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TFN Team

We're always happy to chat at events, but until then, meet us here!


Eugenie Harvey

Eugenie Harvey, Chief Executive

I’ve known TFN for over a decade and in a number of different guises. Firstly as a neighbour when the charity I co-founded shared office space with TFN, secondly as a beneficiary after pitching at a TFN event, and thirdly as a member of the TFN team. From 2012-19 I was the inaugural International Director, exporting the TFN model to 20 countries outside of the UK, and now I’m very proud to be CEO.

Away from TFN, I’m a wife and mother, dedicated yogi and in 2018 I was elected to Harlow District Council and appointed Portfolio Holder for Community and Wellbeing, a voluntary role I enjoy greatly.

Please don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you would like to talk about any aspect of TFN’s work.

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Jennie JeffreyJennie Jeffery, Impact Manager

I graduated in 2010 from the University of Edinburgh with a MA in English Literature. After a few years working in retail management in Paris I moved back to the UK to pursue my passion for the third sector. After working for a maternal health charity, I joined TFN in 2014 and have held a number of roles. I'm currently focusing on supporting the charities we work with to ensure that our impact goes well beyond the funds we raise. I'm passionate about the power of ordinary people to change their local communities and the environment for the better.

Outside of work I am proud to be a Trustee of Flamingo Chicks, a fantastic small charity that I met at my very first TFN event. I also enjoy reading, cooking, experimenting with my sewing machine, hiking in the countryside, and exercising with my hula hoop.

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Sally HoangSally Hoang, Finance and Grants Manager

I graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Westminster. I started volunteering at my local charity shop at college and from then, I knew I wanted a career in the third sector.

I joined TFN from Mind, where I was Income and Operations Coordinator and realised I really enjoyed the finance side of working in charity. TFN is very fast paced, but it's really great working with such a lovely team and meeting the members.

In my spare time I enjoy being with my friends and family, trying to cook (emphasis on the trying!) and reading.

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Rosanna HutchingsRosanna Hutchings, Events and Communications Manager

I have worked in the charity sector since 2016 (at Literacy Pirates who received funding from TFN!). I am experienced in managing volunteers and enjoy bringing people together to support good causes. I have a masters in Gender, Media and Culture from the LSE and a BA in History and Politics from Newcastle University.

Outside of work, I like to read and hope to one day publish my own novel. I also like to run (but not enough to commit to a marathon!) and have regular get togethers with neighbours, as a volunteer at East London Cares.

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Julia Smith, Membership Manager

I have joined TFN following eight years' experience at a not-for-profit Community Interest Company managing the intellectual property rights of artists and their estates. My passion lies in supporting others (most often through databases and spreadsheets!) and I am excited to expand my knowledge of the third sector. Previously, I studied History and Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent and have worked as a music and arts writer.

Outside of work I enjoy reading, crafting and attempting DIY interiors projects, helped by an innate ability to read flat-pack furniture instructions thanks to my Swedish heritage.

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Mihaela GiurgiuMihaela Giurgiu, TFN International Collaborator

My first brush with TFN was in 2012 when my colleagues at the time were introducing the concept to business leaders and philanthropy professionals in Bucharest, Romania. I had the pleasure of attending my first event in 2013 in Battersea, London and I was so moved by the charities pitching that I ended up pledging to several organisations. Over the years my work to support development of community foundations in Romania and then across Europe kept me involved with the work of TFN. Since 2021 I have had the pleasure of helping to coordinate the activities of the international programme and witness the power of collective giving taking shape across the globe through the wonderful work of our international parters. In my other capacity I support community foundations across Europe to share knowledge and create spaces for meaningful reflection of their practice. 

Outside of work I enjoy reading, solving word puzzles, cooking and hiking. 

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The Funding Network was created in 2002 by a group of four individuals, with the goal of creating a forum where people could join together to learn about social change, the work of small-scale non-profits, and help fund as a group. Our four founders established the initial network which has evolved to what we know today.

Frederick Mulder CBE, Founder

Frederick MulderAlthough I’m Canadian, I’ve lived in the UK since 1968, when I came over to finish my PhD in Philosophy. Fully intending to go back to Canada and teach university when I got my degree, I instead started a business in London dealing in original prints (etchings, engravings, lithographs, and woodcuts). The business went well from the start, and while I loved (and still love) the business I was also aware that the world had many injustices, and I developed the habit of tithing to projects that addressed those issues. Although there were many generous people in the art world, I didn’t actually know anyone else who was giving to projects addressing the kinds of issues I was concerned about, particularly abroad, and I made a number of mistakes early on. Fortunately, I got involved with a group of like-minded people, with whom I learned how much more interesting it was to have a peer group of givers to talk things over with, and how much further my limited funds went when pooled with those of other people.

