Our trustees

Kirsty Marrins

Kirsty Marrins  freelance

Kirsty is a copywriter, accredited trainer and consultant working in the charity sector. She has a regular column in Third Sector where she writes about all things digital. Kirsty won a CharityComms Inspiring Communicator Award in 2016 and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the charity sector in 2019. She was previously a trustee of the Small Charities Coalition.


Mark Russell  Marketing and communications consultant

Mark Russell is chair of the CharityComms trustee board. He is a seasoned marketing and communications practitioner with a wealth of knowledge gained from a career working at advertising agencies, corporates and start-ups. He also has extensive board experience gained from six years as first trustee and then chair on the board of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association.


Stephen Critoph  Chartered accountant

Stephen Critoph is CharityComms’ treasurer. He is a chartered accountant with extensive board level experience and has a strong track record of leading communications with investors and other stakeholders. Previously he has worked at Board level as Director and/or CFO of a number of Public and Private Companies including Carluccio’s Restaurants, TRG plc , Compass UK and Travelodge Hotels.


Pip Gardner  The Kite Trust

Pip’s career to date spans a variety of leadership, communications, research and evaluation roles in the charity, education and arts sectors. Pip is chief executive at The Kite Trust who provide services for LGBT+ youth in the East of England. Prior to that they were communications manager at Woodcraft Folk, monitoring and evaluation manager at Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and has completed a PhD in Cultural Geography from the University of Sheffield. Pip has previously held trustee roles with Girlguiding, Girlguiding Anglia, and Purple House Women’s Centre.


Justin Driskill  Crisis

Justin Driskill has over 15 years of digital marketing experience and has worked for small, local, and national charities as well as at a digital agency, in publishing, and in advertising. He currently works at Crisis, and is also the editor of The Online Advertising Guide which teaches SMEs about all forms of digital comms.


CJ Marshall

CJ Marshall  Future Care Capital

CJ has over a decades’ worth of experience working within PR, public affairs and communications, predominately in the public and third sectors. As an academic lawyer by background, and having been in the armed forces and security services, CJ has a wide range of experience beyond the comms sphere. He has a keen interest in politics and public policy and held numerous roles at local and national levels, including at a think-tank, UK-wide health and social care charities, in the 2016 London Mayoral election, with a Police and Crime Commissioner and with Crossbench Peers in the House of Lords.


Lucy Devine  Stonewall

Lucy has worked in charity communications for the last 15 years, in situations ranging from being the only comms person in a tiny charity, to managing a team of over 20 dedicated professionals for a major charity brand. Throughout those roles, it has been the potential of strong communications to help deliver social justice that has kept her going through late-night website launches and weekend press calls.
She is currently director of communications for Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBT charity. In that role she is responsible for Stonewall’s brand and brand development, as well as the PR, digital and creative teams. Other more recent roles have included leading the communications team at Mencap, and before that for Gingerbread.


Chrystyna Chymera-Holloway  The National Autistic Society

Chrystyna has over a decade of experience in marketing in the not-for-profit sector including at Anthony Nolan, Save the Children and currently as head of insight and strategic marketing at The National Autistic Society. She is experienced in senior management, leading on rebrands, delivering successful and award-winning national marketing campaigns, viral marketing, web and digital management and data and insight projects. Chrystyna is passionate about raising standards in the sector, sharing good practice and healthy competition that encourages innovation and boundary-pushing.


Jessica Abelscroft  Citizens Advice

Jessica started working in charity communications nearly 10 years ago, after a few years as a journalist. She’s worked for several small to-medium size charities on user-led content, social marketing, membership communications and brand. She now leads the communications and engagement team at Citizens Advice, overseeing digital communications, strategic change, staff and volunteer engagement and events.


Katherine Hall  Pushkin House

Katherine is a former charity communications manager at Centre for Mental Health who now works in HR. She joined CharityComms as a trustee in February 2015 to advocate for comms staff in small organisations and recently recruited CharityComms’ new Chair.