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How we are managed

Turn2us is governed by a board of trustees who give the charity the benefit of their extensive experience in a non-executive capacity. Our Trustees do this on a voluntary basis.

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Turn2us management

Thomas Lawson - Chief Executive

Thomas Lawson has worked in the social sector since the early 90s in international development at UNICEF, HIV at Terrence Higgins Trust and NAM (the charity behind Aidsmap), criminal justice at Prisoners Abroad and most recently in youth work at the award-winning Leap Confronting Conflict.

Recently he has been challenging the sector to address the barriers to success in the sector for people from black, Asian and other ethnic communities. Tom has also served on the boards of the Centre for Youth Impact, Heart ‘n Soul and the National Peace Council.

He joined Turn2us in March 2019. Thomas is interested in how the social sector can work with and challenge state bodies and companies to create an inclusive society in which everyone can thrive. He is passionate about the role that people with lived expertise can play in the future of the leadership of the social sector.

Jamie Grier - Director of Income and External Affairs

Jamie began his career in marketing, managing campaigns on behalf of clients including Vodafone, Diageo and Budweiser. Since joining the charity sector in 2005 he has worked in fundraising and development roles at a number of charities spanning conservation, health, armed forces and education. Jamie joined Turn2us as a Director in 2017, leading the fundraising and communications teams.

Sonya Ruparel - Director of Programmes and Partnerships

Sonya Ruparel joined Turn2us in August 2019, coming from ActionAid International as Acting Humanitarian Director. Sonya focused her 10 years in the humanitarian sector on women’s leadership, shifting power and accountability to affected communities.

Her interests are promoting social justice through an intersectional feminist lens and ensuring a strong gendered analysis is front and centre of all anti-poverty work.

Sonya has previously worked at ActionAid, Defeating Deafness and Barnardo’s and served on the Board of the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) for two years.

Jo Kerr - Director of Impact and Innovation

Jo Kerr has dedicated her career to the social sector, focusing on strategy, leadership and change through a digital lens. Jo joined Turn2us in January 2020 after two years as a freelance consultant and leadership coach. Jo is interested in innovating how we work as well as what we do, and is passionate about co-producing our products and programmes with people with lived experience of poverty.

Jo’s last in-house role was as Assistant Director of Digital for Breast Cancer Care. Before this, Jo was Girlguiding’s first Head of Digital Communications. Agency-side, Jo was managing director for London at Reason Digital, overseeing their work with national charities.

Jo is a Fellow of both the Intersticia Foundation and Newspeak House — the London College of Political Technologists. She is also Chair of the Board of Trajectory Theatre.

Thomas Mathew - Director of Finances and Resources

Tom Mathew joined Turn2us as Director of Finance and Resources in February 2020. He has held similar positions in the charity sector for over a dozen years, including at the City of Dublin YMCA and the award-winning youth charity Leap Confronting Conflict. In a previous life, Tom work professionally as a writer. He is an award-winning essayist and a grant recipient through the Irish Arts Council.

At Turn2us, Tom oversees the charity's finances, risk management, human resources and ICT. 

Dawn Jackson - Head of Grants Services

Dawn has worked within the Charitable and Housing sector for over 35 years working with people in need. This has included working as a front line worker with newly arrived refugees in the UK, and later working with ex-offenders. Dawn has managed services for street homeless people, young people and women fleeing domestic violence.

Dawn spent five years as a grant funder, managing housing related funding programmes for innovative housing solutions, and prior to joining Turn2us Dawn worked as a regional manager across seven local authority areas managing home improvement agencies. Dawn has been with Turn2us for 10 years.

Namita Harvey - Head of Supporter Development

Namita joined the Turn2us team in September 2017. Having worked within the fundraising and marketing function in the charity sector for over 11 years, she now provides leadership and direction for Turn2us’ Individual Giving fundraising strategy with a key focus on developing a supporter centric fundraising programme.

Turn2us is always keen on developing new fundraising partnerships and initiatives. To find out more about opportunities to support our work please contact us by emailing


Sally O’Sullivan - Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Sally O’Sullivan joined the Board of Trustees in March 2010, became Deputy Chairman in 2013, and became Chairman in 2017.

