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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. Alistair Cromwell, interim CEO, Citizens Advice
  8. Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, CEO, Christian Aid
  9. Amanda Tincknell, CEO, Cranfield Trust
  10. Amar Abbas, CEO, Youth Action UK
  11. Amber Shotton, CEO, Foundation for Social Improvement
  12. Amelia Foster, CEO, SAPERE
  13. Amy Gibbs, CEO, Birthrights
  14. Andy Fletcher, CEO, Together for Short Lives
  15. Angela McConville, CEO, NCT
  16. Angela Salt, CEO, Girlguiding
  17. Anita Kerwin-nye, CEO, Every Child Should
  18. Anna Feuchtwang, CEO, National Children’s Bureau
  19. Anne Fox, CEO, and Jess Mullen, director of influence and communications, Clinks
  20. Anne-Marie Douglas, founder/CEO, Peer Power Youth
  21. Arvinda Gohil, CEO, Central YMCA, and chair, The Peel
  22. Athena Lamnisos, CEO, Eve Appeal
  23. Barbara Osborne, CEO, Music in Hospitals & Care
  24. Barry Williams, interim CEO, Youth Access
  25. Becky Hewitt, CEO, Changing Faces
  26. Ben Gilchrist, CEO, Caritas Shrewsbury
  27. Ben Kernighan, CEO, Leap Confronting Conflict
  28. Beth Upton, CEO, Money Tree Fundraising
  29. Campbell Robb, CEO, Nacro
  30. Dr Carol Homden, CEO, Coram
  31. Carol Mack, CEO, Association of Charitable Foundations
  32. Caron Bradshaw, CEO, CFG
  33. Catherine Roche, CEO, Place2Be
  34. Charlee Bewsher, strategy manager, Youth Work Unit – Yorkshire & Humber
  35. Chris Askew, CEO, Diabetes UK
  36. Chris Burghes, CEO, Blue Cross
  37. Chris Rossiter, CEO, Driver Youth Trust
  38. Christine Stegling, executive director, Frontline AIDS
  39. Claire Hubberstey, CEO, One Small Thing
  40. Dalton Leong, CEO, The Children’s Trust
  41. Darren Cormack, CEO, MAG
  42. Debbie Ariyo, CEO, AFRUCA Safeguarding Children
  43. Deborah Alsina, CEO, Independent Age
  44. Debra Alcock-Tyler, CEO, Directory for Social Change
  45. Denise Hatton, CEO, YMCA England and Wales
  46. Dhivya O’Connor, producer and host, The Charity CEO Podcast
  47. Diana Jupp, CEP, Pancreatic Cancer UK
  48. Diane Aplin, chief engagement officer, We Mind the Gap
  49. Donna Covey, CEO, AVA (Against Violence and Abuse)
  50. Duncan Craig, CEO, Survivors Manchester
  51. Revd Duncan Dormor, CEO, United Society Partners in the Gospel
  52. Ed Mayo, CEO, Pilotlight
  53. Emma Colyer, director, Body & Soul
  54. Emma Crawshaw, CEO, Crew
  55. Emma Thomas, CEO, YoungMinds
  56. Fergus Crow, CEO, Winston’s Wish
  57. Frank Fletcher, CEO, Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust
  58. Gabby Edlin, Bloody Good Period
  59. Gail Gibbons, CEO, Sheffield Futures
  60. Gail Jackson, CEO, Kids’ Cancer
  61. Gareth Howells, CEO, Carers Trust
  62. Geethika Jayatilaka, CEO, Chance UK
  63. Gemma Peters, CEO, Blood Cancer UK
  64. Georgina Carr, CEO, the Neurological Alliance
  65. Graeme Hodge, CEO, All We Can
  66. Dr Greg Ussher, CEO, Metro
  67. Helen Moulinos, CEO, POhWER
  68. Helena Holt, CEO, Devon Air Ambulance Trust
  69. Henny Braund, CEO, Anthony Nolan
  70. Jackie Bliss, CEO, Homeless Action Resource Project
  71. Jaki Work, CEO, Sheffield Students’ Union
  72. James Blake, CEO, YHA England and Wales
  73. James Fitzpatrick, director, Joseph Levy Foundation
  74. James Murphy, CEO. Lincolnshire Community Foundation
  75. James Watson-O’Neill, CEO, SignHealth
  76. Jane Ide, CEO, Judy Robinson, chair, Clare Mills, head of communications & external affairs, NAVCA
  77. Jane van Zyl, CEO, Working Families
  78. Janet Thorne, CEO, Reach Volunteering
