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.
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.
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.
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 led 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 group 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 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 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.
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.