Chris Wilson (Chief Executive Officer)
Chris left school at 16 to join the Merchant Navy as a Deck Officer Cadet with the British India Steam Navigation Company. He experienced the last years of traditional seaborne commerce before the shipping container arrived to revolutionise the mercantile world. Stepping from an ancient trade to a very modern one, he started working in the computer industry, and in 1980 joined a start-up micro-computer software company. Five years later, as European Sales Manager, he left a company with 300 employees, a turnover that had risen from £250,000 to £20m, had successfully floated on the Stock Market, and had bought its own helicopter (as they did!) After a few years as a consultant to other small software companies he decided to retrain so as to move into the not-for-profit sector. In 1995 he graduated from the University of Brighton with a 1st class honours degree in Accounting and Finance and began working in the charity sector. He was a post-graduate student at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Bayes Business School and holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. After working for several charities in a variety of senior management roles, in 2012 he became Clerk to the Trustees of Southwark Charities, which is the best job he has ever had! He is happily married, with three grown-up children and seven grandchildren.
Matthew Allgood (Grants Manager)
Matt has been working with Southwark’s community organisations for the last decade, and in grantmaking for the last 25 years. He is Clerk of Rotherhithe Consolidated Charities, a Trustee of Southwark food growing charity, Edible Rotherhithe, and a devout Arsenal supporter.
Charlotte Benstead (Operations Manager)
Charlotte has been working for charities in Southwark for over 20 years. She has run community spaces and worked on large regeneration projects. She is also Trustee of Burgess Sports and the South London Theatre.
Sue Price (Welfare Officer)
Sue is a Southwark girl but now lives on a boat on the upper reaches of the Thames. She loves walking, wildlife and being a Welfare Officer for Southwark Charities. Oh and she loves tea and cake!