Our Team

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.


Steve Boucher – Executive Director of Programmes

Steve has been commissioned to help the Trust conduct a major strategic review of its grant policy; analyse the impact of its 'Young People with Poverty of Opportunity Programme' and help it  plan for and implement a series of flagship fiftieth anniversary projects.   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 - Head of IT and Office Services

Rob works with the Trust to ensure that it makes the best possible use of its IT systems in the furtherance of its charitable objectives.  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.




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.  David manages the Trust's grant administration, including grant contracts and payments.  He manages the interface with grant recipients to ensure that they provide timely grant progress and monitoring reports.   David also takes a lead role in managing the Trust's hardship awards programme, liaising with referral partners to ensure that the programme meets the needs of the most vulnerable young people in Kent. 



Independent Experts - employed on a consultancy basis


Nigel Siederer – Senior Grants Adviser

Nigel is commissioned to provide independent assessments of grant applications.  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.