Our staff deliver a variety of activities, services and support to girls and young women in a safe, single gender, informal, non-judgmental environment. Our Regional Development Coordinators (field staff) regularly visit and help to develop branches across England and Wales.
Our London-based Head Office houses the Executive Director, Senior Management Team and other members of staff, within the Programmes, Marketing & Communications, Finance, Fundraising and Human Resources functions. They manage, coordinate and provide support to volunteers and other staff throughout the organisation.
Head Office Staff
When our London based Executive Director Paul isn’t leading the good ship GFS, he can be found spending time with his sons, riding on his motorbike (on sunny days only of course), running and entertaining friends and family.
Vency Da Silva
Vency is very passionate about working with figures and finds its satisfying when the books balance. She has worked in finance for a number of well known charities before joining GFS. Vency looks after the day to day operations of the finance department. When she is not at work she is busy having fun with her three kids, and when time allows, she also enjoys interior decorating, gardening and cooking.
Volunteer Support Coordinator
As well as working for GFS, Carla has worked in the charity sector and in volunteer management for over seven years. She also freelances as a playwright and script reader. When she’s not in the office, Carla enjoys watching fringe theatre and swimming in Hampstead Heath Ladies’ Pond.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Before joining GFS in 2016, Kat worked in marketing and design for a number of universities across the UK. Outside of work, she likes to play roller derby, go bouldering and cuddle her fat rescue cat Missy. Being a big nerd, she currently studies a masters part-time in Human-Computer Interaction Design. She’s also an avid video gamer and hopes to develop her own one day.
Jo previously worked at YoungMinds as a Programme Administrator for their mental health and wellbeing project ‘Find Your Feet’. She has written two books on mindfulness; ‘Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness for Dummies’ and ‘Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies’ and teaches mindfulness workshops. Jo is also training to be a therapist/counsellor. In her spare time, she likes to cat-sit for people in her local area and explore what the community there has to offer. .
Hannah previously worked with Bail for Immigration Detainees and Refugee Action. Before moving into the charity sector, Hannah worked for several years in digital reputation management and intelligence. Hannah studied Philosophy at University of St Andrews and is now continuing her education at University of London with a Masters in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. Work and study leave little time for hobbies, but she is interested in human rights and social justice issues.
Carolyn is a Central St Martins design graduate, at GFS she overseas processes and looks for creative ways to improve efficiency. Carolyn is a classically trained rider and owns a now retired dressage horse called Ambrose. She loves the outdoors and exploring the beautiful woodlands and commons around her home in rural Surrey.
Marketing and Office Administrator
Alison supports the Marketing and Communications Manager and helps with general office admin. She has previously worked in commercial marketing and specialises in digital comms. Having recently moved to London, Alison enjoys exploring the city and is slowly working her way through visiting all the different parks it has to offer. She also loves dogs and is a dog-walker in her spare time.
Regional Development Coordinator (Midlands)
Jennie supports our groups in the Midlands and is always on the lookout for developing new ones.
A keen cake eater and fan of the Great British Bake Off has been known to bake a yummy Lemon Drizzle cake or two. Often found down her allotment at weekends though does more chatting than digging.
Regional Development Coordinator (Wales)
Christine supports GFS groups all across Wales. She began her career in teaching and went on to work in educational television. More recently she has worked in the third sector, including a role at a dyslexia charity and providing support for the families of prisoners. In her spare time, she can be found in a field competing with her working sheepdogs at sheepdog trials.
Regional Development Coordinator (London & the South)
Jem supports GFS groups in London and the South East. She has previously worked in primary teaching and therapeutic support. In her spare time she is usually found catching up with her weird / wonderful friends and family or singing in her local pop choir. Jem is mum to two small people and an eccentric cat.
Regional Development Coordinator (North East)
Bio coming soon
Regional Development Coordinator (North West)
Emma is our Regional Development Coordinator for the North West where she supports existing and new GFS groups and their volunteer leaders from Carlisle to Furness Vale. An ex world champion morris dancer (the pumps not clogs kind), she now spends her free time running after her young son, lifting weights at the gym and singing badly to 80’s music.