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Our trustees

Every charity needs great trustees. Here are the lovely people who play this important role for us.

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.

Sarah Welsh

Sarah Welsh 

Sarah is Treasurer for CharityComms. She has spent most of her working life as a finance and resources director for various charities including: Friends of the Earth, NCVO, WarChild and Woodcraft Folk. She has served as chair of trustees of Different Strokes and as a trustee of Kati-Uganda. Sarah has recently retired and is looking forward to more time tending her allotment.

Vishnee Sauntoo

Vishnee Sauntoo  Age International

Vishnee has over 20 years experience in communications and marketing, mainly working in the not-for-profit sector. Currently working for Age International leading on Brand and Communications. She has worked for numerous organisations including Save the Children, the British Heart Foundation and No Smoking Day and government bodies such as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Vishnee has led many high-profile, award-winning campaigns on health, international development and humanitarian issues. She is also passionate about coaching and mentoring and is an advocate on diversity, equality and inclusion best practice and hopes to bring these qualities to the CharityComms board.

CJ Marshall

CJ Marshall  Future Care Capital

CJ is Vice Chair of CharityComms. He has over a decades’ worth of experience working in PR, public affairs and communications, predominately in the public and third sectors. He has a wide range of experience beyond the comms sphere as an academic lawyer and social scientist by background, as well as having been in the armed forces and police force. He has a keen interest in public policy and leads the communications department for a UK-wide health and social care think-tank.

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.

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.

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.

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Muna Hussen  The Bike Project

Muna is a T-shaped marketer, who has focused on digital and branding in the last few years. With over 12 years’ experience working across in-house and agency teams, she’s been part of crafting, implementing and delivering marketing strategies for a variety of brands. Currently, she focuses on digital transformation, honing brand identities and ethical and inclusive storytelling. She brings experience from the corporate world and for profit sectors, including finance, tech and FMCG to this work. Currently she is Head of Marketing and Fundraising for The Bike Project, supporting refugees and asylum seekers in an impactful and significant manner.

Nick Radmore

Nick Radmore  Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Pip Gardner

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.