Jacqueline RaeJacqueline Rae - Chief Executive

Jacqueline has worked with grant-making trusts and foundations for over thirty years both in a paid capacity and as a trustee. Her proven track record includes: Assistant Director Baring Foundation, National Co-ordinator Independent Broadcasting Telethon Trust and Grants Advisor to the Burdett Trust for Nursing.  Jacqueline launched her career in housing and homelessness, managing a Centrepoint housing project in South London and then working as a resettlement officer in a nightshelter in Hammersmith.  Jacqueline works for Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust on a part-time basis, also working as an established consultant advising on all aspects of grant-making; in particular setting up new charitable trusts, recruiting key members of staff and streamlining administration to allow more time for strategic grant-making.



David Williams – Administrator

After a long career as a service manager at IBM, David decided to change direction and explore his interest in the charity sector.  David has worked for the Trust for over ten years on a part-time basis, complementing his voluntary work for human rights charities.


Independent Experts - employed on a consultancy basis


Nigel Siederer – Senior Grants Adviser

Nigel has worked in the voluntary and charitable sector for 35 years including 12 as CEO of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF).  He has worked with most of the third sector's key strategic organisations, including the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Charities Aid Foundation, Directory of Social Change, Institute of Fundraising, Futurebuilders and Capacity Builders.   As well as offering consultancy advice, Nigel has been a lead staff member and a trustee and has also worked at the government-voluntary-corporate sector interfaces.    Nigel belongs to the Charity Law Association and was one of the key lobbyists for the Trustee Act 2000; a role that was acknowledged by the Law Commission and the School of Law.


Steve Boucher – Director of Strategy

Steve has worked for non-profit organisations for over thirty years, primarily within the housing sector.  He has extensive knowledge of supporting young people and families, and of adult education.  Until recently, Steve was Interim CEO at Grenfell Housing and Training, overseeing a merger which helped form the third largest supported housing provider in London.  As well as working as an adviser to Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, Steve is a Senior Partner of  "Speak To Consultancy", who specialise in leadership, change management and complexity, employee engagement and developing and reviewing strategic policy.  


Rob Lilley - IT Systems Adviser

Rob is a highly experienced IT manager who has worked in both the charitable and commercial sectors.  His varied roles have included senior project manager, hardware and software engineering and training all levels of staff.  Rob has worked with a large range of grant making organisations over the last fifteen years, helping them to implement robust, reliable IT systems that are cost-effective, streamlined and efficient.  Rob supports the trust with its grants management software and he is responsible for enuring that the trust's IT systems are reliable and secure.