Max Rutherford, Head of Policy, Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)
Max provides strategic insight, policy intelligence and programme leadership, and enables collaboration and engagement between ACF members. This includes leading the Association of Charitable Foundations’ 'Stronger Foundations' initiative, the largest foundation engagement and change programme globally to date. Max previously led the high-impact Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A) campaign for Barrow Cadbury Trust. Max’s current roles include: Member of the Charities SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) Committee; Member of the DAFNE (Donors’ and Foundations’ Network in Europe) Legal Affairs Committee; and Trustee of Revolving Doors Agency - a national research and policy charity.
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Sufina Ahmad MBE, Director, John Ellerman Foundation
As Director of the John Ellerman Foundation, Sufina works closely with trustees, staff and stakeholders, including grantees, to ensure all aspects of the Foundation’s strategy, governance and grantmaking work is delivered effectively.
Before joining the Foundation, Sufina worked in corporate strategy and performance at the City of London Corporation. She has also worked for the National Lottery Community Fund and City Bridge Trust in grantmaking, strategy and policy roles. Sufina started her career in service delivery and business development roles for charities working with adults with learning disabilities and older people.
Sufina holds trusteeships with Just for Kids Law, We Belong, The Charterhouse and the Association of Charitable Foundations. Sufina is an honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, having chaired their Expert Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She is also an RSA fellow. Sufina was awarded an MBE for charitable services in 2020.
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Faiza Khan MBE, Engagement and Insight Director, National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF)
Faiza leads NLCF’s activities across communications, engagement and knowledge and learning. She was previously Director of Policy and Communications at Paul Hamlyn Foundation and before that led a national citizen engagement programme, working with NHS England to bolster citizen voice through a process of deliberative democracy. Faiza has led one of the largest networks of voluntary youth charities as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Communications at the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, working with charities, communities and Government Departments to support better outcomes for children and young people. She has been a Trustee for End Child Poverty and has supported many not-for-profit organisations during her career to date. In 2014, Faiza received an MBE for services to young people.
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