Chief Executive

Henry joined the team in September 2019 having spent his career working in local government in Bucks. He has experience in delivering a diverse range of public services including welfare benefits, homelessness prevention, social housing development, and community safety. Henry is enthusiastic about the local area and is looking forward to supporting all parts of our wider community to continue to grow and develop in a positive and inclusive way.


Head of Operations

Carolyn came to Heart of Bucks in 2017 bringing a broad range of experience of charity and public sector management and governance in a range of areas including homelessness, drug and alcohol recovery, community forums, older people’s services and advocacy. Carolyn is responsible for our operations, HR and governance, ensuring that Heart of Bucks continues to deliver a great quality service to our donors, grant beneficiaries, board of trustees and supporters.


Head of Finance

Anna joined the team in June 2019 and is responsible for the financial operations at Heart of Bucks. Anna is a chartered accountant with prior experience in both the commercial and charity sectors, having worked at KPMG, the 2012 Olympics, the Sydney Opera House and Herts Mind Network. She works closely with the Treasurer and the Finance and Investment Committee to manage the finances at Heart of Bucks and provide meaningful and accurate reporting.


Head of Development

Amanda has worked in fundraising and marketing roles in the not for profit sector in the UK and overseas for 30 years.  In recent years this has included managing major fundraising campaigns for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, alongside consultancy work for education, medical research, heritage and membership organisations.  Amanda is also the lead trustee for fundraising at two charities based in Bucks and trustee of a local grant-making trust.  At Heart of Bucks she is responsible for managing and developing donor relationships.


Head of Bucks Data Exchange

Karen has extensive knowledge of the charity sector. Her roles have included working as a CEO for Aylesbury Homeless Action Group and Bucks Food Partnership. She also has been a trustee for a local charity within Bucks. Her enthusiasm for the charity sector and the difference that it makes to the local community is what attracted her to this post. She is really looking forward to the opportunity to support VCSE organisations by using a data led approach to support them to make the biggest impact and better-informed decisions.


Marketing & Comms Manager

[Currently on maternity leave]
Lauren has worked in marketing roles within the charity sector for a number of years and joined the Heart of Bucks team in 2018. Lauren ensures that Heart of Bucks has a strong and coherent public profile through the design and creation of our digital and printed content, including newsletters, publications and videos, as well as brand management and media relationships. In addition to managing the Heart of Bucks brand, Lauren supports with the efficient delivery of events, such as our annual reception.


Finance Manager

Kate joined the Heart of Bucks team in July 2021, bringing with her a range of experience in administration and finance from the corporate and charity sectors. She is responsible for our day to day financial transactions, including processing payments and donations, as well carrying out financial due diligence checks on grant applications.


Programmes Manager

Grace joined the Heart of Bucks in September 2023. Qualified in Early years she has managed various childcare settings, shaping the lives of many children and young people. Also, with a passion for fitness, a qualified personal trainer specialising in young people’s fitness. She brings her enthusiasm for children and young people to Heart of Bucks’ as she is leading our latest project The Young Futures Fund.


Marketing and Comms Manager

After years working in marketing for one of the UK’s largest charities, Bethany took some time out to retrain as a Nutritional Therapist. She then combined her marketing skills and passion for wellbeing by running her own nutrition consultancy. She’s excited to be working back in the charity sector while she covers maternity leave for Lauren, taking on responsibility for the design and delivery of all marketing communications.


Policy and Insight Manager

Richard joined Heart of Bucks in April 2024, with a research background in History and professional experience in retail management. As Policy & Insight Manager he manages the National Lottery funded Listen, Engage, Act project, combining community outreach with data insight to help inform funding decisions across the county’s VCSE sector. He is especially passionate about supporting the voices of grassroots charities and engaging less represented groups.


Programmes Officer

Following a number of years in the corporate sector, Maria originally joined Heart of Bucks in 2017 on a 12 month contract and returned as a Grants Officer in August 2020. Maria is primarily responsible for our individual crisis fund programmes and works closely with our network of Community Advocates to support them through the application process for these funds. Maria’s role also involves the assessment of grant applications as well as financial monitoring for all grants awarded.


Programmes Officer

Amy joined the Heart of Bucks team in August 2022, after recently graduating from university with a first-class honours degree in sociology. As one of our team of Programmes Officers, Amy is responsible for working with local organisations applying to our grant and loan programmes, assessing applications and supporting groups with advice.


Programmes Officer

Keerin was born and raised in Bucks, and has a wide network of Bucks-based connections. She has experience in the public sector, with special schools, education and skills and the local natural environment. She is enthusiastic about supporting environmental causes which help to promote conservation in the Chilterns.


Communications Officer

Daniel joined the team in July 2022, after spending 16 years working as a video technician and social media marketer at his family’s business. Daniel brings knowledge of design and digital marketing, as well as excellent customer service skills. He produces and creates our social media content across all platforms, helps with website maintenance, and assists with organising and delivering our internal and external conferences and events.


Finance & Operations Executive

Josh joined the team in August 2022, after recently graduating from his degree with a first-class honours in Financial Trading & Investment Management. Josh brings with him a good depth of knowledge in finance and investment, and knows how to apply himself when working with numerical data and excel. He is responsible for carrying out due diligence checks on grant applications, and assists with financial payments for small funds, among other activities.


Head of Stress Elimination

Alfie joined the team in June 2018 after being rescued all the way from Serbia. As a Golden Cocker Retriever, his calm and gentle nature ensures the team maintain manageable stress levels. Alfie brings with him experience in attention-seeking and an ability to sniff out the smallest of crumb from underneath the lunch table.


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