UNITED WAY UK 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.
CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
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.
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.
Hugh Sanderson, Executive Managing Director, GMP FirstEnergy Capital Corporation LLP
Hugh Sanderson joined GMP 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 GMP FirstEnergy's office in London, England, directing and coordinating the research, acquisition and divestiture advisory, institutional sales, trading, and advisory teams.
Before joining GMP 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 GMP FirstEnergy's hometown of Calgary, Canada.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Victoria MacCallum, Head of EU Exit, Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), 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, Managing Director, Aspect Reputation Management
Andrew is an experienced corporate affairs professional. A trusted advisor to leading chief executives, he has been a C-suite executive in energy, oil and gas, utilities, transport and infrastructure, working in listed blue-chip environments, with private equity shareholders, in government and with sovereign shareholders.
At Centrica, British Gas, The AA, One.Tel, Goldfish, BAA, Gatwick Airport, Dana Petroleum and the UK Oil and Gas Authority, Andrew has been involved in significant transactions and transformations, successfully establishing and repositioning major organisations to deliver impact, growth and value.
An expert in all aspects of reputation management and an experienced spokesperson, Andrew's expertise spans media and public relations, government and regulatory affairs, policy and international relations, issues and crisis management, internal communications and employee engagement, brand creation and development, digital and social media, sustainability and corporate responsibility, governance and risk management.
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.
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.
Leona Shepherd, General Manager, Corporate Sales, Marketing and Business Services, 3M
A member of 3M’s senior leadership team in the UK and Ireland, Leona Shepherd directs the company’s commercial excellence programmes including sales and marketing effectiveness, go-to-market strategy including e-commerce and has oversight of 3M’s customer service and contact centres.
Leona has overall responsibility for 3M’s brand and marketing communications activities in the UK and Ireland, as well as its customer insight programme. Her wide-ranging responsibilities also include leadership of the customer-facing, shared business services.
Having started her career at Akzo Nobel, in production management followed by operations and marketing management, Shepherd joined 3M in 2000 as strategic marketing leader. She progressed to become a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt before taking on a number of increasingly senior sales and marketing roles in EMEA. Prior to her current role she led 3M’s personal safety business as general manager.
Leona holds a BSc Hons in chemical engineering from Edinburgh University and is a chartered marketer with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She sits on the Henley Business School strategy board and has been on the United Way UK board since 2016, representing 3M who work in partnership with a number of United Ways around the world.
Adam Freeman, Partner, Freeformers and Chairman, Metropolis Group
Adam’s career has been focused on the 3 C's- Content, Community and Commercial and 1 D- Digital. In short how to build a business from the relationships consumers have with media/content brands. He has worked in online retail, publishing and digital sectors as Managing Director of Bloomberg Media, EMEA and Executive Director of The Guardian News and Media.
His successes so far have been built on a few key beliefs. Firstly, that people can do brilliant things if they are given the right support and challenge. Secondly, that leaders need to lead differently in different business situations. Finally, that business strategy is actually quite simple; fix what is broken in the short term; work out what makes your business special and then execute brilliantly, and then we are back to people again!
Freeformers is the digital growth partner to FTSE 100 organisations, working with a diverse array of clients including Barclays, HSBC, John Lewis, Camelot and E.ON. Their mission: to create the future workforce, now.
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.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES & REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL, FOUNDING UNITED WAYS
Andy Whitehead, Director, AMPW Ltd
AMPW Ltd is a leadership development organisation based in Merseyside. Andy has been working with senior people across the public, private and voluntary sectors as a coach specialising in leadership and mental toughness. Although his work is mainly centred around the Northwest he has worked on a number of contracts in the Middle East – in 2012 he helped implement the first welfare to work programme in Saudi Arabia.
Andy has worked to Board level as an Operations Director mainly in the Welfare to work and Health and Social Care sectors. He has also worked as a volunteer with a number of charitable organisations – most notably as a Trustee with MOJO Trust (formerly Bolton Wise – a community based charity working with disadvantaged people) and as an advisor to the Board of the Social Partnership in Liverpool (providing support to people with drug and alcohol problems). Andy joined LCVS, our United Way in Liverpool at the beginning of 2015 and was nominated their representative on the United Way UK board.