Gill Noble - Chairman
Gill spent most of her career in the Treasury, retiring in 2001 as Director of Public Services. She was a Trustee of the Meningitis Trust from 1996 to 2014 and was Chairman of St George's Hospital Charity from 2002 to 2009. She has been involved with CSIS since 1996.
Chris Furlong - Grants Trustee
Chris took early retirement from the Ministry of Defence in April 2009. His final appointment was as a Senior Human Resources Business Partner. Chris joined the Civil Service Insurance Society and Civil Service Widows and Orphans Fund committees of management in 1996.
Visiting one of our beneficiary charities. Gill Noble and Chris Furlong saw for themselves the important work of Canterbury Oast Trust in their kitchens.
Julia Wood - Treasurer
Julia retired from the Civil Service in 2011, having worked for the Cabinet Office for nearly 20 years, mainly on Civil Service pensions and related matters. Julia now does voluntary work for Citizens Advice and for the Pensions Advisory Service.
Sally spent 20 years in HR before moving to a 12-year role in welfare/Occupational Health at The National Archives. Her charity experience includes roles with IET Connect, Maytree and St. Mungo’s. Sally joined the board of the Institute of Welfare in 2004 retiring in 2015 from her role as Chair/Editor of Welfare World. Currently she is a freelance writer on health and welfare issues.
Charlie Cochrane was the Secretary of the Council of Civil Service Unions until his retirement in 2010. He is now the joint Chair of the Civil Service Appeal Board. He also acts as a trustee of two occupational pension schemes and of a charity operating a major leisure centre, and is a national executive member of the Civil Service Pensioners Alliance.
Beryl's career includes senior positions in public and private sector organisations, including six years as a director of the Civil Service Benevolent Fund (now called The Charity for Civil Servants). Other not for profit sector experience includes Head of PR for British Red Cross, Chief Executive of the National Gardens Scheme and a trustee of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Ray retired from the Civil Service in 2006, his 32 years ending as Chief Welfare Officer in the Lord Chancellor's Department. Previously he spent three years seconded to the Charity for Civil Servants as Director of their Help and Advisory Services. He remains active in a range of roles within grant-making and other charities with Civil Service connections.
Rebecca trained as an accountant (CIMA) and internal auditor with the Department for Work and Pensions. She has undertaken various finance, governance and audit roles, such as leading the audit function the Office of the Pensions Ombudsman and implementing the Banking & Accounting function for the 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme. She currently leads on finance and benefits for projects in HMRC Debt Management. She is a past president of her local CIMA branch and enjoys playing dek hockey in her spare time .
After training in a number of finance and accounting disciplines, Dan worked for UK Export Finance (formerly ECGD) providing financial advice to companies to support their overseas growth. In 2016 he became Commercial Banking Relationship Manager at Clydesdale Bank. Dan lives in Norfolk with his wife and two children.
Kevin began his career in the insurance industry with Commercial Union Assurance in 1974. He joined the Bishops plc board in 1989 as Commercial Insurance Broking Director and took up the post of Chief Executive of the Civil Service Insurance Society in 2005 and became a Trustee of the Charity Fund at the same time. He has overseen the delivery of more than £4,500,000 in donations to the CSIS Charity Fund. He currently represents CSIS as a Member of the Kent Peoples Trust.
Tom is Head of Philanthropy and Development for Cause4, a consultancy, working on grant management, corporate philanthropy and new charity set-ups. Previously Tom was Executive Director of Project Harar Ethiopia, leading the health NGO between 2007 and 2012, and helped develop StudentFunder, a social enterprise for funding postgraduate study. His career began with Ambitious About Autism. A keen cyclist, Tom rides with the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign.
Tunde works in tax policy at HMRC. He is responsible for business tax reliefs which cost the UK billions every year. Outside the 'day job' he has a wide range of experience: from volunteering as a special police constable to working with many other charities. He is a local councillor, first elected in 2004, and in that capacity he held a number of portfolios including Deputy Mayor. Tunde is married, has two children and lives in Essex.
Craig originally hails from Blackburn, Lancs but moved ‘down south’ 20 years ago and qualified as an accountant (with CIMA) in the 1990s studying whilst working full-time. Craig has worked in the private sector (BT) for 25 years and the public sector (HMRC and VOA) for seven years in the Finance profession. Currently he is the Chief Finance Officer of the Valuation Office Agency which carries out valuations for council Tax and Business Rates.
Helen Harris - Charity Secretary
Helen joined the Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS) in 1999 as Deputy Chief Executive and since that time has also been Secretary to the CSIS Charity Fund. In 2015 Helen moved to new working arrangements with a change to her role as Head of Administration. Her charity interest spans over 25 years having worked for a Civil Service charity prior to joining CSIS.
Sir Jeremy Heywood - Hon President
Sir Jeremy became the Charity Fund’s Hon President in 2015. He is Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service and, as such, is the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister’s most senior policy adviser and acts as Secretary to the Cabinet. As Head of the Civil Service he leads nearly half a million public servants who work in public institutions, administer tax, benefits and pensions systems and put government policy into practice.
Sir Jeremy was Permanent Secretary to two successive Prime Ministers at 10 Downing Street. He also spent over three years as a Managing Director including as co-head of the UK Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Sir Jeremy Heywood occupied a range of senior civil service roles, including as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.