Paul Taylor Chair
Paul has worked in social care for the last 32 years predominantly in services for disabled children and young people. He has worked for Barnardo’s in London for the last 16 years in a variety of managerial roles and he is currently managing a fostering service.
Katie Ann Smith Vice Chair
Katie is Heritage Engagement Manager at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution where she is responsible for increasing access and engagement with their heritage. Prior to this she worked for Collections Trust, the professional association for collections management, promoting the use of standards to improve access to museum collections. In her spare time Katie is a regular gig goer and active member within the DIY punk and Independent music scene.
Nick Dugdale Treasurer
Nick has a variety of charity sector finance experience, is currently Senior Management Accountant at Plan International Headquarters, is a member of the ACCA and has an ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. A keen saxophonist, Nick writes and plays for Panda Party, an indie rock band, having previously supported Acoustic Ladyland, performed with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and at the Coventry Jazz Festival.
Paul worked in outdoor events for nearly 20 (ouch) years and is the Events and Film Manager for Southwark Council. He has produced exciting hundreds of exciting events including Bradford Mela, Carnaval del Pueblo, Bermondsey Carnival, Tour de France, Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations and House of Switzerland and supports over 200 hundred events a year in Southwark’s parks and open spaces. Paul headed up Southwark’s London 2012 team, sits on the Events Industry Forum and is the chair of the London Events Forum.
Zoë is currently Procurement and Contracts Manager at Amnesty International, where she oversees all the organisation's third party relationships. She also volunteers with Muscular Dystrophy UK on their "Trailblazers" programme, which focuses on barriers faced by young disabled people who want to live, work, and socialise alongside their non-disabled peers. In her spare time Zoë likes to play the keyboard (hesitantly), sing in a local choir (anonymously), and drink large glasses of red wine (inevitably).
Marnie is the Head of Major Giving & Trusts at the Roundhouse in London. She has over 15 years’ experience of fundraising in the arts, heritage and higher education sectors, with particular strengths in strategic development, start-ups, capital and endowment fundraising. In her spare time Marnie is a culture vulture – regularly attending music gigs, festivals, comedy, theatre and exhibitions.