We are governed by a Board of Trustees who have overall legal and financial responsibility for the organisation. They direct the organisation’s long-term strategy and delegate implementation of the strategy to the Executive Director, based at the Head Office.

We are a membership organisation. Our members appoint our trustees at an Annual General Meeting.


Iana Vidal

Chair
Iana became chair of the Girls Friendly Society in March 2016. She has been a trustee and a member since 2015, and previously volunteered for GFS for two years as a member of the Youth Work Committee.

She is a campaigns, public affairs and communications professional, with a passion for supporting people to affect positive change at a local and national level. She has experience working in the charity and non-profit sector on a diverse range of areas including health, justice and education.

Iana is also a governor at a special school for autistic children, and a volunteer with Anthony Nolan. In her spare time – when the bank balance allows – she loves to travel.


Catriona Charlesworth

Trustee and Wales President
Catriona has been involved with GFS for almost twenty years as a branch leader and helper, firstly in Llyswen and then in Brecon. For nine years she was Provincial Secretary before becoming GFS Welsh President and a Trustee in 2015. In 2014 she was part of the team planning the GFS World Council which was hosted in Wales.

For several years she worked in a local voluntary organisation arranging training for staff and volunteers from children’s and young people’s groups. For the past ten years she has worked in a bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, selling antiquarian and second hand books.

Catriona is also an active member of the Mothers’ Union as well as being involved in various parish-based activities.


Emma Dickinson

Trustee
Emma is an external trustee and was appointed to the GFS Board in March 2015.

She became a GFS trustee because she is passionate about helping girls and young women to develop their full potential and was impressed and interested in the unique activities of GFS to empower girls and young women.

Emma is a solicitor with substantial experience in advising charities on a range of legal issues, with a particular focus on employment and commercial law. She currently works as Senior Lawyer (Employment) for Action for Children, a national children’s charity.

Emma has previously worked with several charities and other organisations as a volunteer, including the Cranfield Trust, LawWorks Choices and the Law Society of England and Wales, where she was a committee member of the national Junior Lawyers Division.


Diane Farrow

Trustee
Diane has been involved with GFS for a number of years and remains a Branch Leader. She has a BA Youth Studies from Lancaster Uni and is a youth and community worker. She is also a Trustee at the High Peak Methodist Circuit and a local preacher.


Margaret Hughes

Trustee
Margaret joined the GFS Swinton Branch when she was ten years old, later becoming a Leader within the same branch. In addition to being a Trustee, she is Vice Chairman of GFS Northern Area and Secretary to GFS in Manchester and Chester Dioceses.

Now retired, Margaret spent all her working life in the civil service, latterly for her Department’s corporate IT section as a business analyst and change manager. She is currently Chair of Governors at a primary school, a parish treasurer and is authorised for Lay Ministry within her parish.

“Being part of GFS has been a privilege and has brought so many skills and opportunities into my life. Highlights of my time with GFS have been working with countless numbers of girls, at branch meetings, on day and residential trips and also being given the opportunity to attend GFS World Councils across the globe”.


Cristina Osborne

Trustee
Cristina is a junior doctor and has been involved in GFS for the past year volunteering as group leader at the Dunvant group, finding the experience rewarding and inspiring.

She completed her medical training at Kings College London in 2016 and is now a public health specialty trainee. She has been involved in quality improvement projects around gender-based issues as well as presenting at national medical conferences on developing clinical leadership for women. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than travelling and finding new places to go hiking.


Sarah Schibli

Trustee and Treasurer
Sarah Schibli works in Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Experian. She helps the company to engage with people, whether they are investors, employees or the wider public, ensuring that messaging is creative, consistent and accurate.

She helps them to communicate who they are, what they stand for and their stories, whilst ensuring that they meet their financial reporting requirements.

Sarah is from New Zealand and is a Chartered Accountant. She has a bachelor of Commerce (in Finance) and a Bachelor of Science (in Zoology), both from the University of Canterbury.