I’ve come to realise over the years that giving, like many other activities, is more interesting, more satisfying, and probably more competent, if it is done in the company of other people. The money also seems to go further! Also, most giving is done in response to an appeal, sometimes received in the post, sometimes from someone you know, and what I think is so good about an organisation like TFN is that it belongs to the donors. By choosing to be proactive and thinking about what we want to support, we take responsibility for the process; by inviting organisations to come and present to us, by raising the questions we think are important, we also take responsibility for the outcome of our meetings, and I think this makes us more generous. For me, TFN has made the experience of giving a whole lot more interesting; there’s nothing quite like hearing the story of someone’s work and realising I can do something to help make it happen.

Frederick Mulder was the winner of the Judges’ Special Beacon Fellowship Prize in March 2004 and was awarded a CBE for Services to Philanthropy in the 2012 New Year honours list.

Polly McLean, Co-founder

Polly McLeanI was born in South Africa in 1974; my father was a rich businessman, and my mother an activist working for nuclear disarmament. Between the ages of 7 and 14 I spent alternate months with each of them, living very different lifestyles: at mum’s at the age of 10 I had to create a wall chart for pocket money spending, including a ‘give to charity’/tithing section, did my own washing etc. At dad’s we had a housekeeper, swimming pool and exotic holidays. I was very close to both of them. Dad died was I was 14, leaving a very complicated estate, which was only sorted out and distributed when I was 19.

During those teenage years, mum continued to be concerned that I learnt how to be generous and sensible with the money I was going to come into, and introduced me to several philanthropists, including Frederick Mulder! During university I did a training course that I wanted my friends to experience, but it cost £235 and they were all students and broke, so I paid for some of them – this was my first real experience of giving money.

Just after university, a friend (Felicia) wrote me a very inspirational letter asking me to fund her postgraduate studies. I did. After that lots of friends approached me for funding, and I was upset – not because they asked but because in most cases I wasn’t inspired enough by what they were proposing to do to want to give, but I didn’t know how to say no without ruining the friendship. Felicia expressed a desire to reciprocate the support I had given her by helping me learn how to say no; together we set up The Build Trust (UK), a grant-making charity with a specific focus on my main area of concern at the time: personal and social education for underprivileged children.

After university I went to South Africa, where I was born, for 6 months and worked as a creche assistant in a township project for women with malnourished children; this opened my eyes to some of the issues around social change work in developing countries. I came back and completed a MA in Effective Learning (dissertation on meditation in English primary schools). Around this time I met up with the philanthropists mum had introduced me to and did some co-funding with them. We wanted to spread the paradigm further and took steps that led to the establishment of The Funding Network. My favourite part of TFN is exposure to such inspiring projects.

So far through sponsoring and other forms of fundraising I have helped social change organisations raise approximately £100,000. I have also personally given around £300,000. I also work as a French to English translator and translated two novels for publication.

Sue Gillie, Co-founder

Sue GillieI was the first Oxbridge student in 10 years from my distinctly moderate grammar school in South London. However, my subject, Natural Sciences, and my ambition to become a nuclear physicist, proved a mistake as I couldn’t do maths in three dimensions, and I also began to realise I was a people person and a doer, not a backroom type. I left my first job, as a financial analyst with RTZ (where I met my husband), in 1969 when I was expecting my first child, and soon after we went to Montreal for three years. My first step into the charitable world occurred here, quite by accident: I thought I was volunteering to make sandwiches but found I had been recruited as a counsellor for the Family Planning Association of Montreal and subsequently became its vice-president.

Back in England in 1982, another chance encounter led me into becoming an estate agent, first as staff and then buying my employer out. I built up a small chain, bringing my husband in as a partner when several branches became too much to manage with two teenage sons, a large house and very big garden. We sold out in 1988, at the peak of the first property boom, and found ourselves with no need for full time jobs but many years before us. It was at this point that we discovered the Network for Social Change, a sort of philanthropic talking shop for people with a certain degree of wealth. NFSC changed my life from the first meeting we attended as I learnt there about Ashoka, an overseas development charity with which I very soon became deeply involved, running the UK branch and chairing the trustee board. Seven years of this opened more doors for me, notably into the New Economics Foundation of which I became a trustee and chaired for seven years. I am currently chair of PG Time Bank and of start-up CleanConscience. Past positions include trustee of the Nationwide Foundation and of the Association of Charitable Foundations, among others. Being part of the founding group of TFN and helping it grow has been enormously satisfying.

