The Pilotlight Team
Our programmes transform charities into sustainable organisations. Meet our staff and trustees.
Gillian joined Pilotlight as a project manager in October 2005 and she became Deputy Chief Executive in 2007 and Chief Executive in 2013. Her long-term interest in the third sector was sparked by a three-year stint with Voluntary Service Overseas in Laos, during which she became VSO acting country director and advised the Laotian Ministry of Education. She holds a masters degree in Development Management from The Open University. Before entering the third sector she had a successful career teaching and managing a chain of language schools in Italy.
Head of Partnerships
Bruce joined Pilotlight as a Project Manager in September 2011. He became Senior Project Manager in 2013 and Head of Programmes in 2016. Prior to joining Pilotlight, Bruce worked for a management consultancy delivering organisational development services for clients in the private and charitable sectors, with a specific focus on young people organisations. He has a Master's in Sociology and has lived in Canada and Japan. Bruce is former Chairman of CareTrade, a charity supporting young Londoners with autism into employment.
Head of Programmes
Before joining Pilotlight, Charlie worked for a London-based education charity, which aims to raise the aspirations of young people living in disadvantaged areas. Her work included setting up a new centre in Harringey and delivering the multi-stranded programme to young people aged seven to 19. She has a degree in Social Anthropology and has spent time volunteering in India with a community development charity promoting HIV awareness to young people in the city of Pune.
Senior Project Manager
Prior to joining Pilotlight, Richard worked for 15 years with Waterstones Booksellers managing branches, events and other projects. He is currently a committee member of the Dunbar Science Festival and has previously worked as a volunteer E.S.O.L. teacher for East Lothian Council and Business Researcher for Barnardos, Scotland.
Senior Project Manager
Jenny joined Pilotlight as a project manager in October 2016. She has 14 years’ experience of working in the not for profit sector, where she developed and managed events and education projects for science and performing arts charities. She has also worked in commercial roles in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector. Jenny is motivated by creating opportunities for positive change in the lives of individuals and organisations.
Jonas joined Pilotlight in June 2018. Originally from Germany, he has a varied background: He studied Not-for-Profit Management in Hamburg, worked for one of Germany’s largest publicly funded theatres in Marketing and Development, ran a professional circus arts business (including performing on stage), led students and executives on educational tours through London, and started professional coaching training just before joining Pilotlight. One of his life’s passions is martial arts: He is involved in preserving a traditional Japanese jujutsu-style both as practitioner as well as teacher.
Caroline joined Pilotlight in February 2018 as a Project Manager. This is her first role in the third sector, and she brings a wealth of experience of working in project and business management in the private sector; mostly from global digital brands (Yahoo! and MSN), but also from start-up level (Uuni). Caroline was drawn to Pilotlight as a way of using her professional skills to bring benefits to charities in the UK, and was attracted to the role by the simplicity and effectiveness of the Pilotlight model…much as many of our Pilotlighters are!
Bee joined Pilotlight in May 2018 as a Project Manager, after roles as a Development Officer with a mental health charity and as a Volunteering and Training Manager for a students’ union. Originally from Worcestershire, she served with West Mercia Police for 13 years in a number of front-line operational roles before moving into the Third Sector in 2014. This move was driven by a personal passion for volunteering and the inspiration she had derived from working with charities including Girl Guiding UK and Time Bank.
Michael joined Pilotlight in September 2017. He started his career as part of the Corporate Responsibility and Diversity team at the law firm Eversheds Sutherland, working with a number of charity partners including the NSPCC and WaterAid. Here he coordinated the diversity network groups and managed the firm’s national social mobility programme, which aimed to increase diversity in the legal profession. He has also worked for a charity supporting with access to higher education and the most competitive professions for disadvantaged young people.
Lucy joined Pilotlight in February 2018. She has four years’ experience in the not for profit sector, working most recently for an international development organisation offering e-mentoring to women entrepreneurs based in over 100 countries. Prior to this she held a fundraising role at the University of Warwick and has also volunteered with several homelessness charities in London.
Shenley joined Pilotlight in June 2013 and is responsible for the recruitment and retention of business members, as well as managing the relationship between Pilotlight, business members and partner organisations. Shenley has over 15 years' experience in business development, recruitment and customer service, having managed all aspects of the Chartered Director Qualification at the Institute of Directors. An interest and experience in charity sector clients comes from working at JustGiving, managing a number of strategic partnerships with large charity clients.
Giulia joined Pilotlight in November 2017. She studied Political Science and International relations in Rome. After graduating she moved to Berlin, where she started her career in marketing. She moved to London in 2011 and continued working in marketing and sales roles. This is her first position in the third sector.