In her spare time she likes to learn more about history, bake cakes, improve her German language skills, tackle mountain walks, and go for the occasional horse-ride.


Margaret Winks

Trustee and England President
GFS has been part of Margaret’s life for over 40 years. Margaret previously held the position of Midland Area President, which then lead on to serving several terms on the GFS Executive Committee. She was also a member of the Networking Committee, giving support to Branch Leaders.

Whilst fulfilling her other roles, Margaret was (and still is) a voluntary Branch Leader for GFS Worksop. She is also the current Secretary for the GFS Midland Area. She serves as a Churchwarden, a Minister of the Eucharist and Church Treasurer for her local church. Margaret is also Treasurer for an independent food bank In Bassetlaw which supports families/individuals to cope in times of need.

In her paid career, Margaret works for the charity ‘HOPE for the Homeless’. Each day the charity works to provide a hot evening meal, fresh clothes and overnight accommodation for homeless adults and children.


Poppy Winks

Trustee
Poppy has been a part of GFS since she was five years old, having been a GFS girl herself. She then spent ten years as part of the volunteering team at GFS Worksop.

She is currently on the GFS Board of Trustees (her third three-year term), is the current Secretary of the Midlands Area and was previously the Chair of the Youth Work Committee for a number of years.

Outside of GFS, Poppy has served ten years across various GirlGuiding Leadership roles. She holds a BA(Hons) in Youth and Community Work and for the last four years, she’s worked as the Youth Development Worker for the Nidd Valley Methodist Circuit and also volunteers for Christian Aid on a regular basis.


Members of our committees

We have two committees: a Finance & Audit Committee and an Investment Committee. Both are sub-committees of the board of Trustees and they  scrutinise the performance of the society’s investments and financial performance.  


Emily Raybould

Finance and Audit Committee Member
Emily Raybould works as a financial accounting manager in the golf industry. She is responsible for analysing and reporting key business metrics of the European business to the global company, as well as working with external auditors on the statutory audit and accounts.

Emily is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bsc Accounting and Finance degree from the University of Bath.

Emily has joined the GFS Finance an Audit committee as she agrees with the charities values to give girls confidence and development from a young age, hoping to add value to the committee meetings by applying knowledge of the accounting sector.

 
Anna Blomqvist

Investment Committee Member

Anna is a Director and a senior member of the Investment Team at HSBC Private Banking. While currently as Product Specialist and Head of the Equity Advisory business, Anna has many years experience advising across asset classes.

Before joining HSBC Private Banking, Anna spent over 10 years in Institutional Sales with Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, both in New York and in London mostly in Equities but also in Fixed Income and Commodities. Anna is a Swedish national, mother of three, and holds a BA (Hons) from the European Business School, London, and a CFA Charter.

 
Ingrid Kukuljan

Investment Committee Member

Ingrid is a seasoned Investment Manager with a career spanning over 20 years and a wealth of experience across asset management and capital markets. Her career started at Lazard & Co as an equity analyst, she then moved to Jupiter Asset Management where for ten years she was a Director managing equity funds focused on Emerging Markets. In her current role, she is responsible for thematics.

Ingrid was included in Citywire’s first ever-global compilation of 1,000 Best Fund Managers in the world. She brings an international background, having lived and worked in a number of countries and is fluent in four languages. Ingrid is a Fellow of CISI and holds a Diploma in Investment Compliance.

 
Sarah Barratt Ball

Investment Committee Member

Sarah runs a consultancy firm that she founded over a decade ago, within the Financial Industry, to advise institutional investors such as pension funds and charitable foundations on a broad variety of topics related to investing in hedge funds.

Returning to live in England in 2010, after almost 15 years working in San Francisco and New York, Sarah has been passionate about motivating young women to believe that they can reach their full career and life potential. She volunteers time with a local girls’ school on their annual career programme; sixth form entrepreneurs event and fund raising for scholarships and bursaries.

Sarah lives with her family and two rescue cats in the Cotswolds, where she can be found running 10k and half marathon races; attempting to garden or cooking for friends.