Tim Bissett, Director. Tim is our Director. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Charity, working closely with the Trustees. Before joining St Martin’s, Tim was the Chief Executive of the Church Urban Fund. His interests include following the fortunes of Southampton FC and playing the trumpet. He is also a keen cyclist and runner.
Kirsty Gurm, Head of Fundraising. Kirsty is our Head of Fundraising. She joined us from Excellent Development in April 2015. Kirsty’s role is to look after our many donors and spread our message to inspire people to give and get involved. She also manages our High Value Donor Programme. She enjoys cycling, running and escaping to green spaces in London.
Natalie King, Head of Development. Nat is our Head of Development. She manages the Frontline Network and the Vicar’s Relief Fund. In her previous role, she worked with homeless and vulnerably housed clients to help them access support services across London. When not juggling work and family life you’ll find her eating ice-cream and plotting her next adventure.
Mark Phillippo, Impact Manager. Mark is our Impact Manager. Among other things, he supports the team with grant assessment and payments. He has worked in a variety of roles in the supported housing and homelessness sectors for the past 20 years.He enjoys live music, the theatre and playing 5-a-side football.
Amanda Bennett, Partnerships Manager. Amanda is our Partnerships Manager. She manages the relationships with our 10 Partners and organises our Annual Conference. She has previously worked in frontline roles, Fundraising, Project Management and International Development work in the UK and West Africa, as well as in the diving industry in S.E. Asia. Outside of work, she loves adding extra stamps in her passport, photography and leading an amphibious lifestyle.
Faye Gunton, Fundraising Development Manager. Faye is our Fundraising Development Manager, leading on our work with charitable trusts and foundations, and major donors. In previous roles she has worked in local and national healthcare charities, managing partnerships with philanthropists, National Lottery Community Fund and statutory bodies such as NHS England. When she is not at work, you might find Faye tending to her balcony garden or dressmaking.
Rachel Marshall, Policy and Best Practice Manager. Rachel is our Policy and Best Practice Manager. She communicates with frontline workers through the Frontline Network and shares learnings to influence local and national decision making. She has a background in social policy research and delivering community projects. Outside of work she enjoys sketching, maps and cycling to new spots in London.
Deborah Giles, Individual Giving Manager. Deborah is our Individual Giving Manager. She is responsible for developing the charity’s Individual Giving programme by ensuring that our supporters are valued, appreciated and kept informed of the impact of their support on our work. Deborah’s role also includes promoting gifts in Wills as another valuable way of supporting the charity. Deborah is a keen walker and gardener, and has participated in two London Marathons.
Jason Green, Charity Operations Officer. Jason is our Charity Operations Officer. He is responsible for the office administrative, facilities and financial functions of the Charity. Prior to St Martin’s, Jason worked in community charity and media policy. He enjoys reading, the theatre and cinema, the gym, history and travelling.
Laura Aznar Herranz, Fundraising and Communications Officer. Laura is our Fundraising and Communications Officer. She manages our digital channels, leading on fundraising communications strategy, and working with our media partners. She also supports the Fundraising Team on our campaigns. When she is not at work, you might find her planning her next trip back home to Spain, hiking or lost in a good book.
Abi Tsuts, VRF Grants Coordinator. Abi is one of our VRF Coordinators. She supports the Charity Team with assessments and payments. She has worked in the charity sector for over 8 years, with the last 6 in a grant giving. In her spare time, she likes eating, reading and at times, is known to actually enjoy doing DIY jobs around the house!
Nick Stevens, VRF Grants Coordinator. Nick is another of our VRF coordinators, supporting the Team with assessments and payments. He has worked for 18 years in frontline roles, supporting ex-offenders in a housing environment. He enjoys being outdoors at the beach, reading or listening to music. He is also an avid rugby fan.
Amy Washbrook, VRF Grants Coordinator. Amy is one of our VRF Coordinators. She supports the Charity Team with assessments and payments. She came to us from working on the frontline, supporting service users in temporary accommodation. When not at work, you will find her amongst the trees or wild swimming.