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Michael Pitchford

Trustee

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Michael is Head of Grant Programmes at Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, a volunteer with Just Treatment, and a trustee with Global Green Grants UK.

Previous work

Michael’s background is in community development and organising within Gypsy Traveller and refugee communities. Michael is training as a coach with the Oasis School of Human Relations.

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Ruth Stephens

Trustee

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Ruth is Senior Grant-Making Manager: South East and East at the National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF), overseeing investments across the South East and East regions.   

Previous work 

Ruth has worked in grant-making since 2016 and is particularly passionate about place-based, local grant-making and shifting power dynamic in funding relationships.  

She comes from a voluntary sector background, and prior to TNLCF, she managed programmes and projects at Ethical Property Foundation and LawWorks.

Other interests 

Ruth’s enjoys wandering around antique shops, swimming, theatre, and going to gigs to indulge her love of heavy metal music. 

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André Clarke

Trustee

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André is Director of Charity Development at Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales. His role brings together investing in small charities through funding but also strengthening the organisational effectiveness and sustainability of charities. 

Previous work 

André has worked in roles across the international and UK not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors. He worked at BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief, focussing on improving the effectiveness of their social change work. He is also the Chair of the Open and Trusting Grant-making initiative.  

Other interests 

Outside of work, he enjoys outdoor walks, baking, being an avid fan of Great British Bake Off, and learning how to swim. 

Palmela Witter

Trustee

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Palmela is Project Manager for ‘Positive Futures Fund’, Southwark Council’s Knife Crime Community Safety programme.

Previous work

Palmela has over 20 years’ experience of working in local government and across the voluntary and community sector, both in a paid and a volunteer capacity, as well as an MSc in Voluntary and Community Sector Studies from Birkbeck, University of London.

Kamna Muralidharan

Chair

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Kamna is Chair of IVAR’s Board of Trustees. She is Portfolio Manager at Impact on Urban Health, a member of The Edge Fund, and a Trustee at The Otakar Kraus Music Trust.

Previous work

Kamna’s background is in grassroots community development at Newham Asian Women’s Project; and she has an MA in Social Anthropology of Development from SOAS.

Anneessa Mahmood
Anneessa Mahmood

Trustee

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Anneessa is Director of Member Services at the Community Transport Association UK and a Trustee of Wrexham Glyndwr Students’ Union.

Previous work

Between 2015 and 2017, Anneessa was a Youth Leadership Group Member of the Commission on Islam and Public Life; she is currently completing a Masters in People and Organisational Development at the Roffey Park Institute.

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Rosa Powloski

Trustee

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Rosa originally joined IVAR as Head of Communications to develop a comms strategy and share research insights and learning with a growing audience base. She develops organisations through creativity, messaging and design. After two years at IVAR, she went freelance and later joined our Board. 

Previous work: With over 18 years brand marketing experience Rosa worked with commercial and voluntary sector organisations at a local and national level. Her clients include The National Youth Orchestra, The Amy Winehouse Foundation, The National Trust and The YMCA. 

Other interests: Rosa is on the board a youth-led, social enterprise called Fully Focused. She has also completed an MSc in Charity Marketing and Fundraising at Cass Business School. 

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Tim Jones

Treasurer 

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Tim has been a trustee since 2006. He met Ben Cairns when they were both serving as governors at their children’s primary school.  Tim is a Chartered Accountant and currently works as Finance Director for Oxford Computer Group. 

Previous work 

He has worked in a number of positions, from senior positions at British Telecom, to Treasurer of an Oxford College – very different propositions in terms of size, scale and governance, in almost every respect! 

Other interests 

Tim works in a number of voluntary positions. He remains a school governor and has been Treasurer and Trustee for Oxford Youth Choir and Oxford University Rugby Football Club. He enjoys cycling and wishes he could spend more time skiing. 

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Sam Brier

Deputy Chair

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Sam is the Deputy Chair of IVAR’s Board of Trustees. He led the development of the Partnership Improvement Programme and was a facilitator of the Building Health Partnerships and the Health and Social Value programmes, as well as strategic review work with organisations funded by the Tudor Trust and Lankelly Chase.

Previous work

Sam was chief executive of Kids, a national charity for disabled children, for seven years. Prior to that he was executive director of Norwood, a Jewish charity providing services to children and adults with learning disabilities. He has a Masters degree in Public and Social Administration and a PhD in strategic decision-making in voluntary organisations.

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