Board of Trustees


Julie Layton


Julie joined the Charityworks Board in 2012, and became treasurer in 2015. Julie is the Chief Executive of Advance, one of the founder member organisations of Charityworks. Julie is a qualified accountant and has extensive experience in the social housing sector. She is a strategic, visionary leader who is passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable people and believes the non-profit sector has a big part to play in delivering change. Her philosophy is to embed a collaborative and open culture within her organisation and to inspire and empower people to perform well. She acts as mentor and coach to her teams and to Charityworks graduates.

Laurie Smith

Company Secretary

Laurie Smith brings to the board a range of experience in strategy & operations, organisational development and monitoring & evaluation. Following a Masters in engineering and MPhil in sustainable development at the University of Cambridge, Laurie completed the Charityworks graduate programme in 2009. He has since worked for a number of not for profits including the Terrence Higgins Trust and Christian Aid, and currently works as Head of Strategy at Family for Every Child, a global alliance of local civil society organisations working together to improve the lives of vulnerable children around the world. Laurie is responsible for developing and implementing corporate strategy, planning and evaluation processes, as well as acting as company secretary.

Rob Mills


Rob is the Regional Housing Director for Accent South, part of Accent Housing, a national housing association with over 20,000 properties. Rob has overall responsibility of leading and delivering the housing management service for Accent in Surrey, Kent and Hampshire. With 25 years experience in housing, starting as a graduate housing trainee for a local authority, Rob has held senior positions in the housing, care and support operations of a number of housing associations. Accent have hosted a number of Charityworks graduates, and Rob has mentored Charityworks graduates as well.

Ian Wilder


Ian Wilder is an experienced Human Resources Manager who has been working until very recently as the HR Manager at The Royal College of Radiologists. He spent the bulk of his career with the Ministry of Defence. In his final role in MOD he led the project to gain corporate recognition for MOD against the Investors in People Standard which was achieved in 2007 and he represented the Civil Service on the IiP National Group which developed the 2004 Standard. In his spare time, he has been a governor at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust for 11 years and has recently joined Citizens Advice as a volunteer adviser.

Rob Burley


Rob Burley is Head of Public Affairs & Campaigns at Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID), the UK’s largest deafness and hearing loss charity. He joined the organisation in 2008 as a Senior Public Affairs Officer and now leads campaigning and influencing work that covers areas such as access to health and social care, access to employment and access to entertainment, goods and services. Prior to joining Action on Hearing Loss, Rob worked in the campaigns team at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, after reading History & Politics at university. Whilst at Breakthrough, he completed the NVCO’s Certificate in Campaigning and more recently took part in the inaugural cohort of Charityworks as a High Flyer already working in the sector.

Gabriella Driver


Gabriella is Head of Leadership & Talent Development at Pret A Manger Ltd. Having completed a one-year Industrial Placement with British Airways and later joined Tesco on a graduate programme, Gabriella has held senior learning and development roles in a number of global consumer businesses, as well as in the education sector at City & Guilds. Gabriella has first-hand experience of designing and managing emerging talent programmes, including overseeing all young talent and apprenticeship initiatives in her current role. She is passionate about bringing her experience of the Commercial world to benefit the Charityworks programme.

Rashmi Rungta


Rashmi is heading the UK subsidiary and the consulting arm of an Indian organisation, that manufactures material handling equipment. Prior to her current role, she has worked in various major organisations, including Deloitte, Fujitsu and Churchill Insurance (now Direct Line). At Fujitsu, she was responsible for developing their CRM business unit, that was significantly profitable. She built and led a diverse team of over 50 team members – this team not only included experience hires but also graduates who were trained on the job. With over 20 years of business experience in companies across the world, she has a track record of not only building and leading high-performing teams but also delivering multi-million-dollar programmes & projects, Rashmi’s specialty has been focused on business technology transformations and process advisory to help clients achieve their business goals.

Charityworks contracts Koreo to deliver the Charityworks programme. Koreo is a talent consultancy dedicated to social impact. Koreo CEO Rachel Whale was a co-founder of Charityworks.

The Charityworks board is supported by a Professional Advisory Body of senior leaders from across the sector, chaired by Dame Mary Marsh.

Contact information for trustees, and our Memorandum and Articles of Association, are available on request. Annual reports & accounts are available here for the following years: 20122013 & 2014.


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