Our staff team all play different roles in enabling GFS volunteers to provide safe, single gender, informal groups where girls and young women can develop and grow. Each staff member brings experience, unique skills and a passion for tackling gender inequality.
Chief Executive Officer
I am so very proud to be CEO at GFS! My role allows me to work with the whole team to make sure we are delivering the vision of our founder Mary Townsend established in 1875 at GFS. For almost 150 years the charity has continued to respond to the needs of the time and this makes it a vibrant and relevant organisation to be a part of.
For over 25 years I have worked in the third sector for national and local charities devoted to championing fairness and equality. Despite great work over time, girls and women still suffer significant inequality and this is what inspires me every day. Outside of work I really enjoy spending time with my adorable family, but they all know that they come second to my very naughty spaniel – Woody!
I carry out a wide range of activities, which include sending out merchandise and GFS membership letters through to supporting the team with any admin that they may need help with.
I have mainly worked in the charity sector and children and young people organisation’s as I feel that they are the future generation and need to have a voice and be heard, which led me to GFS.
When I’m not in the office I sit on a Resident Association as the Secretary and Committee Member, so I can be found voicing my opinion and fighting for residents’ rights.
Vency Da Silva
I makes sure our books balance and looks after the day to day operations of the finance department. I’m always busy looking after my big family and love to cook.
Digital Content Coordinator
I am the organisation’s creative brain. My role involves designing and producing a range of digital and printed content as well as running our GFS social media platforms, with a mixture of photo, video, graphics and animation.
In my spare time, I run and play in a women’s football team through a mixed age and ability league, as I am passionate about seeing more confidence and women in sport. I love to cook. And more than anything, I enjoy playing with my cameras, with a strong interest in documenting people and their individual stories.
Trust Fundraising Coordinator
I am responsible for our Trust and Foundations Fundraising. I am proud to work for a feminist organisation and am passionate about empowering girls and young women. I am an inter-sectional feminist and can normally be found reading feminist literature or attending events. I also love to cook, spend time with my dogs and I teach yoga in my spare time.
Volunteer Recruitment and Training Manager
I help with volunteering-related questions or concerns including recruiting, training and recognising volunteers. I am keen to make sure that the GFS volunteer experience is a valuable and interesting one.
I started my charity career in a small feminist organisation which offered healthy relationships education to young people in secondary schools in London. I’ve worked for a number of different charity organisations and with people from all walks of life. When not working, the Hampstead Ladies pond is my favourite place to be in the summer.
Head of Finance and Support Services
I lead on managing the charity’s finances and accounting strategy ensuring that the financial processes, systems and controls are operating effectively. Additionally I am responsible for overseeing the charity’s IT and office management functions.
I am delighted to be a part of an organisation that supports, encourages and inspires young girls to build their self-confidence and ultimately to reach their potential.
Outside of work I enjoy travelling and socialising with my friends and family.
Head of Operations
I lead the regional team who support our volunteers to deliver our weekly groups around England and Wales. My work is about improving systems, processes and procedures so we may reach even more girls and young women to give them opportunities to learn, develop, grow and have fun.
I’m creative and always have numerous projects on the go, be it sewing, gardening, painting or DIY. I enjoy getting out walking and cycling in countryside near my home.
Head of Fundraising and Communications
I’m responsible for all of internal and external communications. I also manage our fundraising efforts. Among other things, I’m the first port of call for media enquiries, look after the GFS website and support trust fund applications.
I have three younger sisters and grew up in a family of strong women, which was a key part of my drive to work in the sector and help other girls and young women have the role models and inspiration that I did. When not in the office, I usually can be found enjoying a glass of wine with friends.
Regional Development Manager (Midlands)
I’m the Regional Development Manager for the Midlands, developing new groups and supporting established ones in the region. I’ve been passionate about working with girls and young women for many years, more so after I became a Youth Worker in the 1980s.
Raising aspirations and self-confidence is important to me – we all have stories, lived experiences and wants that shape us – having positive role models and opportunities can and does make a difference. I’m glad that I’m part of a charity that does that.
Family and friendships mean a lot to me and so do cake and music.
Programme Lead, Trainer
I am the Programme Lead and Trainer for GFS. My role is to design and develop the GFS programme and ensure we are delivering varied, fun and engaging sessions to all our GFS girls. I also help our wonderful volunteers feel confident in their roles by providing training and support sessions to them.
I have always worked in jobs that focus on making a positive difference. Helping girls and young women to reach their full potential is very important to me. I am excited to be a part of GFS and to make a positive difference to all the girls and young women I work with.
When I’m not working I’ll most likely be reading a book, writing a story or doodling in my journal.
Regional Development Manager (North East)
I’m the RDM for the North East, working with volunteers and girls from South Yorkshire to the Scottish Borders.
Regional Development Manager (London & the South)
I’m the Regional Development Manager for London and the South. I take a lead on launching new groups in the region and helping existing groups to grow and thrive.
I rediscovered my feminism after having children, and seeing with fresh eyes how far we still have to go in the journey to gender equality. Outside of the office I can usually be found getting muddy in Epping Forest with the family or binging my latest favourite podcast or box set.
Regional Development Manager (North West)
I am the Regional Development Manager for the North West, with our groups spread from Scottish Borders to Manchester and Liverpool. I have worked professionally in charitable organisation’s for a large part of my career, whilst also volunteering in various settings working with young people. GFS has enabled me to combine the two passions and it is a privilege to be able to advocate for and work with girls and young women and our amazing volunteers.
In my spare time I enjoy taking the family to festivals with our friends or taking my dogs out running – usually very slowly.