Board of Trustees


United Way UK is governed by a high-profile board of trustees. The voluntary board advises on charity strategy, business development and priorities for the organisation in the UK.


Steve Pappas, Senior VP Europe, Costco Wholesale Ltd.

Steve has worked in 5 countries and across 4 continents with Costco Wholesale. He joined in 1991 as an assistant warehouse manager and quickly progressed to become a general manager in southern California.

He joined Costco's international division in 1997 and was appointed director of operations for Costco's joint venture in Taiwan, and in 2000 he was promoted to managing director of Costco Wholesale Korea and vice president of Costco Wholesale Corporation. He moved to Sydney in September of 2005 to head Costco's start-up in Australia and transferred to London in September of 2006 as managing director of Costco Wholesale UK Ltd.

He has been a long-time supporter of United Way and set up a very successful payroll giving scheme in Korea, which Costco is now replicating in the UK.


Victoria MacCallum, Head of Museums, Arm's Length Bodies and Appointments, Department for Culture Media and Sport, UK Government. 

Victoria is responsible for helping develop government policy on culture, and directly sponsoring the UK's national museums and galleries. Victoria was previously Head of Communications at the Cabinet Office,  which is the corporate heart of government and leads on policies such as government efficiency, reform of public services, national security issues and civil society. 

Prior to joining the Cabinet Office, Victoria worked in the strategy and campaigns team at 10 Downing Street, and before that she was Chief Press Officer in the Foreign Office. Highlights included helping to arrange the Papal Visit to the UK, and being deployed to various countries during the Arab Spring to support the embassies during the uprisings. She went to school in Guildford and university in Nottingham, where she studied English and Theology.

Rafael Marquez, SVP Head of Consumer EMEA & UK Country Manager

Rafael Marquez is Senior Vice President, Head of the Consumer Business for EMEA and UK Country Manager. In his role of leading the Consumer Business for Europe, Rafa is responsible for driving financial results and developing growth strategies for the Proprietary Consumer business across the European Markets.

As Country Manager, he has responsibility for the UK employee population and external representation of American Express in the UK market.

Rafa joined American Express Mexico in February 1999 and has served in multiple positions in the organization of increasing responsibility, among them VP for Small Business Services International, Country Manager of Spain and VP of Acquisition, Strategic Partnerships and Small Businesses for the Mexican market. Prior to his current role, Rafa was SVP of Proprietary Consumer Services, Western Europe.  He was most recently Head of the UK Business covering Merchant Services, International Currency Card, Acquisition, Brand, Partnerships, Commercial Card and SBS for the UK Market.

Before joining American Express, he worked for ScotiaBank and BBVA Bancomer in Mexico.

Born in Seville, Spain, he and his wife Cecilia live with their four children in London. He holds a BE Industrial Engineering degree from Universidad Panamericana and an Executive MBA from IPADE.

Andrew McCallum, Advisor, UK Oil & Gas Authority, Department of Energy & Climate Change

Andrew began advising the UK Government on the development and launch of the Oil and Gas Authority in early 2015, working with government and industry to help make sure that the UK maximises the economic recovery of its oil and gas reserves. He is also advising the UK Government on the implementation of its shale gas strategy, through his consulting company, Aspect Reputation Management. 

Prior to this, Andrew was Director of Corporate Affairs and Business Support at international oil and gas company Dana Petroleum. Joining the Korean Government-owned business in 2011, he was responsible for health, safety, security and environmental management, procurement and supply chain management, business assurance, risk management, shareholder relations, communications and external affairs. 

Before joining Dana, Andrew was Executive Director of Communications and External Affairs at Gatwick Airport and Group Head of Corporate Reputation at Centrica.  He lives in Aberdeen with his wife Yvonne and two sons, Fraser and Rory. Andrew studied music and business management and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

Bill O'Dowd, CEO and Chairman, Dolphin Entertainment, Dolphin Digital Media and Dolphin Films

Bill has nearly two decades of experience in the television, digital media, and film industries. He founded Dolphin Entertainment in 1996, and it has since become one of the world’s leading production companies specializing in children’s and young adult live-action programming. Bill enjoys a solid reputation as an Emmy-nominated producer, international distributor, and financier of quality entertainment content. 