  79. Jasmine O’Connor, CEO, Anti-Slavery International
  80. Jehangir Malik, director at VCSEP (Voluntary Community Sector Emergency Partnership)
  81. Jemima Olchawski and Jessica Southgate, CEO, Agenda
  82. Jen Hooke, CEO, Thirty Percy
  83. Jenny Oklikah, CEO, Fight for Peace
  84. Jim Minton, chief executive, Toynbee Hall
  85. Judith Ford, CEO, Wyre Forest Nightstop and Mediation Service
  86. Dr Jo Casebourne, CEO, Early Intervention Foundation
  87. Jo Hobbs, CEO, British Youth Council
  88. Jo Todd, CEO, Respect
  89. John Hitchin, CEO, Renaisi
  90. John Poyton, CEO, Redthread
  91. John Sauven, CEO, Greenpeace UK
  92. Jolanta Lasota, CEO, Ambitious About Autism
  93. Jon Royle, CEO, The Bridge Project
  94. Jonathan Barnard, CEO, World Land Trust
  95. Jonathan Senker, CEO, VoiceAbility
  96. Joy Warmington, CEO, brap
  97. Jo Youle, CEO, Missing People
  98. Jules Hillier, CEO, Pause
  99. Julian Corner, CEO, Lankelly Chase
  100. Julie Bentley, CEO, Samaritans
  101. Julie Randles, CEO, Power2
  102. Justin Humphreys, CEO, thirtyone:eight
  103. Karl Wilding, CEO, NCVO
  104. Kashif Shabir, interim CEO, Muslim Aid
  105. Kate Collins, CEO, Teenage Cancer Trust
  106. Kate Lee, CEO, Alzheimer’s Society
  107. Kate Paradine, CEO, Women in Prison
  108. Katherine Sacks-Jones, CEO, Become
  109. Kathryn Smith, CEO, SCIE
  110. Kathy Evans, CEO, Children England
  111. Kathy Roberts, CEO, Association of Mental Health Providers
  112. Kerry Albiston, director, Haven
  113. Kerry Smith, CEO, Helen Bamber Foundation & Asylum Aid
  114. Kim Shutler, CEO, The Cellar Trust
  115. Laura Sercombe, CEO, Girls Friendly Society
  116. Leigh Middleton, CEO, National Youth Agency
  117. Dr Liam O’Toole, CEO, Versus Arthritis
  118. Lisa Goodwin, CEO, Connected Voice
  119. Liz Earle, CEO, Keech Hospice Care
  120. Louise Macdonald, CEO, Young Scot
  121. Louise Parks, CEO, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
  122. Lucy Caldicott, founder, ChangeOut
  123. Lukasz Konieczka, executive director, Mosaic LGBT+ Young Persons’ Trust
  124. Lyndall Stein, interim CEO, Elrha
  125. Lynette Charles, CEO, Mind in Haringey
  126. Lynn Mackay-Thomas, CEO, British Society for Heart Failure
  127. Lynne Stafford, CEO, Gaddum
  128. Madeleine Cassidy, CEO, Bobath Centre
  129. Mark Gifford, CEO, NCS
  130. Mark Lee, CEO of the Together Trust
  131. Mark Norbury, CEO, UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs
  132. Mark Russell, CEO, The Children’s Society
  133. Mark Simms, CEO, P3
  134. Martin Houghton-Brown, CEO, St John Ambulance
  135. Maryanne Matthews, CEO, EY Foundation
  136. Matt Hyde, CEO, The Scouts
  137. Matt Lent, CEO, Spark!
  138. Matt Plen, CEO, Masorti Judaism
  139. Matthew Reed, CEO, Marie Curie
  140. Melanie Armstrong, CEO, Action for Children
  141. Menai Owen-Jones, CEO, The Pituitary Foundation
  142. Michael Adamson, CEO, British Red Cross
  143. Michael Chandler, CEO, Union Chapel
  144. Mike Wild, CEO, Macc
  145. Mohammed Ali, founder and CEO, QED Foundation
  146. Moira Sinclair, CEO, Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  147. Monty Moncrieff, CEO, London Friend
  148. Nancy Kelley, CEO, Stonewall
  149. Natasha Friend, director, Camden Giving
  150. Nathan Sparling, CEO, HIV Scotland
  151. Ndidi Okezie, CEO, UK Youth
  152. Neil Tester, director, The Richmond Group of Charities
  153. Nicci Russell, MD, Waterwise
  154. Nick Posford, CEO, British Dyslexia Association
  155. Nicki Norman, acting CEO, Women’s Aid
  156. Patricia Durr, CEO, ECPAT UK
  157. Paul Evans, CEO, Leadership Through Sport & Business
