Civil society leaders standing together against racism

We stand with all civil society chief executives and people working in the social sector who are striving to create a more just society. There is countless research, and more importantly the testimony of racialised and minoritised people, which unarguably shows that systemic racism exists in the UK and across the globe. Civil society exists to create a better society and a better future but it will not be able to achieve this without deliberatively and openly tackling racism.

The anti-racism work of Barnardo’s and any other organisation meaningfully tackling racism, will always receive our support. In particular we offer our support to Barnardo’s CEO Javed Khan and all other Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic leaders for the racism directed at them because of their organisations’ important work on white privilege.

We acknowledge that civil society leaders haven’t always got it right when it comes to tackling racism and that for too long, too many of us didn’t prioritise action or speak up. We are still learning but as a community of civil society leaders, we stand together as committed to changing, taking action and supporting each other.


  1. Adam Muirhead, chair of trustees, Institute for Youth Work
  2. Adeela Warley, CEO, CharityComms
  3. Aisling Burnand, CEO, Association of Medical Research Charities
  4. Akiko Hart, CEO, National Survivor User Network
  5. Ali Harris, CEO, Equally Ours
  6. Alison Garnham, CEO, Child Poverty Action Group
  7. Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, CEO, Christian Aid
  8. Amanda Tincknell, CEO, Cranfield Trust
  9. Amar Abbas, CEO, Youth Action UK
  10. Amber Shotton, CEO, Foundation for Social Improvement
  11. Amelia Foster, CEO, SAPERE
  12. Amy Gibbs, CEO, Birthrights
  13. Andy Fletcher, CEO, Together for Short Lives
  14. Angela McConville, CEO, NCT
  15. Angela Salt, CEO, Girlguiding
  16. Anita Kerwin-nye, CEO, Every Child Should
  17. Anna Feuchtwang, CEO, National Children’s Bureau
  18. Anne Fox, CEO, and Jess Mullen, director of influence and communications, Clinks
  19. Anne-Marie Douglas, founder/CEO, Peer Power Youth
  20. Arvinda Gohil, CEO, Central YMCA, and chair, The Peel
  21. Athena Lamnisos, CEO, Eve Appeal
  22. Barbara Osborne, CEO, Music in Hospitals & Care
  23. Barry Williams, interim CEO, Youth Access
  24. Becky Hewitt, CEO, Changing Faces
  25. Ben Gilchrist, CEO, Caritas Shrewsbury
  26. Ben Kernighan, CEO, Leap Confronting Conflict
  27. Beth Upton, CEO, Money Tree Fundraising
  28. Campbell Robb, CEO, Nacro
  29. Dr Carol Homden, CEO, Coram
  30. Carol Mack, CEO, Association of Charitable Foundations
  31. Caron Bradshaw, CEO, CFG
  32. Catherine Roche, CEO, Place2Be
  33. Charlee Bewsher, strategy manager, Youth Work Unit – Yorkshire & Humber
  34. Chris Askew, CEO, Diabetes UK
  35. Chris Burghes, CEO, Blue Cross
  36. Chris Rossiter, CEO, Driver Youth Trust
  37. Christine Stegling, executive director, Frontline AIDS
  38. Claire Hubberstey, CEO, One Small Thing
  39. Dalton Leong, CEO, The Children’s Trust
  40. Darren Cormack, CEO, MAG
  41. Debbie Ariyo, CEO, AFRUCA Safeguarding Children
  42. Deborah Alsina, CEO, Independent Age
  43. Debra Alcock-Tyler, CEO, Directory for Social Change
  44. Denise Hatton, CEO, YMCA England and Wales
  45. Dhivya O’Connor, producer and host, The Charity CEO Podcast
  46. Diana Jupp, CEP, Pancreatic Cancer UK
  47. Diane Aplin, chief engagement officer, We Mind the Gap
  48. Duncan Craig, CEO, Survivors Manchester
  49. Revd Duncan Dormor, CEO, United Society Partners in the Gospel
  50. Ed Mayo, CEO, Pilotlight
  51. Emma Colyer, director, Body & Soul
  52. Emma Crawshaw, CEO, Crew
  53. Emma Thomas, CEO, YoungMinds
  54. Fergus Crow, CEO, Winston’s Wish
  55. Frank Fletcher, CEO, Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust
  56. Gabby Edlin, Bloody Good Period
  57. Gail Gibbons, CEO, Sheffield Futures
