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Board of Trustees

The board is made up of volunteers from varied backgrounds and a mix of skills and experiences.

Patrick Dunne OBE


Joined December 2023

Patrick has held leadership roles across civil society and business. He is currently Chair of Education Sub Saharan Africa and previously founding Chair of EY Foundation. His business career has included executive roles at FTSE 100 business 3i and Air Products. Patrick is also a visiting professor and author of award winning book Boards: A Practical Perspective. 

Margaret Moore

Deputy Chair of Trustees and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Joined May 2020

Since retiring from a City law firm as a commercial lawyer, she has volunteered for many charities including as Vice Chair of Sue Ryder. She is currently a trustee of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and Prior Park Schools and Vice Chair of the Fundraising Regulator.

Dele Adeleye


Joined January 2024

Dele is a senior leader at the Bank of England with a specialism in financial stability, prudential regulation, and risk management. He is also a dedicated volunteer and passionate about social justice. Previously, he was Trustee at health charity, Tourettes Action.

Helen Buckingham


Joined December 2023

With over 20 years of board level experience in healthcare organisations, Helen is the Director of Strategy at Nuffield Trust, a leading think tank in health and care. She is also current Chair of National Voices, the organisation which represents 200 health charities and those who rely on them.

Dr Justin Davis-Smith CBE


Joined May 2020

Justin has worked in leadership positions in the voluntary sector for most of his professional life including The Institute for Volunteering Research and CEO of Volunteering England. He is Course Director of the charity master’s programme at Bayes Business School.  Justin sits on our People & Remuneration Committee.


Frankie Herbert


Joined May 2020

Frankie has a successful record of leading growth in SME’s and steering change in consumer and retail companies including Costa Coffee, Fiorucci and Moet Hennessy. He sits on our Investment & Finance Committee.

Jez Hughes CBE


Joined December 2023

Throughout his long service to the charity sector, Jeremy has focussed his work on health and emergency response charities. He has held Chief Executive and leadership positions including Alzheimer’s Society and British Red Cross and he is Co-Chair of The Prime Minister’s Champion Group on Dementia Friendly Communities.

Charlotte Lambkin

Trustee and Chair of People & Remuneration Committee

Joined November 2018

Charlotte specialises in communications and issues management and has worked for BAE Systems and Diageo. She is a non-executive Director at Intertrust plc and sits on the UK Advisory Board of Edelman Communications. Charlotte chairs our People & Remuneration Committee.

Matt Moorut


Joined May 2020

Matt spent five years running the digital and marketing operations for Charity Digital (formerly known as Tech Trust). Now supporting Gartner in an advisory role, he brings a wealth of experience in digital implementation. He sits on our Audit and Risk Committee.

Sara Mubasshir


Joined December 2023

Sara has been consulting on technology led business transformation for the past 20 years, and is currently the Head of Digital Change at the London Business School. Volunteering has been a part of her life from an early age and she continues to support causes like an orphanage in Pakistan and other initiatives across the world through a coordinated network of volunteers. 

Nicola Wadham


Joined December 2023

Nicola is a digital technology leader across private and public sectors with a focus on business transformation.  She was previously Chief Information Officer at the Financial Ombudsman Service after roles at Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and Rolls Royce. A keen sportswoman and bell-ringer, she is also part of the Royal Voluntary Service volunteer community in Kingston.

Richard Williams

Trustee and Chair of Investment & Finance Committee

Joined May 2020

Richard chairs our Investment & Finance Committee and sits on our People & Remuneration Committee. Richard has a wealth of experience in the not for profit, charitable, commercial and volunteering sectors. He is CEO of the Honorary Treasurers Forum and a trustee of the London Welsh Centre.

The trustees provide leadership and strategic direction for Royal Voluntary Service and work closely with the Chief Executive and her leadership team who implement the strategy.

The trustees have legal responsibility for ensuring Royal Voluntary Service resources are properly managed and are used only for the legal purposes of the charity.

The Board of Trustees has a maximum membership of 12.  Each trustee can serve for a maximum of two terms of three years.


The Board of Trustees is supported by three sub-committees:

Audit & Risk

The Audit & Risk Committee meets to consider reports from both external and internal auditors regarding the charity's internal financial control systems, risk management processes, financial reporting and the annual financial statements. It also considers the charity's risk register and horizon risks.

Investment & Finance

The Investment & Finance Committee meets to consider and make recommendations on financial budgets, forecasts and performance. It also scrutinises the business cases for the charity's proposed project investments and oversees the performance of the Royal Voluntary Service investment portfolio.

People & Remuneration

The People & Remuneration Committee meets to consider volunteer and employee issues and to review the performance and remuneration of the Chief Executive. It also considers the charity's pay policy and remuneration strategy and the size, structure and composition of the Board of Trustees. 

Our People & Remuneration Committee is constituted by three of our trustees and acts in accordance with its own terms of reference to consider, amongst other things, setting remuneration for the Chief Executive. It also considers and recommends to the Board of Trustees the charity's pay policy and remuneration strategy. The People & Remuneration Committee considers a wide variety of factors when making a recommendation regarding pay and remuneration. This may include:

  • the demands of the charity’s strategic direction
  • the importance of attracting and retaining suitably skilled, experienced and motivated employees
  • the ability of those employees to lead the charity and it’s volunteers in delivering the charity’s objectives
  • the importance to the charity of achieving its aims in line with the charity’s values, the needs of its clients, participants and it’s volunteers
  • the need to balance the charity’s ability to pay any proposed remuneration with the need to deliver its charitable objectives and to develop the charity for future success.

It may also take into account external independent reference works and remuneration details published by other organisations from which comparable information may be drawn.

  Catherine Johnstone CBE
Job title
Chief Executive
Gross salary 2022/23 £154,684
Gross salary 2021/22 £154,684
Gross salary 2020/21 £153,153
Other benefits
Car allowance
Pension as % of salary