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Senior Management Team

Ed Holloway | Chief Executive

Ed joined BWC in January 2022, bringing with him the extensive experience he has accrued throughout his two-decade-long career in the charity sector. While holding many senior roles during this time, Ed was most recently Executive Director of Digital and Services at the MS Society. Here, he held responsibility for all the MS Society’s support to the MS community - including local groups, the MS Helpline, self-management support and information resources – as well as their digital channels.

Simon Ashmore | Director of Operations and Marketing

Simon joined us in early 2019. Prior to starting at BWC, Simon had a nine-year career at the Royal College of General Practitioners, the examining and professional body for GPs in the UK. Simon held a number of commercial and professional development roles, including Executive Director of GP Forward View, which saw him lead the College’s response to NHS England’s £2.5bn investment in general practice. Simon previously worked at the IFS School of Finance (now the London Institute of Banking and Finance), where he led the marketing and PR teams.

Selam Shibru | Head of Finance and IT

Selam joined BWC in 2007 as a Finance Officer. With a background in Accounting and IT, he manages the finance, IT and risk functions, which includes fund mergers and implementation of key IT projects. He is also serving as the Company Secretary and supports the work of the Finance and Investment Committee, and the Board of Trustees. Before joining BWC, Selam worked in the private sector for more than seven years, and was principally responsible for administering the finance and systems of a consultancy firm based in London.

Victoria Prouse | Head of Services and Grants

Victoria joined us in late 2019 with 16 years’ experience in the Charity Sector, specialising in grant making and advice giving. Victoria most recently worked for two health-based grant makers and prior to that, was Head of Advice and Support at Independent Age. She is currently Vice Chair for the Cicely Northcote Trust, a South London-based grant maker supporting local charities. 

Omair Makhdumi | Head of Marketing

Omair joined us in 2014 with experience spanning the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors. Omair leads on marketing, relationship and business development and is responsible for raising awareness and engagement with the banking community. Prior to joining us, Omair oversaw the rebrand and launch of The Gazette (formerly The London Gazette) and managed the marketing team for the Commercial Services arm at The British Library.

Trustees

Tony Ramos | Chair of the Board of Trustees

Tony enjoyed a career at HSBC for over twenty five years, working across a number of different business areas, including the Global HR team. Tony now works for Eversheds Sutherland LLP holding responsibility for the development of their Diversity and CR strategy and leading their social mobility programmes.

Lena Breen | Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Lena has worked as Head of External Reporting and Accounting Policy for Close Brothers Group. Prior to joining Close Brothers in 2010, Lena was a director in the capital markets group of PWC, based in London and New York.

Michael Field | Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee

Michael is a Chartered Financial Analyst, working for Morningstar as an equity analyst based in the Netherlands. Michael brings with him over a decade of experience in the financial services industry, having previously worked in the UK and Australia. In his prior role with Close Brothers Asset Management in London he worked within a multi-asset team managing over GBP 1.3 billion in assets.

Lillian Boyle | Deputy Chair and Chair of the People Committee

Lillian is a lawyer and worked in international financial services where she has been Managing Director of a life assurance company and has subsequently held various non-executive roles in investment management, trust companies, charities and regulatory authorities. She is the current Chair of the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority as well as being Chair of the Island’s Research Ethics Committee. She is a Past President of the UK Chartered Insurance Institute and is a member of their professional standards committee.

Rachel Claringbold

Rachel has over 30 years’ experience with Barclays in financial services and payments. She has held a variety of roles in business management, risk and control, planning, commercial and P&L management, and is currently Head of Planning and Controls with Barclays Payments Digital.

Marco Evans

Marco is a Senior Client Portfolio Manager for Aberdeen Standard Capital, the discretionary fund manager of Aberdeen Standard Investments, a leading global asset manager. He manages assets on behalf of pension funds, Trust companies and private clients. Marco is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 15 years’ experience, having previously worked for the South Korean Sovereign Wealth Fund co-managing their European Equity portfolio and the Relx corporate pension fund managing UK equities.

Beverley Horler

Prior to taking early retirement in 2014, Beverley’s 35-year career at HSBC spanned large-scale leadership roles, having been Regional Director of a number of geographies throughout the UK and Head of the UK retail and wealth management business. Beverley has a portfolio of non-executive directorships, which includes her role at BWC, and also HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited. 

Suzanne Hughes

Suzanne is the Chief People and Transformation Officer for PRS for Music. Previously, Suzanne was an HR Director at Santander where she worked for over 15 years and has a strong interest in culture, diversity, wellbeing and health. Suzanne also worked as a management consultant at Accenture specialising in change management.

Duncan Stewart

Duncan joined BWC in September 2020 as a Trustee and member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Duncan has worked in financial services for 40 years, twenty-five of which were in Internal Audit with extensive experience in global markets, investment, wealth management, regulation and governance. He has worked at several institutions including Barclays, Chase Manhattan, Bank of America, HBOS and Grant Thornton.  He holds an ACIB qualification (Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers) and a BSc in Financial Studies from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

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