Our trustees

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.

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.

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.

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.