Meet the Team

We're led by a dedicated, knowledgeable Board of Trustees who meet six times a year. They, alongside a number of other Board Committees, steer our CEO and team of Directors who lead Comic Relief’s employees in carrying out the day-to-day activities of the organisation. In addition, and free from a governance role, are our Honorary Trustees, who use their extensive creativity and experience to support Comic Relief.

Board Committees

UK Grants Committee

  • Harry Cayton - Chair (Trustee, CR and Chief Executive, Professional Standards Authority)
  • Amanda Horton-Mastin (International Campaign Development Director and Interim Grants Director, CR)
  • Ben Cairns (Director, Institute for Voluntary Action Research)
  • Chris Grant (Chief Executive, Sported)
  • Fiona Duncan (Chief Executive, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland)
  • Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi (Director, Programme Policy and Quality, Save the Children)
  • Michele Settle (Director, UK Campaigns & Brands, CR)
  • Paul Cavanagh (Health and Social Care Board, N.Ireland)
  • Robert Webb (Trustee, CR)
  • Suzi Aplin (Trustee, CR and Producer)

International Grants Committee

  • Theo Sowa - Chair (Trustee, CR and Chief Executive, The African Women's Development Fund)
  • Ade Fakoya (The Global Fund)
  • Amanda Horton-Mastin (International Campaign Development Director and Interim Grants Director, CR)
  • Danny Sriskandarajah (Secretary General & CEO, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation)
  • Ezra Limiri Mbogori (Executive Director, Akiba Uhaki)
  • Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi (Director, Programme Policy and Quality, Save the Children)
  • Michele Settle (Director, UK Campaigns & Brands, CR)
  • Robert Webb (Trustee, CR)

Finance and Risk Committee

  • Michael Harris - Chair (Trustee, CR and Financial Consultant)
  • Alexis Chapman (Program Manager, SUNGAS project at IIED)
  • Diana Barran (Trustee, CR and Chief Executive, SafeLives)
  • Peter Samengo Turner (‎Freelance Finance Director, Esstee Consult Ltd)
  • Rupert Morley (Group MD, Sterling Relocation Limited)
  • Sally Knight (Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson)
  • Tina Kokkinos (Director, The Red Advisory Company)

Investment Committee

  • Michael Harris - Chair (Trustee, CR and Financial Consultant)
  • Bal Samra (Director, BBC Rights and Business Affairs)
  • Claire Brown, (Finance and Corporate Services Director, The Elders Foundation)
  • Colin Howes (Trustee, CR and Partner at Harbottle & Lewis)
  • Diana Barran (Trustee, CR and Chief Executive, SafeLives)
  • Laurence Newman (Consultant, ex Trustee, CR)
  • Oliver Bolitho (Non Executive Director, ex 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 Relocation Limited)
  • Sam Morse (Head of UK Institutional Equities, Fidelity Investments International)

The Commercial and Technology Board

  • Tristia Clarke – Chair (Trustee, CR and Executive Director of Commercial, TalkTalk Group)
  • Anna Bateson (Video Strategist, Guardian News & Media)
  • Charles Garland (Chairman, Sports Rights Management LLP)
  • Colin Howes (Trustee, CR and Partner, Harbottle & Lewis)
  • James Ashton (Freelance Journalist and Media Consultant)
  • Peter Walker (Chief Finance Officer, CHI & Partners)
  • Phil Male (Non Executive Director, Smart DCC, Jersey Telecom, Kondor Limited and Jiscom)
  • Theo Paphitis (Chairman, Ryman and Chairman & Owner, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue)

Remuneration and Nominations Committee

  • Michael Harris - Chair (Trustee, CR and Financial Consultant)
  • Tim Davie (Trustee, CR)

The Directors of Comic Relief Ltd.

  • Tristia Clarke (Trustee, CR and Executive Director of Commercial, TalkTalk Group)
  • Anna Bateson (Video Strategist, Guardian News & Media)
  • Charles Garland (Chairman, Sports Rights Management LLP)
  • Colin Howes (Trustee, CR and Partner, Harbottle & Lewis)
  • James Ashton (Freelance Journalist and Media Consultant)
  • Peter Walker (Chief Finance Officer, CHI & Partners)
  • Phil Male (Non Executive Director, Smart DCC, Jersey Telecom, Kondor Limited and Jiscom)
  • Shay Drohan (Marketing Consultant, formerly of the Coca Cola Company)
  • Theo Paphitis (Chairman, Ryman and Chairman & Owner, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue)

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
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