My years with Ashoka had another major effect, that of introducing me – and my husband – to the huge pleasure and interest of overseas travel, not as a tourist but seeing the underside of countries, real life, by visiting Ashoka Fellows in many developing countries. We feel deeply privileged to have had such an interesting life, and to have met so many really inspiring people. I am sure we have got at least as much out of our philanthropic activities as we have put in.

Paul Kelland, Co-founder

Paul KellandI am a London GP and I live and work in Hackney with my partner and 2 children. My practice is based in Shoreditch in the south west corner of Hackney and I have been working there since 1998. The population we serve is hugely diverse and is drawn from the many deprived estates that dominate the area.

My Partner is also a GP and we have both been supporting social change projects for many years. We became involved in The Funding Network because we were interested in developing an organization which would bring individual funders, like ourselves, (often with modest incomes), and social change organisations (who often run on small budgets) together in a mutually beneficial way.

Social change funding remains an exciting and powerful way of influencing society in a positive way. Many of the individuals and projects we have funded through The Funding Network have been truly inspirational and have gone on to make their communities healthier, happier and fairer.

As for me, I was born in 1962 in Plymouth. My father was a geophysicist. His work meant that every 18 months or so our family were on the move. We went from Iran to The Lebanon, from Libya to Saudi Arabia, and from Texas to Abu Dhabi. As a teenager I had already been to 8 schools, had lessons in English, Arabic and French, been evacuated twice, and driven from Lebanon to the UK in a beaten up old Renault.

After a spell at boarding school in Devon I went onto study Architecture at University College London. After qualifying I worked on a range of projects in London, Edinburgh and Zimbabwe. It was during this time that my interests shifted and I decided to retrain as a Doctor.

I studied medicine in North and East London and developed an interest in Inner City health care. After a brief spell in Colombia I took over a small practice in Hackney with a colleague. Hackney hosts many of the new waves of immigrants arriving in the UK so our patient mix is constantly changing. I love my work and I find life as an Inner City GP endlessly enriching and challenging.



As the network has grown, we've always maintained our position as a member-led organisation. Our Trustees are all TFN members who give their time to help shape and direct the future of the organisation. If you are interested in joining our Board, please complete this form and we will be in touch.



I read law at Kings College, London and hold an MBA from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Although I started my career in the banking industry, I have spent many years engaged with the not for profit sector. 

I joined the board of The Funding Network because I am keen to support grassroots organisations. Having founded and run one such organisation, I know first-hand the   positive impact that they can make to the communities they serve. I am passionate about education projects and believe in the power of collective action to make a difference in the world.



Christina ChambersChristina Chambers

I studied philosophy at Kings College London and law at the University of Bristol. I am currently a trainee solicitor at Mishcon de Reya LLP and am heavily involved with pro bono, impact, access to law and social justice work.I got involved with TFN purely by chance at one of their fundraising events and was blown away by both the fledgling charities who were pitching, and the generosity of TFN members. TFN is a really unique platform and addresses the two major issues that charitable ventures tend to face, which is unsurprisingly not a lack of incredible ideas or motivation, but: 1) who would fund them; and 2) how to get these prospective funders’ attention?

I jumped at the opportunity to be a trustee for TFN, and I am looking forward to contributing even in some small way, to bringing the vision of these charities to life.


Michael Chuter

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors and spent much of my working life in the consumer goods sector. Then, a little over ten years ago, I became tired of selling overpriced merchandise to people who didn’t need it and moved into the charity sector. I am presently the Chief Executive of Pump Aid, a small water charity working in sub-Saharan Africa.

My decision to join TFN was a logical step in my drive to increase the impact of the small charity movement. We need the global reach of the major charities, but it is all too easy for large charities to be sucked in by government largesse and to lose sight of those that are left behind. So we need small charities too, working below the radar, working in unfashionable areas, meeting uncomfortable needs and seeing every beneficiary as an individual. These are the charities that TFN seeks to support and this is the reason I support TFN.