Sally has had experience as a non-Executive Director in broadcasting, utilities, education and ethics. She was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Ideal Home, Good Housekeeping, Homes & Gardens and other leading UK magazines and has been Founder and Chair of August Media since 2005.

Richard Midmer - Honorary Treasurer

Richard Midmer became a Trustee in June 2014.

Richard began his working life as a civil engineer in the water industry. After a completing an MBA in 1984, he joined the oil business, initially with Esso UK plc which involved a variety of financial and commercial roles in both the UK and the USA over a ten year period.  Subsequently he joined British Borneo Oil & Gas plc where he was appointed Finance Director in 1999.

Following the acquisition of British Borneo in 2000, Richard moved to the Care Homes for the Elderly sector and has since taken on a variety of senior roles including that of Finance Director of NHP plc and Southern Cross plc. He is currently employed by a group of investors as the Asset Manager for a portfolio of ninety care homes for the elderly located throughout the United Kingdom.  

Richard chairs the charity’s Finance Committee, and Investment Committee, and is chair of the EFHL Board.

Catherine Hamp - Chair of the Operations Committee

Catherine Hamp is a civil servant by background. Having worked extensively in public service, she has experience in strategy, planning and the delivery of public policy across a range of government departments.  She has also led significant change programmes including that to establish the Pensions Regulator and the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.

She is currently seconded from the civil service to the third sector, working primarily at The Stroke Association on change portfolio management, data strategy and strategic leadership

Richard Carter - Trustee

Richard Carter was a senior civil servant, working in the Department of Health and its associated bodies for over three decades.  His roles included being private secretary to two ministers; being head of legislation for the Department and policy roles in information, public health, research, and life sciences industry policy. In addition, he spent two periods on secondment to NHS organisations.

Richard retired from the civil service in 2016 - his last role having been as Deputy Director, Research Workforce. He is an active member of the Church of England (he is currently secretary to the Parochial Church Council of St Peter Eaton Square) and has volunteered as a trustee with a number of bodies in the health and social policy domain, a credit union, and also with the organising committee of a concert series.

Jan Leightley - Trustee

Jan Leightley qualified as a social worker and has over 30 years’ experience working with vulnerable and disadvantaged families. Until her retirement in 2016, she had held senior operational and strategic roles in local government and the voluntary sector,  the most recent being as Managing Director of Operations for Action for Children , one of the largest children’s charities in the UK . In this role Jan had responsibility for the delivery of 600 services to over 350,000 children, young people and families in England , Scotland , Wales and Northern Ireland as well as being the charity’s lead on safeguarding and regulatory issues.

Jan has contributed to a number of national working parties in relation to children and young  people including those focussing on child and adolescent mental  health , safeguarding policy and procedure and child poverty.

Since retiring Jan has undertaken voluntary work for a local cancer charity and is a keen traveller.

Neeraj Kapur - Trustee

Neeraj Kapur is the Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Secure Trust Bank since April 2011. He has over 25 years experience in financial services, including 10 years as the Group CFO of Lombard North Central plc, the largest leasing company in Europe and part of the RBS Group.

Neeraj is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales where he is also a member of its governing body, the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and Chairman of its Financial Services Faculty. He is a Chartered Banker and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Neeraj has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Imperial College London and was a pilot in the Royal Air Force before turning to finance. He is also a trustee and governor of Edgeborough Preparatory School and continues to fly ex-military jets.

Dr Olivia Curno - Trustee

Olivia is Chief Executive of the Greater London Fund for the Blind. Prior to this, she was Director of Fundraising at children’s mental health charity Place2Be, and Head of Fundraising and Communications at autism research charity Autistica.

Before joining the charitable sector professionally in 2008, Olivia was a researcher ad lecturer in Evolutionary Biology at the Universities of Nottingham and Derby.

Olivia became a Trustee of Turn2us in April 2016.

