How We Operate

When people generously donate their money or fundraise for Comic Relief, they trust that we’ll spend their cash wisely. With that trust, comes huge responsibility which we take very seriously indeed.

Ok, here comes the legal bit… Comic Relief is a UK registered company limited by guarantee and a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England & Wales (326568) and with OSCR in Scotland (SC039730).

What that doesn’t tell you is that, as well as being an official UK charity, we’re also absolutely committed to maintaining the best standards in everything we do. When it comes to raising money for example, we’re a member of the Fundraising Standards Board and strive to comply with fundraising best practice. 

Our Grant Making

Our aim is to bring about real and lasting change by tackling the root causes of poverty and social injustice. So, to drive this change, we award grants to incredible projects on the ground that work to give people a leg up, not a hand out.

We are committed to ensuring all the money we are responsible for is genuinely making as big a difference as it possibly can. That’s why we monitor and evaluate the difference our funding is making and every few years, we review our grant-making strategy and adapt it, to ensure we're flexible and responsive to the changing world around us.

  • Better

  • Healthier

  • Safer

  • Stronger

  • Fairer

Learn more about the themes, vision and principles that guide our UK and International grant making

Meet The Team

We're led by a dedicated, knowledgeable Board of Trustees who meet six times a year. They steer our CEO and team of Directors who, in turn, lead Comic Relief’s employees to carry out the day-to-day activities of the organisation. Running alongside them are our Honorary Trustees, who bring their creativity and experience to support Comic Relief, plus a number of boards and committees who give us vital advice and support. Meet these brilliant people below.

Honorary Trustees

  • Claudia Winkleman
  • David Tennant
  • David Walliams
  • Davina McCall
  • Duncan Bannatyne
  • Emma Freud
  • Fearne Cotton
  • Professor Ian Goldin
  • James Corden
  • Jennifer Saunders
  • John Bishop
  • JK Rowling
  • Matthew Freud
  • Miranda Hart
  • Patrick Kielty
  • Reggie Yates
  • Sir Steve Redgrave

Boards and Committees

UK Grants Committee Members

  • Diana Barran - Chair (Trustee)
  • Ben Cairns (Director, Institute for Voluntary Action Research)
  • Cliff Prior (Chief Executive, UnLtd)
  • Kevin Cahill (Chief Executive, CR)
  • Michele Settle (Director of Marketing, CR)
  • Robert Webb (Trustee)
  • Harry Cayton (Trustee)
  • Fiona Duncan (Chief Executive, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland)
  • Paul Cavanagh (Health and Social Care Board, N.Ireland)
  • Chris Grant (Chief Executive, Sported)
  • Judith McNeill (Grants Director, CR)
  • Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi (Director, Programme Policy and Quality, Save the Children)

International Grants Committee Members

  • Theo Sowa - Chair (Trustee/Independent Consultant)
  • Robert Webb (Trustee)
  • Jessica Horn (Independant Consultant)
  • Ezra Limiri Mbogori (Executive Director of Akiba Uhaki)
  • Ade Fakoya (The Global Fund)
  • Kevin Cahill (Chief Executive, CR)
  • Michele Settle (Director of Marketing, CR)
  • Judith McNeill (Grants Director, CR)
  • Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi (Director, Programme Policy and Quality, Save the Children)

Finance and Risk Committee

  • Mike Harris - Chair (Trustee and Financial Consultant)
  • Alexis Chapman (Partner, Minerva Partners)
  • Peter Samengo Turner (Vice President, Barwa Capital UK Ltd)
  • Sally Knight (Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson)
  • Tina Kokkinos (Director, The Red Advisory Committee)
  • Marianne Fallon (UK Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG UK)
  • Rebecca Wilson (Senior Manager, Audit, KPMG)
  • Dot Hare (Financial Controller, CR)
  • Daniel Thorndyke (Accountant, CR)
  • Derek Gannon (COO, CR)
  • Helen Wright (Finance Director, CR)
  • Head of Legal & Compliance (CR)

Investment Committee

  • Mike Harris - Chair (Trustee and Financial Consultant)
  • Bal Samra (Director, BBC Rights and Business Affairs)
  • Laurence Newman (Consultant, ex Trustee)
  • Oliver Bolitho (Head of Asia Ex-Japan, Goldman Sachs)
  • Peter Clark (Investment Director, Ingenious Asset Management)
  • Philip Mastriforte (MD, Trillium Partners Limited)
  • Rupert Morley (Group MD, Sterling International Movers)
  • Sam Morse (Head of UK Institutional Equities, Fidelity Investments International)
  • Claire Brown, (Finance and Corporate Services Director, The Elders Foundation)
  • Diana Barran (Trustee, CEO Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse)
  • Colin Howes (Trustee, Partner at Harbottle & Lewis)
  • Helen Wright (Finance Director, CR)
  • Dot Hare (Financial Controller, CR)
  • Mike Newbigin (Finance Volunteer, CR)
  • Derek Gannon (COO, CR)
  • Kevin Cahill (CEO, CR)

The Commercial and Technology Board

  • Tristia Clarke – Chair (Trustee) (Executive Director of Commercial, TalkTalk Group)
  • Anna Bateson (Marketing Director EMEA, You Tube at Google) (Director, Global Marcom at You Tube at Google)
  • Charles Garland (Chairman, Sports Rights Management LLP)
  • Steve Leach (Chairman of Fetch, Outside Line and IQ Chocolate)
  • Theo Paphitis (Chairman of Ryman and Chairman and Owner of Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue)
  • Cilla Snowball (Trustee) (Group CEO & Group Chairman AMV BBDO)
  • Peter Walker (Chief Finance Officer, CHI & Partners)
  • Colin Howes (Trustee, Partner at Harbottle & Lewis)
  • Phil Male (CEO UK2 Group, Chairman Adapt, Non Executive Director at Jersey Telecom, Smart DCC)
  • The Commercial and Technology Board, apart from Cilla Snowball, are also the directors of Comic Relief Ltd

Remuneration and Nominations Committee

  • Imelda Walsh - Chair (Trustee)
  • Tim Davie (Trustee)