Better Society Awards 2015 - Judges

Better Society 2015 Judging Panel:

Simon Gillespie, CEO, British Heart Foundation
Jenine Langrish, Chair, ShareAction
Gillian McKay, Head of Charities and Voluntary Sector, ICAEW
Paul Palmer, Professor of Voluntary Sector Management, Cass Business School
Matt Ritchie, Editor, Charity Times Magazine
Bob Swarup, Principal, Camdor Global

Simon Gillespie - CEO, British Heart Foundation


Simon joined the British Heart Foundation in March 2013. Before joining the BHF, he was Chief Executive of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society since 2006. Like far too many people in the UK, Simon has a personal connection with heart disease – his Father died of a heart attack in 1979. As part of the BHF’s ‘Fight for Every Heartbeat’, Simon runs and walks to raise money for the BHF’s work. He previously worked as Head of Operations at the Healthcare Commission, where he was responsible for the inspection of NHS and independent healthcare facilities in England. From 2000 to 2004, he was Director of Operations at the Charity Commission, modernising the regulation and support of the 180,000 registered charities across England and Wales. His earlier career was with the Royal Navy, including time as Commanding Officer of HMS Sheffield and as an advisor to government ministers. Simon has extensive experience of charity and non-profit governance, and as a non-executive director/trustee. He is currently the President of the European Heart Network and a trustee of the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies at University College London. He holds degrees in Philosophy and Political Science (MA); Business Administration (MBA); and International Relations (MPhil).

Jenine Langrish - Chair, ShareAction


Jenine is Chair of ShareAction, an influential charity which works to improve the environmental, social and governance behaviour of companies by encouraging their shareholders to hold them to account. She is also on the board of Town and Country Housing Group, a Kent based social housing provider. Jenine previously worked for HSBC's asset management division for nearly 24 years, most recently as a senior member of the charities team, before leaving in October 2008 to devote more time to charity sector work. Prior to joining the charities team, she spent around 16 years as a fund manager.

Gillian McKay, Head of Charities and Voluntary Sector, ICAEW

Gillian McKay leads the Charity and Voluntary Sector specialist interest groups and is Head of Charities at ICAEW.
Gillian is a qualified ACA and holds ICAEW’s Diploma in Charity Accounting. She is a qualified tax advisor and is a specialist in charity and not for profit finance and taxation.
Prior to joining ICAEW in 2014, Gillian split her working life between working in charities in accountancy practice and finance roles in the sector. She is well placed to understand the needs of both members in practice and working in charities.

Paul Palmer - Professor of Voluntary Sector Management, Cass Business School


Paul is Professor of Voluntary Sector Management, and Associate Dean for Ethics, Sustainability and Engagement. He has extensive knowledge of charity financial, management and Governance issues. He was a member of the Charity Commission SORP committee from 2000-2005. He acts as an independent consultant on Charities to UBS Wealth Management, and an independent expert on charity dispute issues for courts and arbitration. His work also extends into the area of Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Matt Ritchie - Editor, Charity Times Magazine


Matt Ritchie is the editor of Charity Times magazine. A business and finance journalist, before specialising in charity management issues Matt covered the UK and European pensions markets. He began his career in New Zealand, initially working in radio across journalism and broadcasting roles. He also covered the energy sector for the industry’s leading online trade title.

Bob Swarup - Principal, Camdor Global


Dr Bob Swarup is Principal at Camdor Global, an advisory firm that works with institutions and investors around the world on strategic investment and risk management. He is also the co-founder of the Insurance Investment Exchange, the leading forum for insurers to debate investment related trends and issues. Bob is an independent director of Aesir Credit, a US credit hedge fund; a member of the non-executive advisory board at Praesidian Europe, a UK SME lending fund; and on the Finance and Pensions Committees of the Society of Authors. Bob was formerly a partner at Pension Corporation, a leading UK-based pension buyout firm with £12bn in AUM, where he oversaw alternative investments, was Chief Risk Officer and ran Thought Leadership. Bob has also served on the Advisory Board of Adveq, a leading $6bn Swiss PE firm; the Board of CatCo, a $2bn reinsurance hedge fund; and on the CRO and Solvency II committees of the ABI (Association of British Insurers). Bob is a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs; a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School; and an Associate at Lombard Street Research. He holds a PhD in cosmology from Imperial College London and an MA (Hons) from the University of Cambridge. Bob has written extensively on diverse topics. His latest publication is the critically acclaimed bestseller, Money Mania (Bloomsbury, 2014), which examines two millennia of financial crises and their common human drivers.