Sir Stephen Bubb


Sir Stephen Bubb is founder-director of Charity Futures. He was formerly Chief Executive of ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) until 2016. In this role he was highly influential in determining government policy on the third sector, particularly for its part delivering public services. He launched Charity Futures in July 2016.

For 10 years he also chaired the Social Investment Business, the UK’s largest social investor, and is a trustee of Helen and Douglas House Hospice, the world's first children's hospice. He is a public appointments assessor.

Stephen’s recent national roles have included reporting on choice and competition in the NHS for the Prime Minister in 2011, and writing a major report for the UK government in 2014, ‘Winterbourne View – time for action’, which called for radical reform in the way we care for people with learning disabilities in the twenty-first century.

He has been in national roles at TGWU, NUT and AMA, and was the Founding Personnel Director of the National Lottery Charities Board. He was a Councillor in Lambeth and an active member of the health authorities for Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals over two decades.


Jonathan Smith

Co-FOUNDER & Chair

Jonathan Smith co-founded Charity Futures with Sir Stephen Bubb and now chairs the board. Jonathan is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Woodford Investment Management, which is funding the Charity Futures programme. He has built up a deliberately low profile but very active programme for the Oxford based asset management company, since its inception in 2014. The programme focusses on what he describes as “the business of charity” – funding core costs.

Jonathan is a former Business Ambassador for HRH The Prince of Wales at Business in the Community and sits on Advisory Boards for a number of charities.


Sir Stuart Etherington


Sir Stuart Etherington has been Chief Executive of the NCVO since 1994, before which he led the Royal National Institute for Deaf People.


Jonathan Potts

Director of opportunities

Jonathan Potts retired from the Civil Service in March 2017 after 37 years, the past 14 years having been spent in the field of leadership, learning and skills. He was the senior civil servant responsible for leadership and organisation development in the Home Office before joining ACEVO on secondment in 2016 and helping to launch Charity Futures. Jonathan was a founding Board member of Skills for Justice, serving from 2003 to 2008, and has served as an external member of the Open University staff strategy committee since 2012.