Mary Rose Gunn
Mary Rose Gunn, is Founder and Chief Executive of The Fore. Mary Rose has run The Bulldog Trust, the umbrella organisation for The Fore, since 2007. During this time she has designed, resourced and delivered a range of programmes including opening the trust’s stunning neo-gothic headquarters, Two Temple Place, to the public through a successful annual exhibition programme and a four year pilot of The Fore’s innovative, charity-led funding model.
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 INTBAU 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. In 2020 she became a Commissioner on the Law Family Commission on Civil Society chaired by Lord Gus O’Donnell and set up by Pro Bono Economics to look at the vital role of civil society in the UK.
She written and contributed to numerous articles, interviews and podcasts including through Pioneers Post, Third Sector, the Guardian and Evening Standard on the state of the social sector and the role of venture philanthropy in addressing society’s social challenges.
Director of Strategy and Partnerships
Audrey Slade, Director of Strategy and 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.
John Collins, Programme Director, joined The Fore in December 2020.
John brings over two decades of multi-sector experience to his work at The Fore. Previously, he served as a strategy and management consultant focused on clients in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Prior to this, John held various positions, including senior analyst at a private equity firm, project manager at REDF, a venture philanthropy firm founded by George Roberts of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and financial consultant at Ernst & Young, LLP.
John, who hails from New York, holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University and a BA in International Business from Lehigh University. He is an active volunteer for AIDS Walk (New York), St. Joseph’s Hospice (London), and is a member of the Board of Advisors for Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE).
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.
Kate joined The Fore in 2021 as Partnership Coordinator. She previously worked in Market Research at a life sciences consultancy where she collated insights, handled logistics and managed vendor relationships.
Kate graduated from Oxford University in 2020 with a degree in Spanish and Portuguese.
She has used her Spanish skills to volunteer at an educational charity in Madrid, and also spent time volunteering in primary schools and as a tutor for state-school applicants to Oxbridge.
Outside of work Kate likes to travel and go fell walking in her home county Cumbria.
Benjamin joined The Fore in September 2021 as a Programme Assistant. He previously worked in multiple capacities including volunteering with UNICEF – Jordan Country Office, where he supported knowledge management on UNICEF’s response to COVID19 in refugee camps.
Benjamin holds an MA in International Relations (Middle East), specialising in disengagement from jihadi violent extremism and identity politics of MENA, from Durham University. He speaks Swahili (native), basic Spanish and elementary Arabic (MSA).
Outside of work, he enjoys blogging on international affairs and travelling, with a particular interest in visiting museums and cultural centres.
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.
Rahul is an economist and monitoring & evaluation expert, working in the international development and education sectors. He serves on the boards of the Gate Theatre, the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation, and London Plus, and previously was an Ambassador for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington DC. He also serves on the Policy Council for Liberty.
Before moving to London, he has worked for a prominent think tank in Washington DC, as well as several boutique consultancies that support NGOs including the World Bank, and the UK and US governments. Since arriving in London, he has supported the Overseas Development Institute in its research into the causes and levels of land tenure insecurity around the world.
Rahul has been working with The Fore on impact, evaluation and assessment projects since Spring 2021.
SW Hub Project Manager
Jo began her career in recruitment & HR in London before relocating to Cornwall and founding her own retail business, The Atlantic Blanket Company. She then set up a career coaching consultancy before moving into charity fundraising as Philanthropy Director at the Cornwall Community Foundation, securing donations from trusts, foundations, major donors and high value individual giving schemes. She is a Trustee of homeless charity Emmaus Cornwall where she chairs the Fundraising, Communications and Engagement committee. Jo holds a degree from Oxford University and qualifications in coaching and counselling.