Acts of Hope UK CIO Board of Trustees:

Sonya Timms, Chair

Sonya is a senior relationship fundraiser, trustee and consultant who has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years. She is passionate about gender justice, women’s health and poverty alleviation, especially in India. She has led major donor and special events teams at Marie Curie Cancer Care and NSPCC securing seven figure gifts and delivering high end events. She was Director at Magic Bus UK where she developed multi-million pound global strategic partnerships with corporates, trusts and foundations and high net worth individuals. She is currently Philanthropy Lead at Comic Relief. Sonya has ten years’ experience as a trustee and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and The Conduit Club.

Lester Porter, Trustee

Lester Porter spent 30 years in management roles in the publishing and financial services industries, and was latterly with the Thomas Cook Group as Corporate Development Director. Since retiring from Thomas Cook in 2001 he has worked as an executive coach, as chair of a pension fund and of a museum charity, and as a non executive director in a range of commercial organisations and the NHS.

Rob Hayter, Trustee

Rob has spent the last 20 years supporting charity Boards by advising and assist trustees with governance challenges and recruitment campaigns. He specialises in delivering end-to-end searches following detailed trustee skills audits, utilising digital marketing and broad networking to ensure a diverse pool of candidates is reached. As a shareholder of TPP Recruitment Group, he has been jointly running a growing national recruitment business since 2007 with a mix of strategic and operational responsibilities. Rob has broad non-executive experience and currently sits on three boards. With a particular passion for education, Rob was a founding Director of Ealing Fields, a secondary school in west London.

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Acts of Hope was run for many years by John and Jenny Wishney, who raised many thousands of pounds and dedicated many hours of their time to help children living in poverty to access education. The charity and school in India owe them a great deal of thanks.