The BBC's Charity Appeals Advisory Committee is made up of independent experts from outside the BBC with wide experience of the charitable sector who advise and support the BBC in a number of areas, including:
They work with the BBC's Charity Appeals Advisor Sally Flatman.
The current members of the Appeals Advisory Committee are:
Term of membership: 1 December 2009 - 30 November 2014
Fiona Ellis was, until March 2009, Director of the Northern Rock Foundation, the foundation set up by the bank of the same name in 1997. NRF funds exclusively in the North East of England and Cumbria, in which it invested over £175m in the eleven years of Fiona's stewardship.
Fiona worked previously for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation where she was Assistant Director (Arts) for almost six years and, in a freelance capacity, for the Baring Foundation and the – then – Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust. Prior to her career in philanthropy, she worked in the arts as, at various times, a community arts worker, stage manager, theatre director, funding officer and director of a rural arts centre. She is joint author of Fairness in Funding, an equal opportunities guide for grant-makers published by the Association of Charitable Foundations.
Other current and previous posts have included: Vice Chair of Futurebuilders; Comic Relief's UK Grants Committee; School Governor of Whalton First School; Whalton Village Hall Committee; Commissioner for the IPPR North Public Services Commission and membership of several theatre boards. Fiona currently serves on the National Council for Voluntary Organisations Funding Commission and on the board of NAVCA.
Specialism: charity finance
Term of membership: 1 August 2009 – 2 August 2014
David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and Co in 1972 and worked as European financial controller in a number of financial institutions in London and Paris. He was Finance Director of Mercury Asset Management from 1988 to 2001 and Director of Finance and Resources at British Red Cross from 2002 to 2008. David is currently Treasurer of LEAP Confronting Conflict and Maria Montessori Training Organisation and Director of Schroder Income Growth Trust plc and Fidelity China Special Situations plc.
Specialism: Wildlife and Conservation
Term of membership: 12 December 2011 - 12 December 2014
After graduating from Williams College, Massachusetts (1984) and working as a paralegal in Manhattan, Victoria completed her BA and Masters degrees in law at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. From 1989 - 1995 Victoria worked as a commercial lawyer in the United States with Davis Polk and Wardwell and the UK with Blake Lapthorn. Victoria moved into voluntary sector management in 1996 with the Grubb Institute of Behavioural Studies followed by roles as Chief Executive with the Hampshire and Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts. Since May 2006 Victoria has been Chief Executive of Plantlife International, the Wild Plant Conservation Charity. In 2008 Plantlife published the first list of UK Important Plant Areas - the list identifies the most important areas in the UK for wild plants and fungi and contributes to Plantlife's work as one of the lead partners for Target 5 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation which is a formal part of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity. Victoria is also a trustee of Wildlife and Countryside Link (England), the network of conservation organisations for England, and Chair of the UK Plant Link network of plant conservation organisations.
Specialism: international development
Term of membership: 1 November 2008 - 31 October 2013
Linda Doull is a registered General Nurse and holds a MA in Public Health. She worked in the UK NHS from 1977-1985 and moved into international health and humanitarian relief. She has worked with Medical Aid for Palestinians and Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Middle East, Africa, Central & South East Asia and former Yugoslavia. She joined Merlin in 1997 as Health Advisor, became Health Director in 2000 adding Policy to her portfolio in 2006. She is a member of the IASC Global Health Cluster, led by the WHO. Linda also holds a BA in Geography and Anthropology.
Term of membership: 9 July 2012 - 8 July 2015
Lindsay Easton became Chief Executive of Brain Research Trust in November 2009. Lindsay has worked in the voluntary, private and public sectors in both the UK and Australia where she lived for nine years in the 1990’s. Lindsay’s more than 25 years of professional experience covers charity management & leadership, charity fundraising, commercial marketing and conference/events production. Organisations worked for include: Amnesty International, Action for Blind People, Barnardos, BBC Comic Relief Red Nose Day (the first), Diabetes UK, IIR Conferences, Local Government Association, Marks & Spencer and the Queensland State Government.
Term of membership: 1 September 2009 - 2 September 2014
Richard Hawkes has been Chief Executive of Scope, the disability charity, since January 2010. Prior to that he was the International Programmes Director for VSO, with responsibility for programmes in more than 40 countries. He has also been the Chief Executive of an international charity working for people who are both deaf and blind and has worked for other international organisations, including the United Nations in Vienna. Richard is Chair of the Care and Support Alliance which represents more than 70 organisations seeking to influence the future of social care in this country. He is also Chair of iPartner India, an organisation that enables effective and sustainable giving from the Asian community in the UK. He is a Trustee of Skills - Third Sector (the skills council for the voluntary sector) and a Trustee of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group.
Term of membership: 9 July 2012 - 8 July 2015
David joined the Wellcome Trust in April 2004, where he is a member of the Executive Team and Director of Strategic Planning and Policy. His responsibilities include leading the Trust's strategic planning, policy and evaluation functions.
David's career has been in science policy and strategy. He has worked alongside the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser in the Cabinet Office. His time at the UK Department of Trade and Industry involved him working closely with the European Space Agency and European Commission on earth observation policy; and he has worked in a number of roles for the Natural Environment Research Council.