  158. Paul Farmer, CEO, Mind
  159. Paul Howard, CEO, Lupus UK
  160. Paul Parker, recording clerk, Quakers in Britain
  161. Paul Reddish, CEO, Volunteering Matters
  162. Paul Streets, CEO, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
  163. Peter Grigg, CEO, Home-Start UK
  164. Peter Lewis, CEO, Chartered Institute of Fundraising
  165. Pip Gardner, CEO, The Kite Trust
  166. Polly Neate, CEO, Shelter
  167. Poppy Jaman, CEO, City Mental Health Alliance
  168. Raakhi Shah, CEO, The Circle
  169. Rachel Kirby-Rider, CEO, CLIC Sargent
  170. Rachel Lambert-Forsyth, CEO, British Pharmacological Society
  171. Rania Marandos, CEO, Step Up To Serve / iWill Campaign
  172. Rashid Iqbal, CEO, The Winch
  173. Rebecca Gill, executive director, Rosa
  174. Rebecca Packwood, CEO, Age Exchange
  175. Red Godfrey Sagoo, CEO, The Sophie Hayes Foundation
  176. Renae Mann, national director, NACCOM
  177. Dr Rhidian Hughes, CEO, Voluntary Organisations Disability Group
  178. Rich Grahame, CEO, Settle
  179. Richard Davidson, CEO, Sarcoma UK
  180. Rick Henderson, CEO, Homeless Link
  181. Rita Chadha, Small Charities Coalition
  182. Rob Murray, CEO, Cancer Support Scotland
  183. Robert Music, CEO, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
  184. Robin Osterley, CEO, Charity Retail Association
  185. Rosie Tressler, CEO, Student Minds
  186. Russell Hobby, CEO, Teach First
  187. Ruth Davison, CEO, Comic Relief
  188. Ruth Hollis, CEO, Spirit of 2012
  189. Ruth Kettle, CEO, Inspire North
  190. Ryan Campbell, CEO, Demelza
  191. Saleh Saeed, CEO, DEC
  192. Sally Dickinson, head of the Berkeley Foundation
  193. Sam Butters and Gina Cicerone, co-CEOs, Fair Education Alliance
  194. Sandra Schembri, CEO, Nordoff Robbins
  195. Sara Kirkpatrick, CEO, Welsh Women’s Aid
  196. Sara Robinson, CEO, St Augustines Centre
  197. Sarah Atkinson, The Social Mobility Foundation
  198. Sarah Goddard, fundraising specialist and chair of IoF Community Fundraising Group
  199. Sarah Hughes, CEO, Centre for Mental Health
  200. Sarah Thompson, CEO, St Clare Hospice
  201. Satwinder Sandhu, CEO, IAC
  202. Shadim Hussain, CEO, My Foster Family
  203. Sharon Davies, CEO, Young Enterprise
  204. Simon Blake, CEO, Mental Health First Aid
  205. Simon Parkinson, CEO, WEA
  206. Soo Nevison, CEO, Community Action Bradford & District
  207. Stephanie Draper, CEO, Bond
  208. Steve Blackman, CEO, Volunteering Bradford
  209. Su-Mei Thompson, CEO, Media Trust
  210. Sue Brown, CEO, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance
  211. Sue Campbell, CEO, Citizens Advice Winchester District
  212. Sue Crow, director,
  213. Sufina Ahmad, director, John Ellerman Foundation
  214. Susan Crowe, managing director, BTM
  215. Tania Cohen, CEO, 360Giving
  216. Tanya Curry, Interim CEO, The Ramblers
  217. Tessy Ojo, CEO, The Diana Award
  218. Tim Harper, founder and CEO, equitysport
  219. Tim Hughes, director, Involve
  220. Toby Porter, CEO, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust
  221. Tom Clarke-Forrest, founder and CEO, Sport 4 Life UK
  222. Tony Armstrong, CEO, Locality
  223. Tracey Bleakley, CEO, Hospice UK
  224. Tufail Hussain, director, Islamic Relief UK
  225. Vanessa Rogers, Youth Work consultant, trainer and author
  226. Vicki Beere, CEO, Project 6
  227. Vicky Browning, CEO, ACEVO
  228. Wanda Wyporska, executive director, The Equality Trust
  229. Yasmin Khan, CEO, Staying Put
  230. 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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