Meet our board of trustees
Chair: Joy Dobbs
Joy is currently a freelance research consultant, working particularly for the charitable sector and the public sector (Food Standards Agency). Her main career was asa senior official at the Office for National Statistics, where she gained wide-ranging experience in research and analysis within government social science and statistics and directed four different statistical Divisions/ businesses.
She also has extensive management and leadership experience.
She has been active in corporate HR issues, has built relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and sits on various academic and advisory committees
Catharine lives in Redbourn and has extensive experience as a senior manager in both the commercial and charity sectors. She has worked as Interim CEO for large and small charities, including running a National Trust estate, managing Wakehurst, the West Sussex outpost of Kew Gardens and leading the consultancy team at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) as well as helping a number of smaller organisations, during periods without a Chief Executive. In addition to volunteering as a Trustee for St Albans CVS, she is a non-executive Director of IWM Trading Ltd, the commercial arm which helps to fund the Imperial War Museums group.
Peter Graham retired from the Civil Service in 2003, having worked in the DTI, the the Foreign Office and the Health and Safety Executive. Since retiring, he has been a trustee of two national organisations – the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (as a lay member on their Board) and Heads, Teachers and Industry (also known as HTI and concerned with education and employment); both those appointments have now ended.
Locally he was the Chairman of Centre 33, the drop-in centre for homeless people, from 2003 to 2012, and remains a trustee; he is a trustee of the Open Door Charity since 2005. He is also a primary school governor.
Peter and his wife have lived in St Albans since 1970, save for 4 years in Brussels.
Sinéad Howland is an energetic, self-employed Career and Business Coach and full time mum of two girls. She has over 10 years’ experience working in careers in the UK, Malaysia and North America. After five years living abroad, Sinéad and her family moved from Toronto to St Albans in 2013 and launched her Coaching Business in 2014. She holds an MA in Careers and is a qualified career coach recognised by the ICF. Sinéad uses her skills to help the community through running social media for Hertfordshire Society for the Blind and was a Dragon in the 2014 Dragons Apprentice Challenge and Career Counsellor in a women’s refuge in Malaysia.
Karl leads NCVO’s policy, research, media and public affairs teams. Karl has lead responsibility for two of NCVO’s strategic aims, championing the voluntary sector, and connecting people and organisations.
Karl was previously NCVO’s head of policy and research. He joined NCVO in 1998. Karl speaks and writes widely on the big issues facing the voluntary sector, such as transparency and accountability, funding and finance, and the relationship between digital technology and social action. He is an active contributor to NCVO’s foresight programme which aims to identify up-and-coming issues that will shape the voluntary sector. Karl blogs about the big issues facing voluntary organisations and regularly shares voluntary sector news and insight via Twitter.
Outside of NCVO, Karl is a non-executive director of Charity Bank, a trustee of US voluntary organisation, Creating the Future, a trustee of St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness. Previously Karl was vice-chair of the Charities Evaluation Services and a trustee of the Association of Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector.