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.
Leanne joined GFS in 2018 as an activity leader as she was looking for an opportunity to both volunteer and spend time with her daughter. Leanne took the opportunity to complete a youth work qualification with GFS which opened her eyes to the challenges faced by girls growing up in today’s society . She could see what a valuable service the charity offers and wanted to find a way to increase her involvement.
She has worked in the field of HR for over 15 years primarily in large international organisations, including time spent leading Learning & Development for a UK leading brand. She has a passion for diversity, building strong teams and creating work environments where people thrive. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, Fellow of the institute of Leadership and Management and a qualified executive coach & mentor.
Margaret has been a part of GFS since the age of 10 and was a group leader for 40 years. She has served on the Board of Trustees for three terms of office and is currently in her fourth term. She is an active supporter of GFS groups within the North West and serves on the Regional Committee.
“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 weekly meetings, on day and residential trips and also being given the opportunity to attend GFS World Councils across the globe”.
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 a change manager.
She is currently Chair of Governors at a primary school, where she also runs an after school club, a parish treasurer and is authorised for Lay Ministry within her parish.
Margaret lives in the North West of England and her main interests are travel and languages.
Cristina is a junior doctor and has been involved in GFS for the past year, volunteering as group leader at GFS Dunvant and 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.
Remi became a GFS trustee due to her passion for girls to become conversant about every and anything, challenge themselves, birth ideas, form friendships and nurture dreams. This passion led her to start up Brunching with Books initiative, a book club for young ladies. Remi is a mentor with Prince’s Trust, which is a youth charity that helps young people get into job, education and training. She is also an active volunteer with GrowTH, a partnership of churches that caters to homeless adults in the local community across Tower Hamlets.
She is a project portfolio manager within the financial industry and keenly invested in how digital transformation can be a beneficial tool for access to quality education. In her spare time she loves to eat out, travel and get her hands busy making candles, and other quirky crafts.
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.
Trustee and Treasurer
Margaux is a Chartered Accountant working in Financial Planning & Analysis at a rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar sports technology company called DAZN, specialising in budgeting and forecasting, as well as supporting the development of the strategy of the company through KPI analysis and focus on future cash management.
She started her career at Deloitte, in the Audit function, after a degree in Spanish and Italian at the University of Bath. Margaux is half French, London-born, and an avid follower of sport, a passionate French and Toulouse rugby supporter.
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.
Finance and Audit Committee member
Emily 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.
Finance and Audit Committee member
Natalie works as a Financial Controller for a global digital marketing services group, overseeing the monthly reporting for five creative agencies, with a focus on balance sheet compliance.
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.
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.