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 that our founder Mary Townsend established in 1875. 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.
My career has been more than 25 years 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 spaniels – Woody and Pepper!
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.
Trust Fundraising Coordinator
I’m part of the GFS Fundraising team, working with Trusts and Foundations to generate fundraising income to support GFS. I have a keen interest in fundraising and the third sector, having completed a degree in Charity Development. I’m very grateful and proud to be putting my passion into the change that GFS achieves in the lives of girls and young women across England and Wales.
In my spare time you’ll usually find me out on an adventure, or on the sofa with my cats and a cup of tea.
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 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.
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.
Head of Operations (South)
I’m the Head of Operations for the Midlands and 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.
Head of Operations (North)
I am the Head of Operations for the North, with our groups spread from Scottish Borders to Manchester, Durham 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.