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. Previously, he led the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, a major UK charity.

Stuart is a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union, and an IES Honorary Fellow and Visiting Fellow at Cumberland Lodge. He has been a trustee of Business in the Community, the Chair of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, a member of the Community and Social Affairs Committee of Barclays Bank, Chair and Treasurer of CIVICUS Europe, a Council Member of the Institute of Employment Studies, an Advisory Group member for the Policy Centre at the British Academy and for the Lord Mayor’s Trust Initiative.

In 2010, Stuart was knighted for his services to the voluntary sector.


Dr Ann Limb


Dr Ann Limb is a business leader and charity entrepreneur. She is currently Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, Chair of the London Standsted Cambridge Consortium and Chair of The Scout Association UK. 

Ann has been awarded honorary doctorates from the Open University, the University of West London, Anglia Ruskin, Bedfordshire, and Manchester Metropolitan Universities. 

In the 2011 Birthday Honors, Ann was made an OBE for her work in education and in 2016 awarded the CBE for public and political services.


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Othman Moqbel


Othman Moqbel is a non-profit executive. He is the CEO of Syria Relief, which is the largest Syria focused charity in the UK. Previously, Othman spent eight years as the CEO of Human Appeal, during which time it grew from being a smaller charity to one of the UK’s largest Muslim charities.

Othman sits on the Board of the Muslim Charities Forum and ACEVO, and in 2015, he received the prestigious ACEVO fellowship award. In 2017, he was nominated for the BOND humanitarian award.





 Christopher Penny

Programme manager

Christopher Penny joined the team in October 2017 having graduated in Economics with Advanced Proficiency in Spanish from the University of Exeter. 

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