  58. Gail Jackson, CEO, Kids’ Cancer
  59. Gareth Howells, CEO, Carers Trust
  60. Geethika Jayatilaka, CEO, Chance UK
  61. Gemma Peters, CEO, Blood Cancer UK
  62. Georgina Carr, CEO, the Neurological Alliance
  63. Graeme Hodge, CEO, All We Can
  64. Dr Greg Ussher, CEO, Metro
  65. Helen Moulinos, CEO, POhWER
  66. Helena Holt, CEO, Devon Air Ambulance Trust
  67. Henny Braund, CEO, Anthony Nolan
  68. Jackie Bliss, CEO, Homeless Action Resource Project
  69. Jaki Work, CEO, Sheffield Students’ Union
  70. James Blake, CEO, YHA England and Wales
  71. James Fitzpatrick, director, Joseph Levy Foundation
  72. James Murphy, CEO. Lincolnshire Community Foundation
  73. James Watson-O’Neill, CEO, SignHealth
  74. Jane Ide, CEO, Judy Robinson, chair, Clare Mills, head of communications & external affairs, NAVCA
  75. Jane van Zyl, CEO, Working Families
  76. Janet Thorne, CEO, Reach Volunteering
  77. Jasmine O’Connor, CEO, Anti-Slavery International
  78. Jemima Olchawski and Jessica Southgate, CEO, Agenda
  79. Jen Hooke, CEO, Thirty Percy
  80. Jenny Oklikah, CEO, Fight for Peace
  81. Jim Minton, chief executive, Toynbee Hall
  82. Judith Ford, CEO, Wyre Forest Nightstop and Mediation Service
  83. Dr Jo Casebourne, CEO, Early Intervention Foundation
  84. Jo Hobbs, CEO, British Youth Council
  85. Jo Todd, CEO, Respect
  86. John Hitchin, CEO, Renaisi
  87. John Poyton, CEO, Redthread
  88. John Sauven, CEO, Greenpeace UK
  89. Jolanta Lasota, CEO, Ambitious About Autism
  90. Jon Royle, CEO, The Bridge Project
  91. Jonathan Barnard, CEO, World Land Trust
  92. Jonathan Senker, CEO, VoiceAbility
  93. Joy Warmington, CEO, brap
  94. Jo Youle, CEO, Missing People
  95. Jules Hillier, CEO, Pause
  96. Julian Corner, CEO, Lankelly Chase
  97. Julie Bentley, CEO, Samaritans
  98. Julie Randles, CEO, Power2
  99. Justin Humphreys, CEO, thirtyone:eight
  100. Karl Wilding, CEO, NCVO
  101. Kashif Shabir, interim CEO, Muslim Aid
  102. Kate Collins, CEO, Teenage Cancer Trust
  103. Kate Lee, CEO, Alzheimer’s Society
  104. Kate Paradine, CEO, Women in Prison
  105. Katherine Sacks-Jones, CEO, Become
  106. Kathryn Smith, CEO, SCIE
  107. Kathy Evans, CEO, Children England
  108. Kerry Albiston, director, Haven
  109. Kerry Smith, CEO, Helen Bamber Foundation & Asylum Aid
  110. Kim Shutler, CEO, The Cellar Trust
  111. Laura Sercombe, CEO, Girls Friendly Society
  112. Leigh Middleton, CEO, National Youth Agency
  113. Dr Liam O’Toole, CEO, Versus Arthritis
  114. Lisa Goodwin, CEO, Connected Voice
  115. Liz Earle, CEO, Keech Hospice Care
  116. Louise Macdonald, CEO, Young Scot
  117. Louise Parks, CEO, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
  118. Lucy Caldicott, founder, ChangeOut
  119. Lukasz Konieczka, executive director, Mosaic LGBT+ Young Persons’ Trust
  120. Lyndall Stein, interim CEO, Elrha
  121. Lynette Charles, CEO, Mind in Haringey
  122. Lynn Mackay-Thomas, CEO, British Society for Heart Failure
  123. Lynne Stafford, CEO, Gaddum
  124. Madeleine Cassidy, CEO, Bobath Centre
  125. Mark Gifford, CEO, NCS
  126. Mark Lee, CEO of the Together Trust
  127. Mark Norbury, CEO, UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs
  128. Mark Russell, CEO, The Children’s Society
  129. Mark Simms, CEO, P3
  130. Martin Houghton-Brown, CEO, St John Ambulance
  131. Maryanne Matthews, CEO, EY Foundation
  132. Matt Hyde, CEO, The Scouts
  133. Matt Lent, CEO, Spark!
  134. Matt Plen, CEO, Masorti Judaism
  135. Matthew Reed, CEO, Marie Curie
  136. Melanie Armstrong, CEO, Action for Children
  137. Menai Owen-Jones, CEO, The Pituitary Foundation
  138. Michael Adamson, CEO, British Red Cross
  139. Michael Chandler, CEO, Union Chapel
  140. Mike Wild, CEO, Macc
  141. Mohammed Ali, founder and CEO, QED Foundation
  142. Moira Sinclair, CEO, Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  143. Monty Moncrieff, CEO, London Friend
  144. Nancy Kelley, CEO, Stonewall