David is a member of the: BBC's independent Appeals Advisory Committee; Governing Body and Executive Committee of the Public Health Foundation of India; UK Association of Medical Research Charities Executive Council; and the European Foundation Centre's Research Forum.
Specialism: international development
Term of office: 1 January 2013 - 31 December 2016
Chris Roles was appointed Director of Age International, the UK member of the HelpAge global network, in July 2012. For the previous eight years he was Chief Executive of Y Care International, a youth-focussed international relief and development agency with programmes in twenty-five countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, in addition to a programme of global youth work for young people in the UK and Ireland.
He has also worked as a member of the senior management teams of Christian Aid and ActionAid.
Chris studied Modern History and Economics at Pembroke College, Oxford, and has an MBA from London Business School. He is a member of Venturesome’s Investment Committee.
Specialism: international development
Term of membership: 1 January 2010 - 31 December 2014
Nick Roseveare MBE has worked in the field of international development and humanitarian aid for twenty five years and as Chief Executive of MAG since 2011. MAG (the Mines Advisory Group) is a Nobel Prize-winning (in 1997) charity focussed on humanitarian demining and the removal of other explosive remnants of war, to create safe and secure futures for people affected by armed violence and conflict. Since being founded in 1989, MAG has been removing deadly obstacles to reconstruction, peace and security in some of the world's poorest communities, saving lives and paving the way for safer futures.
From 2008-2011, Nick served as Chief Executive of Bond (the membership body for 370 British NGOs working in international development). For ten years Nick lived and worked with Oxfam in Sudan, Ethiopia and Mozambique managing and leading programmes for people in, or emerging from, crises and conflict. For a further ten years he worked in UK-based senior management roles for Oxfam, initially supporting humanitarian programmes across Africa, and subsequently as Oxfam’s Humanitarian Director (encompassing events such as the Afghan food and refugee crises at the time of the post-9/11 coalition bombing, the South Asia Tsunami, the Darfur crisis, the Pakistan Earthquake, and numerous other major conflicts and natural disasters). His final role was as Director of Oxfam's West Africa Region.
Nick has been a member of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee since 2009. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the International Centre for Not-for-profit Law. From 2001 tom 2009 at the Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fund, Nick served as a Grants Committee member and a Trustee. He was a founder member of the IWG in 2003 - a ground-breaking transatlantic alliance of the largest humanitarian organisations, and from 2000-2005 served on the Management Board of the SPHERE Project to establish and promote global Minimum Standards in Disaster Response.
Term of membership: 8 June 2009 - 9 June 2014
Clare Thomas has been Chief Grants Officer of the City Bridge Trust, London's largest grant-making trust with an annual budget of £17.5m, since April 1996. She was formerly an Adviser to the Active Community Unit at the Home Office on charities, voluntary organisations and grant-making. She has worked as Trust Administrator for the Sir John Cass Foundation and for several years as Deputy Director of the Rainer Foundation. She has been a teacher in Haringey, a social worker and a project leader for the Islington Family Service Unit. Clare is a former Chair of the National Offenders Management Services (NOMS) Advisory Group and is currently Chair of both ACF (Association of Charitable Foundations) and The Building Exploratory. She has served as a board member of NCVO, London Bombings Charitable Fund and as adviser to several funds administered by the British Red Cross. Clare is currently part of the Government's Task Force on Climate Change and the Third Sector, and is a trustee of the Mayor's Fund for London.
Specialism: Black, Minority & Ethnic
Term of membership: 15 October 2010 - 14 November 2013
Nalini Varma is a member of the Big Lottery Fund and chairs the Robbie Williams Give it Sum Fund that is administered by Comic Relief. She was a trustee of Comic Relief from 1996 to 2010 and chair of the UK Grants Committee from 1992 to 2010. In addition, she is currently a lay member of a number of organisations including the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Tribunal. Earlier in her career, she was chief executive of the Rainer Foundation for three years - a charity for young people taking it through a merger with the Royal Philanthropic Society to form what is now Catch 22.
She has worked for a number of other charities, including the Family Service Units, beginning her career as a social worker in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. She has also carried out a number of assignments as a management consultant, including interim director of EAVES Housing for Women, and assignments for the Ethnic Alcohol Counselling Hounslow, North East London Advocacy, Lambeth Council and Lambeth Voluntary Action Council. She has had appointments for children's services in Newham Social Services as a consultant commissioner, served as a board member of the Children and Families Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS), a Trustee of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and as a lay member of the Solicitors' Regulation Authority. Finally, she has been a committee member of the Association for Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and the Ashiana Young Asian Women's Refuge.
There are National Advisory Committees for BBC Scotland, BBC Wales and BBC Northern Ireland. The remit of these bodies varies across the nations but typically their role includes advising national management on the broadcasting of charity appeals and other charity broadcast opportunities, social action programming, relationships with the voluntary sector and related issues, as well as making recommendations to the Trustees of BBC Children in Need as to the distribution of grants in their areas.
The Chairs of these Committees or their nominated deputies are members of the central AAC. They are:
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