.

Tim Hillyer

Finance Director

Tim started at Two Temple Place in August 2018 following 9 years in a comparable role at a similar sized charity. He is a qualified Management Accountant (FCMA) and worked previously as Finance Director and Operations Director in the retail sector, print media and sport. He is currently an elected member of the supervisory board of a League One football club.

Maria Tarokh

Programme Manager

Maria joined The Fore in February 2020 as Programme Manager. Prior to joining The Fore, she spent two years at Social Investment Business (SIB) working across the grants and research team, where she helped to build out SIB’s research and advisory practice. She produced and co-authored the organisation’s first large scale internal research project ‘Strength in numbers’. She also worked on several research and evaluation projects, most notably with the Healthy London Partnership and Power to Change.

After leaving SIB, Maria spent some time travelling across South America, before returning to the UK to work as the Production Manager for a performing arts NGO, working on arts outreach to refugees and marginalised communities.

Maria holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies, specialising in gender, from SOAS. She speaks French, Spanish and Persian. Outside of work, she is a keen dancer, trained professionally in ballet and contemporary dance.

She is passionate about supporting small, grass roots charities and social sector organisations.