Partnerships Manager (Libi's Maternity Cover)
Aimee has over 16 years' experience in the not-for-profit sector working in areas such as business development, change management and relationship building as well as marketing and PR. Having an interest psychology, holistic healing techniques and self-development has seen Aimee attend workshops across the globe in areas such as Whole Body Mindfulness, Surrendered Leadership and alternative healing modalities.
Partnerships Manager (On Maternity Leave)
Libi joined Pilotlight as Partnerships Manager for Scotland in August 2017. She previously worked for an international sustainability organisation, managing their communications and community relations work. Libi’s background is in the third sector, specialising in sustainability engagement campaigns within communities and at major events. Her experience ranges from conservation outreach in the Northern Isles of Scotland to sustainable lifestyle projects in central London. She was also part of the sustainability teams delivering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and The 2014 Ryder Cup.
Max joined Pilotlight in February 2017. He recently graduated from the University of York where he read Law. During his time at university, Max was involved in numerous NFP organisations, including the local Pro Bono Law Clinic and an events company which raised money for local charities. Before starting at Pilotlight, Max was Partnerships and Marketing Manager for a London-based tech start-up.
Marketing Communications Manager
Lucy joined Pilotlight in December 2016 to manage Marketing Communications for the whole organisation. She has ten years’ experience in marketing, previously working in leading publishing companies on B2B and B2C marketing campaigns in the UK and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This is her first position in the third sector.
Georges joined Pilotlight in September 2014 and provides support to both the charity recruitment and membership teams. Prior to this, he was developing his family’s translation and antiques-selling enterprises, expanding their French-based businesses to the UK. He has a Master’s degree in International Relations, and is particularly interested in how the business sector can work to help address social issues
Cornish and Grey
Charlotte Cornish and Anna Grey are strategic research and evaluation consultants each with more than 25 years of practising market and social research for public, private and third sector organisations.
Since 2013, they have worked with Pilotlight to understand, measure and improve the effectiveness of its programmes. In addition, Cornish and Grey provide on-going support for Pilotlight’s internal monitoring of customer feedback and one off pieces off research to explore, for example, the needs of a stakeholder group, the effectiveness of a new programme, or the impact of a programme or systems change.
After a long career in retail, latterly as CEO of White Stuff, Sally now works as a portfolio Non-Executive, board adviser and mentor. Sally is the Chair of Kin&Co, and is a trustee of The Eve Appeal. She is also a mentor for The Marketing Academy.
Tina’s career has been within the financial services industry, both in the UK and internationally. She now works in the Social Sector and is currently a trustee of the Resolution Foundation, Clore Social Leadership Programme and a founding partner of an Ark Primary school in West London.
Chris works at ICG, an alternative asset manager where he is Director of Operations. Chris has been a Pilotlighter since 2004 and has worked on numerous projects across a range of social issues.
Gary is a Chartered Surveyor and specialises in urban renewal development. Gary is a trustee of a small charity that provides overseas aid and he also sits on the Development Board of the Reading Real Estate Foundation. He became a Pilotlighter in 2009.
Peter is a successful business and technology leader, and is currently CEO of a Fintech start up. A specialist in leading organisations through complex transformational change, he loves solving problems and delivering results. He's been a Pilotlighter since 2013 and believes that businesses and their managers get significant value from engaging with the charitable sector. He has personally been involved with a range of charities as a trustee, as a volunteer and as a Pilotlighter, and has found Pilotlight's engagement model is by far the most effective.
Tulsi Naidu is Chief Executive Officer for Zurich in the UK. She has over 20 years’ leadership experience, a track record of driving results in a complex business and regulatory environment, and delivering large-scale business transformation. Tulsi is a member of the FCA Practitioner Panel, the ABI Board, the CBI President’s Council and the Advisory Council of CityUK.. She has been a Pilotlighter since 2011.
Jose is a Director of Strategic Alliances at IHS Markit, an information, software and analysis provider to businesses in industries such as financial services, energy, aerospace, defence and automotive. His career has focused on financial markets, having worked amongst others for 360 Trading Networks, Bloomberg LP and Deutsche Bank. Originally from Spain where he volunteered for many years at the Red Cross, Jose moved to the UK 19 years ago and has been a Pilotlighter since 2014.
Andrea Sinclair is an experienced internet entrepreneur and angel investor. Her background is originally in strategy consulting with McKinsey & Company. Since 1999, she has been working in internet start-up businesses. Andrea is now mainly focused on angel investments in technology start-ups, as well as in supporting social entrepreneurs, particularly as a member of the Ashoka Support Network and Pilotlight. She is a Non-Executive Director at Great British Chefs and Loco2.
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