Notable television credits include Executive Producer of Nickelodeon’s worldwide top-rated series Zoey101 (Primetime Emmy-Award nominated) and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.  Film credits include Justin Bieber’s Believe, a concert documentary, and the Max Steel movie, which is based on the popular Mattel toy franchise of the same name.

Beyond film and television, Dolphin Digital Media has been a pioneer in the digital entertainment space with best-in-class talent and content. Dolphin Digital Media’s projects include teen series Aim High, sci-fi thriller, H+, and the digital crime thriller, Cybergeddon, from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. 

Bill’s desire to produce quality content for children led to his goal of increasing educational opportunities for children all around the world. He is a frequent speaker on education topics and creates partnerships based on fostering reading skills and encouraging a passion for philanthropy in young people.

He joined the United Way Million Dollar Roundtable in 2009 when he made a $2 million gift to the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education for the newly named Dolphin Digital Media Demonstration School, Educare of Miami-Dade. 

Hugh Sanderson, Executive Managing Director, FirstEnergy Capital Corporation LLP

Hugh Sanderson joined FirstEnergy Capital Corp. in September of 2000, was promoted to Managing Director in 2009, and to Executive Managing Director in 2012. As Executive Managing Director, he is responsible for FirstEnergy's office in London, England, directing and coordinating the research, acquisition and divestiture advisory, institutional sales, trading, and advisory teams. Before joining FirstEnergy, Hugh was an Assistant Vice President of Research at Merrill Lynch Inc., where he covered oil and gas, pipelines and energy utilities. He has advised dozens of board of directors on strategy and corporate sales and has been directly involved in hundreds of financings for oil and gas companies on both the Canadian and London exchanges with assets on four continents. Hugh's educational credentials include a Masters of Business Administration (Finance and International Business) from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from McGill University, in addition to which he is a CFA® charterholder. While at Dalhousie he won the prestigious Queens University International Far Horizons Competition. 

Hugh actively supports a variety of charities and was chair of the Gardner Breakfast in support of the Scouting movement, an organisation he has been active in for over twenty years. He has been a long-time supporter of United Way in FirstEnergy's hometown of Calgary, Canada.

Paul Butler, Chair of London Voluntary Service Council 

Paul Butler is Managing Director of Butler and Trinity, which provides management consultancy support to organisations in the voluntary, housing and education sectors. He has held a range of national and regional roles as a director and chief executive in skills, education and community development.

He is on the Acas Council, Federation of Small Business Employment Committee, currently a National Leader of Governance for the FE sector,Chair of Waltham Forest College,  Association of Colleges London Committee and has also worked on a number of cross-party panels with ministers on workforce, education and inclusion issues.

Gary von Lehmden, Managing Director, Citigroup
Gary von Lehmden is the Chairman of EMEA Corporate Banking and Chief Lending Officer for Citibank N.A. in EMEA. He is also the Head of EMEA Capital Management. He has over 30 years of banking experience in relationship banking and corporate finance. He started his banking career in the United States, joining Citibank in 1982. 
In mid 2005, Gary was asked to return to London where he assumed responsibility for all Corporate Banking activities within and across Europe. In 2016 Gary relocated from London to Zurich, Switzerland. 
Gary is the past President and Chairman of British American Business, the leading transatlantic trade organisation with over 700 member companies. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Association of Foreign Banks in London and is on the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Theatre. Gary also serves as the AFB delegate to the Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) as a member of their 12 person Practitioner Panel.  

Alan Lewis, Former CEO, LCVS | United Way Liverpool

Alan has extensive experience of charity governance, community engagement and social care.

As CEO of LCVS he oversaw celebrations for their centenary year and supported a move to LCVS’s new home at 151 Dale Street, which is now a 3rd Sector Resource Centre in the very heart of Liverpool.

Alan's career spans teaching, social work and senior management in public and NGO sectors. He is now enjoying a busy retirement of travelling, painting and volunteering.