The team

Chief Executive

Joseph Howes 

Joseph has years of fundraising experience and a passion for supporting children, young people and their families in the UK to build better futures. Joseph joined Buttle UK from youth homelessness charity Depaul UK, where he spent five years as Executive Director of Fundraising, Development and Communications. 

Previously, Joseph has held senior roles at Action for Children and The Prince’s Trust. He is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Rainforest Foundation, which gives him the chance to support another cause that has always been close to his heart.

Senior Management Team

Paddy Zervudachi - Head of Finance and Administration

Richard Barron - Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Clare McGread - Head of Grant Development

Staff Team

Chief Executive's Office

Bernie Doyle - Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team

Grant Programmes and Project Development

Andrew Walters - Grants Development Officer (Support for Boarding)

Beth McIvor - Grants Development Officer

Diane Smith - Grants Development and Operations Administrator

Ffion Haf - Grants Development Officer

Gari Sparling - Grants Development Officer

John Hamilton - Grants Development Officer

Keeley Mudd - Grants Development Officer

Fundraising Team

Adrienne Gregory - Major Donor and Corporate Manager

Amelia Smith - Impact and Evaluation Manager 

Chris Davis - Trust Fundraising Officer             

Gabriele Joceryte - Fundraising and Marketing Officer


Chair of Trustees

Professor Caroline Gipps

Caroline was appointed Chair of Buttle UK in March 2016, following four years as a trustee. 

Caroline is Visiting Professor at the UCL/Institute of Education and Emeritus Professor at the University of Wolverhampton, where she was the Vice Chancellor until her retirement in 2011.  In 1999 she became Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kingston University, with responsibility for the academic profile and student support. Before this she was in charge of research strategy at the Institute of Education as Dean of Research, taking the institution to the top grade in the 1996 Research Assessment Exercise. 

Trained as a psychometrician and primary school teacher Caroline has had a distinguished career as a social scientist focussing on assessment and its role in schooling, leading to new theories of educational assessment.  She is an internationally recognised scholar in this field and is experienced in the evaluation of programmes and initiatives, as well as the issue of impact.

Awards/recognition include : Nuffield Research Fellow, President of the British Educational Research Association, four times an ESRC grant holder, member of the Athenaeum, Academician of the ACSS, Honorary Doctorate Bristol University, twice elected to the Board of Universities UK (the Vice Chancellors' association) and numerous advisory/consultative roles over the years both in the UK and overseas; a founder member of the Women Vice Chancellors' dining club, the Nuffield Assessment Seminar group, and the BERA Policy task group on Assessment.

As an academic and researcher Caroline has published widely. Four books of note are
* 'Assessment: a Teachers' Guide to the Issues' (1990) was reprinted twice and went to two further editions (these with co author Gordon Stobart).
* 'A Fair Test? Assessment, Achievement and Equity' (1994) with Patricia Murphy won a prize for best educational book of that year.
* 'Beyond Testing: Towards a Theory of Educational Assessment' (1994)  was translated into Japanese in 2001, and in 2012 was re-released as a Routledge Education Classic. 
* 'What Makes a Good Primary School Teacher? Expert Classroom Strategies' (2000) with Bet McCallum and Eleanore Hargreaves, was also re-released as a Routledge Classic in 2016.

Caroline has been on a wide range of Boards including schools and academies, a Science Park, a Technology Transfer Corridor, two urban development companies, and research units and charities. She is currently on the Board of Kingston University where she is Chair of the Academic Governance Committee.

Board of Trustees

Mark Alexander

Lucinda Baxter

David Buttle

Chantelle Chamberlin

Jill Dinsmore

Damian Ettinger

Thomasina Findlay

Rosie Norris

Peter Orlov

Mike Seaton

Alex Tennant

Leo Wong


The Chances for Children Campaign Board

Jill Dinsmore - (Chair)

David Dinsmore

Simon Ffitch

William Ladenburg

Christina Sorensen Lötter

Guy Paterson 

Caroline Whiteley

Kate Bird

Mandy D'Abo

Professor Caroline Gipps - Chair of Trustees, Buttle UK

Joseph Howes - Chief Executive, Buttle UK

Richard Barron - Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Buttle UK

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