Ailis ClarkeAilis Clarke, Deputy Chair

In the distant past, I read Law at Trinity College Dublin and Katholeike Universteit Leuven and I am currently the Managing Director of Idrus-Gable. I also sit on the Fellowship Panel at the IRM, The Coaching panel at KKR and The Review panel at Harvard Business Review. In my free time I love family weekends, walking the dogs, as many concerts as possible, and the odd episode of Modern Family.

Even though my company specialises in leadership coaching, nothing prepared me for the brilliant leaders that I have met through my work with The Funding Network. TFN is a beacon of support and positive change for many charities and initiatives in the UK and beyond. Linking vibrant, thoughtful, inspiring donors with dynamic changemakers never disappoints!



Adrian Coles OBE

I read economics at Nottingham and Sheffield Universities and I have spent my career in financial services, serving for twenty years as Chief Executive of the Building Societies Assocation. I was lucky that BSA allowed me to serve in a non-executive capacity in many not-for-profit organisations including housing associations, charities, co-operatives and schools.

I am now a member of a number of boards, but TFN is different! I love the mixture of changing the world for the better, addressing very difficult social problems, helping small charities with big ambitions and meeting inspirational people at such lively and exciting events.


Jennifer JohnstonJennifer Johnston

My school careers counsellor in South Africa laughed when I said I wanted to change the world for the better when I grew up. The same teacher despaired when I declined to specialise. It seemed to me that changing the world was a broad job.

After thirteen years learning a variety of banking trades, today I work as a generalist in financial services. I care passionately about playing a role in tackling problems in social inequality, climate change and international infrastructure development. TFN enables my small contribution to have an impact by pooling similarly motivated individual contributions together in a unique, fun, engaging way. I am honoured to serve as a Trustee with this exceptional group of people.


Sam Lush, Chair

I work in KPMG’s Private Equity Group, based in New York. Prior to this I was Chief of Staff to the CEO of KPMG UK and I started my career in banking and wealth management. I have worked in the UK, Switzerland and now in the USA. I grew up in Winchester, Hampshire and then went to Exeter University. Outside of work I'll have a go at most sports - think "all the gear and no idea” - and am most keen on cycling yoga, and anything on the water. I'm a keen traveller and love going to the latest art exhibitions and Broadway shows.

My journey with philanthropy started early in my career – and TFN was the perfect incubator for this passion. I am always fascinated by the causes I see at TFN events - not to mention, the wonderful people I meet. I always go home knowing that we’ve made a difference to grassroots charities doing amazing things around the world. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of this fantastic organisation.


Kawika SolidumKawika Solidum

I’m the Head of Region (North West) for the Centre for Social Justice, an award-winning organisation that is putting social justice at the heart of British politics.

Previously, I was the Director of Engagement at London Youth, a membership charity that serves and supports over 500 community youth organisations in London. I have served as the interim Director of Communications Strategy and Engagement at Step Up To Serve, the charity coordinating the #iwill campaign, and also the Chief Executive of BeyondMe, a social enterprise that helped to match pro bono business professionals to charity projects.

My range of communications and engagement experience spans the public, private and voluntary sectors, including working for Impetus and Clifford Chance.




Jon Snow is the Patron of The Funding Network and a British journalist and broadcaster. He is best known for presenting Channel 4 News and has been a key part of the network since 2011.


Jon SnowJon Snow

A long time ago, before I became a journalist, I worked for three years as Director of the New Horizon Youth Centre - a day centre for vulnerable and homeless teenagers in London. I have been on the Board ever since, and Chair since 1986. Raising money for young people whom society often regards as agents of their own misfortune is hard indeed. Then I heard of The Funding Network and the extraordinary Fred Mulder, its founder. New Horizon successfully bid to pitch at a TFN event at Coutts Bank in 2008. On the night, there was an amazing buzz amid the throng of some four hundred people - mainly in the 25-40 age group. I was spellbound by the process and the degree to which those who presented were engaged. We emerged with a staggering £37,000, which made a profound difference to the day centre's needs.

Fred, followed by Michael Maynard and now Sam Lush, had little difficulty in attracting my interest in putting my shoulder to TFN's wheel as Patron. I'm delighted to be involved with a group of such generous funders. I love the process of raising the money. I'd like to see our outreach to other cities and succeed - the signs are good so far. I'm very proud to be involved in one of the most original funding efforts in these times of austerity.



We are lucky to have a number of dedicated volunteers that work across the UK in our regional networks.

We are always on the lookout for anyone wishing to volunteer their skills and time to us. Get in touch with Jennie Jeffery today.







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