Henry Allmand

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.
Read Henry’s welcome message here.

Carolyn Clarke

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.

Anna Turner

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.

Amanda Martin

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.

Lauren Taylor

Marketing & Comms Manager

Lauren has worked in marketing roles within the charity sector for a number of years. She is responsible for 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 website, Lauren assists with the coordination of events, including our annual reception. Lauren is also a trustee for a North Bucks-based charity that supports vulnerable people.

Catherine Miller

Programmes Officer

Catherine has been a member of the Heart of Bucks funding team since 2004. As part of her role, Catherine manages our grant and loan programmes and supports local organisations during the application process to ensure their experience is as smooth as possible. Catherine has an extensive knowledge of funding available, both through our programmes and from other agencies.

Phoebe Durrant-Badger

Programmes Officer

Phoebe joined the funding team in June 2019 and brings with her a range of experience largely in social care, administration and finance having worked within housing associations, large charities and the NHS. Phoebe’s role includes working on expression of interest and application assessments, particularly in relation to accounts. Phoebe has also been a trustee for a local mental health charity since 2013 and during that time spent four years as treasurer.

Jake Gerra-Morrow

Development Support Officer

Jake helps the team to achieve Heart of Bucks’ marketing and development goals and objectives, as well as ensuring that our brand and image is promoted consistently. In addition to this, Jake is responsible for the design and creation of our social media content and also helps maintain excellent client relationships. Jake also assists with the professional and efficient delivery of our events.

Maria Simeou

Grants 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 such as Winter Warmth and Family Angels 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.

Kate Faccini

Finance Officer

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 due diligence checks on grant applications.


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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