Our trustees

John Grounds  Communications consultant

John is chair of CharityComms trustee board. He is a strategic consultant in corporate, brand, communications and marketing strategy, primarily in the not for profit sector. He is the former deputy CEO of RSPCA. His career has included both commercial and charity roles. Prior to the RSPCA he was at the NSPCC, as director of communications and latterly director of child protection consultancy. Previously, he was director of campaigns and communications at medical charity Action Medical Research. Past roles include responsibility for comms at Barnardo’s, five years at The Body Shop as international PR manager and a PR and campaigning role alongside Bruce Kent at the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Outside work, music is a consuming passion, as well as a love of film, art and literature and a 40-year plus devotion to Arsenal FC.


Louisa Dallmeyer  London Specialised Commissioning group

Louisa is CharityComms’ honorary treasurer. She is an experienced consultant and qualified accountant with a proven track record of delivering highly complex projects in health strategy, finance and performance improvement. Louisa has split her career between working within the NHS and working internationally as a health care consultant. She has a passion for using information as evidence to inspire performance improvement.


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 over 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.  


Hanif Leylabi  Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Hanif has worked in communications for six years including four years in the charity sector. He has experience in campaigning, membership and infrastructure organisations as well as charitable foundations. Whilst at Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service, he led on rebranding and relaunching digital and print communication tools before moving to Paul Hamlyn Foundation in October 2015. Hanif is also the chair of the Democratic Procedures Committee at the National Union of Students. Image credit: Matt Clayton.


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.


Clive Gardiner  NSPCC

Since the days of floppy discs, Clive has worked to solve problems and build solutions where people are doing things differently because of innovations in technology, and where organisations have needed to adjust and act differently to meet their goals and objectives. His  career adventure started in creative and product roles, progressing on to business development, marketing and general management at leading, customer-centric organisations (NSPCC, RNIB, WE7, BMG Music, Cafédirect, Pioneer) and an executive MBA from Henley. For the last 10 years he has specialised in digital transformation and delivering #digitalforsocialgood. You can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Katherine Hall  Centre for Mental Health

Katherine has been working in charity communications for 13 years, first in a council for voluntary service, and for the last 10 years at the Centre for Mental Health, a national mental health research charity. She has always worked for small organisations often as the only comms person, meaning a broad experience of all things a comms role requires, including media, social media and email marketing, but her main experience is in producing websites and publications.


Seamus O’Farrell  Brainjuicer

In January 2015 Seamus joined both #ogilvychange and BrainJuicer, splitting his time equally between the two market-leading companies specialising in the application of behavioural science and behaviour change strategies to brand and creative development. A former director at marketing strategy agency Forward Thinking Inc and director of communications at Prostate Cancer UK, Seamus began his career in advertising in 1987. He is fascinated by behavioural psychology and practices a scientific approach to helping brands achieve salience through creative storytelling.