  145. Natasha Friend, director, Camden Giving
  146. Nathan Sparling, CEO, HIV Scotland
  147. Ndidi Okezie, CEO, UK Youth
  148. Neil Tester, director, The Richmond Group of Charities
  149. Nicci Russell, MD, Waterwise
  150. Nick Posford, CEO, British Dyslexia Association
  151. Nicki Norman, acting CEO, Women’s Aid
  152. Patricia Durr, CEO, ECPAT UK
  153. Paul Evans, CEO, Leadership Through Sport & Business
  154. Paul Farmer, CEO, Mind
  155. Paul Howard, CEO, Lupus UK
  156. Paul Parker, recording clerk, Quakers in Britain
  157. Paul Reddish, CEO, Volunteering Matters
  158. Paul Streets, CEO, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
  159. Peter Grigg, CEO, Home-Start UK
  160. Peter Lewis, CEO, Chartered Institute of Fundraising
  161. Pip Gardner, CEO, The Kite Trust
  162. Polly Neate, CEO, Shelter
  163. Poppy Jaman, CEO, City Mental Health Alliance
  164. Raakhi Shah, CEO, The Circle
  165. Rachel Kirby-Rider, CEO, CLIC Sargent
  166. Rania Marandos, CEO, Step Up To Serve / iWill Campaign
  167. Rashid Iqbal, CEO, The Winch
  168. Rebecca Gill, executive director, Rosa
  169. Rebecca Packwood, CEO, Age Exchange
  170. Red Godfrey Sagoo, CEO, The Sophie Hayes Foundation
  171. Renae Mann, national director, NACCOM
  172. Dr Rhidian Hughes, CEO, Voluntary Organisations Disability Group
  173. Rich Grahame, CEO, Settle
  174. Richard Davidson, CEO, Sarcoma UK
  175. Rick Henderson, CEO, Homeless Link
  176. Rita Chadha, Small Charities Coalition
  177. Rob Murray, CEO, Cancer Support Scotland
  178. Robert Music, CEO, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
  179. Robin Osterley, CEO, Charity Retail Association
  180. Rosie Tressler, CEO, Student Minds
  181. Russell Hobby, CEO, Teach First
  182. Ruth Davison, CEO, Comic Relief
  183. Ruth Hollis, CEO, Spirit of 2012
  184. Ruth Kettle, CEO, Inspire North
  185. Ryan Campbell, CEO, Demelza
  186. Saleh Saeed, CEO, DEC
  187. Sally Dickinson, head of the Berkeley Foundation
  188. Sam Butters and Gina Cicerone, co-CEOs, Fair Education Alliance
  189. Sandra Schembri, CEO, Nordoff Robbins
  190. Sara Kirkpatrick, CEO, Welsh Women’s Aid
  191. Sara Robinson, CEO, St Augustines Centre
  192. Sarah Atkinson, The Social Mobility Foundation
  193. Sarah Goddard, fundraising specialist and chair of IoF Community Fundraising Group
  194. Sarah Hughes, CEO, Centre for Mental Health
  195. Sarah Thompson, CEO, St Clare Hospice
  196. Satwinder Sandhu, CEO, IAC
  197. Shadim Hussain, CEO, My Foster Family
  198. Sharon Davies, CEO, Young Enterprise
  199. Simon Blake, CEO, Mental Health First Aid
  200. Soo Nevison, CEO, Community Action Bradford & District
  201. Stephanie Draper, CEO, Bond
  202. Steve Blackman, CEO, Volunteering Bradford
  203. Su-Mei Thompson, CEO, Media Trust
  204. Sue Brown, CEO, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance
  205. Sue Crow, director,
  206. Sufina Ahmad, director, John Ellerman Foundation
  207. Susan Crowe, managing director, BTM
  208. Tania Cohen, CEO, 360Giving
  209. Tanya Curry, Interim CEO, The Ramblers
  210. Tessy Ojo, CEO, The Diana Award
  211. Tim Harper, founder and CEO, equitysport
  212. Tim Hughes, director, Involve
  213. Toby Porter, CEO, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust
  214. Tom Clarke-Forrest, founder and CEO, Sport 4 Life UK
  215. Tony Armstrong, CEO, Locality
  216. Tracey Bleakley, CEO, Hospice UK
  217. Tufail Hussain, director, Islamic Relief UK
  218. Vanessa Rogers, Youth Work consultant, trainer and author
  219. Vicki Beere, CEO, Project 6
  220. Vicky Browning, CEO, ACEVO
  221. Wanda Wyporska, executive director, The Equality Trust
  222. Yasmin Khan, CEO, Staying Put
  223. Yvonne MacNamara, CEO, The Traveller Movement 

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This statement follows a previous commitment made by CEOs, and the findings and recommendations of the Home Truths report.

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