Henry Elphick - Trustee

Henry Elphick is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LaingBuisson, the leading healthcare intelligence provider. Previously he spent 20 years in banking and law, most recently as European Joint Head of Healthcare Investment Banking with Jefferies. He has advised boards and investors on a number of high profile transactions across healthcare and social care.

Henry is also an advisor to the International Longevity Centre UK; a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Christine Lenihan - Chair of Edinburgh Trust and the Turn2us Governance Working Group

Until 2013 Christine Lenihan was a Trustee of the Corra Foundation for Scotland and was appointed Chairman in 2009. She has a wealth of experience gained over 30 years in business and commerce, as a senior executive, business founder and advisor.

In other sectors as a Non Executive, a University Governor, Chairman of Learn Direct Scotland, Chairman of NHS 24 and Chairman of the NHS Confederation in Scotland, Christine's breadth of experience, from micro business start ups and corporate life to the highest level public service and charity roles, provide her with an unusually wide range of expertise.

Christine joined the Turn2us Board in June 2012.

Steven Hunter - Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Steven Hunter is a chartered accountant with more than thirty years’ experience, the last twenty of which have been spent running and building small businesses in the publishing/marketing sectors.

After qualifying with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), he spent 12 years there before heading up the financial reporting function at Mercury Communications, part of the Cable & Wireless group. He then co-founded a magazine publishing company (subsequently sold) and in 2005 set up a content marketing business where he still holds the position of CEO.

Steven is a keen golfer and skier and has two grown up children.

Jo Wickremasinghe - Trustee

Jo has nearly 20 years experience in digital product and programme management. Jo has led a number of digital product teams at News UK, Which?, Microsoft and the BBC where she was responsible for the launch of the 2011 Design Award nominated BBC Homepage and the market leading BBC Weather apps.

During her time at Which? she launched a number of new digital businesses including Which? Trusted Traders. At News UK she oversaw development of The Sun online, growing to be the number one digital newspaper in the UK; introduced data driven experimentation to optimise the subscription funnel for The Times; as well as ‘lean start up’ methodologies to incubate new business ideas.

She is currently Product Director at Babylon Health, working towards making healthcare accessible and affordable for everyone, globally. Born and raised in Australia, Jo started her career as an Aerospace Engineer, moving to the UK in 1998 to work for British Aerospace. The hype of the first dotcom bubble in 2000 enticed her into technology, and she’s never looked back.

Lord John Sharkey - Trustee

Lord Sharkey is a Liberal Democrat Peer, and joined the House of Lords in December 2010. He was joint managing director of Saatchi and Saatchi UK before he founded his own advertising agency. He was Nick Clegg's strategic adviser in 2007 and chair of the party's 2010 General Election campaign.  He is also a trustee of a number of charities and not-for-profit think tanks, details can be found in the UK Parliament Register of Interests.

His roles in the Lords are as follows:

  • Economic Affairs Committee Jun 2015 - present
  • Information Committee (Lords) Jun 2014 - Aug 2016 
  • Draft Deregulation Bill (Joint Committee) Jul 2013 - Dec 2013 
  • EU Sub Committee F - Home Affairs, Health and Education May 2012 - Mar 2015 

In 2013, Lord Sharkey tabled an amendment to the Banking Reform Bill calling for payday loans to be capped at £300, and a cap on charges at 10 per cent of the loan value. He also called for time restrictions on loan terms and grace periods for all loans. The Financial Services (Banking Reform Bill), which contained the cap on payday loan costs, received royal assent in December 2013.

Thomas Morgan - Trustee

Originally from Lincolnshire, Tom has been based in London for the past 18 years where he is an Executive Director with responsibility for the UK healthcare practice at CBRE, the global property advisory business.

Tom advises clients in relation to all property aspects of the health and social care sector, covering care homes, retirement living, hospitals and primary care. Tom specialises in investment advisory across these different markets and he works with a range of clients from local not for profit organisations to multi-national investment businesses.

Away from work, Tom is married with two children and spends his spare time enjoying the North Norfolk coast, watching and occasionally playing sport as well as coaching youth football teams in the FA South London Youth league.