Our Story

We are a small, highly collaborative organisation that exists to help other social purpose organisations become more efficient and effective.

Our projects are designed with like-minded individuals and organisations, to help small charities and social enterprises focus on maximising their impact. As we are a small charity ourselves, we understand the pressures and strive to help leaders to find the time and space to ensure that their organisations are operating effectively and efficiently.

Antonia Orr

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining CfE in 2015, Antonia was General Manager at ECT Charity, where she led the development of a social value methodology. Antonia helped to launch UnLtd’s Global Social Entrepreneurship Network in 2013. She lived in Mexico for several years working for a non-profit fund supporting women-led grassroots organisations seeking to close the gender gap. Antonia is an On Purpose Fellow and sits on the Fellows Advisory Board. As a champion of female leaders, she co-founded the On Purpose Women in Leadership network and She Leads Change. In 2017, she was nominated in the WISE100 list.

Brian Smouha

Founder & Trustee

Brian founded CfE in 2010 driven by a desire to help charitable organisations succeed. As a Partner in Deloitte & Touche from 1970 until his retirement in 2001, he established the specialist Financial Institutions Group, led the liquidation of BCCI, and led the audit of the World Bank. He is a trustee of The Bulldog Trust and Volunteering Matters, the founding chair of GuideStar UK and a founding trustee of The Institute for Philanthropy. Brian was runner-up for The Times/Sternberg Active Life Award in 2017 and awarded a Masters Degree in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School in 2018.

Tom Levitt

Trustee & Chair

Tom is a former MP with a lifetime of experience working with community and voluntary sector organisations: as an parliamentarian, a teacher, an activist and a councillor. Since leaving Parliament in 2010 he has been a freelance consultant working with major businesses, think tanks, councils and charities on the role of SMEs and responsible business in creating a fairer and more prosperous society. Tom is the author or ’The Company Citizen’ and a co-founder of an award winning social enterprise, Fair for You.

Anne Davis

Trustee

Anne is a Chartered Financial Accountant and the Director of Professional Standards at the Institute of Financial Accountants. She was previously the Head of Charities and the Voluntary Sector at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), where she was responsible for shaping sector engagement and providing technical and member support. Anne was also a trustee at Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk and brings extensive financial, regulatory and leadership experience to CfE.

Marina Sevier

Trustee

Marina is passionate about smart giving and effective charity. She has a commercial background in business intelligence and was an Associate Consultant for a leading UK executive search firm, specialising in recruiting charity leaders. More recently, she was CEO of CfE, and worked at the Philanthropy Network at The Bulldog Trust. She has written a series of articles on philanthropy for Barclays Wealth and other publications. Marina is co-founder of Marloe London, an online retail business, and has a history degree from Oxford University.

Patrick Burgess

Trustee

Patrick was a solicitor and partner in Gouldens, serving as head of the Corporate Department for 14 years. He served as Senior Partner for six years, before his retirement in 2007, when he then went on to become Chairman of property management company, Intu. He advises in numerous charitable and community organisations, and was formerly High Sherriff of West Sussex. Patrick is also Chancellor of the Order of St John; as such he contributes to the development of the Order’s overall policy internationally.

Tania Han

Advisor

Tania is a strategy and business consultant with extensive experience in the corporate, social and sustainability sectors. Tania worked with us to scale our operations and to accelerate and maximise our impact. She has a track record of supporting businesses, charities and social enterprises in building networks, business development and organisational effectiveness globally across Asia, Australia, the UK and Europe. Tania is an On Purpose Fellow.

John Barrett

Advisor

John was a key figure in the founding and development of the umbrella and capacity-building organisation the Small Charities Coalition, spending his final three years at the charity as CEO. Prior to that he worked at the Directory of Social Change. John is now an independent consultant with a portfolio of not-for-profit and commercial work. This led to John’s working alongside Antonia and Tania to develop our new strategy which he enjoyed so much he has stayed on in an advisory capacity.