Who We Are
Board of Trustees
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Claer Barrett is a multi-award-winning financial journalist, broadcaster and commentator (follow @Claerb on social media). She presents the weekly Financial Times Money Clinic podcast, speaking to listeners about their real-life money dilemmas, and writes a Saturday money column in the Weekend FT.
Veronica A Kan-Dapaah
Veronica A Kan-Dapaah is Head of Newsroom Diversity, Global Head of Video, and Executive Editor at the Financial Times. She joined the FT in 2011 from CNBC, where she was an executive producer.
Rita Dhut has over 28 years of varied investment experience having gained industry recognition and multiple awards during her fund management career for organisations such as M&G Plc and Aviva Investors.
Patrick Jenkins has been Deputy Editor of the Financial Times since January 2020. Before that, he spent 20 years at the FT in a range of roles—from personal finance reporter to financial editor.
Lucy Kellaway spent over three decades as a columnist on the FT before leaving to co-found Now Teach, a charity to encourage older professionals to retrain as teachers in challenging schools. She teaches economics at a school in Tower Hamlets.
Diane Maxwell has worked on the theme of financial resilience for over twenty years in roles across banking and regulation, and during her two terms as the Retirement Commissioner for New Zealand.
Finola McDonnell is the chief marketing and communications officer at the Financial Times. She started her career in adult literacy and see parallels with financial literacy as a means to have a better and more secure life.
Hannah Sarney is the Head of Audience Engagement and an Executive Editor at the Financial Times. She works as an advocate for the future of newsrooms, pushing for innovations that will improve reach, relevance and genuine engagement with broad audiences.
Andreas Utermann is a British/German businessman, who was elected to the Board of Directors at Vontobel Holding AG and Bank Vontobel AG in April 2021 and will be proposed as Chairman in April 2022. Andreas was CEO and previously Co-Head of AllianzGI, a global asset manager within Allianz’s asset management division, from 2012 to the end of 2019.
Clare Woodman is Head of EMEA and CEO of Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc. Clare is a Trustee of the Morgan Stanley International Foundation, the bank’s philanthropic arm, which has been active in developing regional outreach programmes to communities across EMEA for more than 25 years.
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An accomplished charity leader with over eleven years’ experience spanning service design, project leadership and operations management in a range of non-profit sectors, Aimée joins FT FLIC from her previous role as the Programme Director at Britain’s oldest economics-focused charitable think-tank.
Leyla Boulton is the FT liaison for FLIC, commissioning FT journalism and events to support FLIC’s mission. This part-time role complements her day job as development editor for FT Live and a senior editor at the Financial Times.
Supporting FLIC’s delivery, Katy Palmer is a Year Here fellow with 10 years of experience nurturing communities in the creative and charity sectors. She is a Charity Comms Mentor to women working in the third sector and brings film production experience, previously working in a Spanish coding start-up.
Head of fundraising
With more than twenty years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, Neal joins FT FLIC from the NSPCC where, over the last four years, he has held the positions of both principal gifts manager and senior philanthropy manager.
We are very grateful to our founding donors. Patrons have donated more than £25,000; our founding members have donated more than £10,000 and our Associate Members have donated more than £5000. Aside from the Financial Times itself, which seed-funded the charity, we would like to thank the following for their large-scale pledges: