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Speakers and biographies

Pesh Framjee

Pesh Framjee

Global Head of Non Profits
Crowe UK

Pesh is involved in the Non Profit Sector, both professionally and as a volunteer, for over 30 years.

He writes and lectures internationally on matters facing the sector. Joint author of Charities – The Law and Practice. And written a book on Charity Trading and has much experience of governance, resource mobilisation, tax matters, risk management, performance measurement and knowledge management. Previously he was a Finance Director of a major international charity and worked in the field with other INGOs.

Pesh also provides training and capacity building at conferences and workshops worldwide. He also worked with charities providing consultancy and research services, including experience of costing for contracts and grants.

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Alison Hopkinson

Alison HopkinsonFinance and IS Director

Alison has worked with Oxfam since December 2015 as the Finance and IS Director. Maybe need a little more about what her role involves?

After qualifying as a chartered accountant at PwC, Alison joined a wide area network company called Telematics, where I learned the basics of my trade. Later I joined a small, new, entrepreneurial company called Dell, which grew into the world's largest PC company! 

Wanting to make a real difference, not only by having an impact on the organisation she worked in, but also by improving people's lives. She joined Tearfund, an international Christian development charity, as Finance and IT Director.


Khaleel Desai

Khalee DesaiHead of Governance
Islamic Relief Worldwide

Khaleel joined IRW in January from Save the Children International where he was a member of their Legal Team focusing on compliance and risk.

Prior to that, he was a legal advisor to various central government departments including the Department of Health, Education, the Treasury Solicitor's Department and the Home Office advising on policy, regulation, legislation and judicial review challenges. He also served as the assistant solicitor to the Leveson Inquiry. Khaleel qualified as a lawyer with Allen & Overy LLP in 2004.

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Nigel Inkster

Nigel InksterSenior Advisor
International Institute for Strategic Studies

Bio tbc


Benedict Latto

Benedict LattoHead of Civil Socity

Benedict is the Head of DFID’s Civil Society Team which leads DFID’s policy on civil society and manages UK Aid Match, UK Aid Direct and UK Aid Connect. He has previously worked on DFID’s governance and conflict policy, and on country programmes in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, India and the Balkans. Prior to DFID, he worked for the UN Development Programme in its policy bureau and Mexico office.

He has law degrees from King’s College, London and Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, and an LLM from the College of Europe, Bruges.


Genny Kiff

Genny KiffInterim CFO
Welcome Sanger Institute

Genny was the interim CFO for the Wellcome Sanger Institute until March 2018. The role was a key business partner to the CEO, COO and the Board having a key role developing the strategy and ensuring the short and longer term budgets are aligned to the strategy.

Prior to the interim CFO role, she has worked at Wellcome Trust for 16 years and was Head of Financial Planning and Reporting where her responsibilities included financial planning and reporting to the Board, investment accounting, financial systems, procurement and business financial services for the development of new legal entities. She has served as a Director on the boards of a number of investment, biotech and charitable entities.

She has been a member of a number of Finance and Audit Committees including Structural Genome Consortium, Hilleman Laboratories Limited , DBT Wellcome Trust Indian Alliance Trust and Consortia for National Health Research in Kenya.

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Naziar Hashemi

Naziar Hashemi

National Head of Non Profits
Crowe UK

Naziar joined Crowe in September 2008 from a Big Four Firm as a specialist Non Profits partner and is now National Head of Non Profits.

In addition to providing assurance services she also provides advisory services to a range of charities. These include assignments from risk and finance function reviews, systems, benchmarking and performance measurements and governance reviews. Naziar works across with a number of national and international charities.

Naziar leads Crowe’s work on Donor Audits and has knowledge of institutional funding requirements having produced reports for a variety of institutional and governmental donors. Naziar also carries out training for charities and lectures and writes on a range of topics relevant to Trustees and management.

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Tina Proudlock

Tina ProudlockPeople Director

Tina joined Oxfam as their People Director in April 2017, she leads the HR teams supporting multi-site, multi sector and multi lingual operations. With extensive experience in shaping high performing cultures, delivering business transformation, organisational development, influencing and implementing corporate strategy.

Previously she worked for Affinion International for over 9 years as GVP and VP Human Resources.  


Robin Greenwood

Head of Programme and Development and Operations
Christian Aid

Photo and bio tbc

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Gerard Howe

Gerard HoweHead of Inclusive Societies

Gerard is the Head of the Inclusive Societies Department in the policy division of the Department of International Development (DFID) since August 2014.

His department is responsible for civil society, gender equality, violence against women and girls, youth, faith, disability, and diaspora.


Eleanor Morgan

International Charities Engagement Manager
The Charity Commission

Eleanor Morgan is the International Charities Engagement Manager at the Charity Commission. Focusing on outreach with the sector, Eleanor supports charities operating internationally to understand charity law and raise awareness of Charity Commission guidance. She also engages with the international charity sector to better understand the issues they face as part of guidance development.

Prior to joining the Charity Commission, Eleanor led communications for two international infrastructure charities – Engineers Against Poverty and Construction Sector Transparency Initiative.  She has a wealth of experience in the international charity sector, from civil society and social enterprise development to criminal justice.

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Penny Lawrence

Penny LawrenceIndependent Consultant ~
(Prev. Deputy Chief Executive Oxfam GB)

Penny Lawrence is an established leader in the international development field. Until February 2018 Penny was Deputy Chief Executive at Oxfam GB where she led organisational change and Oxfam’s operational programmes in over 60 countries. Penny has lived and worked in Sudan, Zimbabwe and Ghana and previously worked for VSO and ActionAid.

Penny combines operational and strategic leadership with an interest in organisational development and a life-long commitment to social justice. She believes in the power of cross-sector collaboration in tackling poverty and has worked with business, UN and governments as well as in charity networks on initiatives in food supply chains, humanitarian relief and women’s rights.

Now an independent researcher, coach, buddy and consultant, Penny’s current interests includes the changing role of charities in our more polarised, digital age.


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Susan Ball

Susan BallHead of Employers Advisory
Crowe UK
Susan has over 25 years of experience working extensively in the employment tax, investigations and reward field. She previously held positions at HMRC, in the Big 4 and with a firm of solicitors.

She advises clients covering a wide range of sectors having a breadth of experience in dealing with all aspects of UK and international PAYE, social security, the construction industry scheme, employee benefits and expenses, reward planning and salary sacrifice as well as compliance, investigations, and employment status issues. 

Susan currently sits on the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Employment Taxes sub- committee, the board of The Eastern Angles Touring Theatre Company, and is a fellow of Suffolk New College. 

In recent years Susan has been honoured with the Beatrice Wilkinson Memorial Award at the East of England Business Women of the Year Awards and listed in the East Anglian Daily Times' magazine as one of the 60 most influential women in Suffolk and featured in the payroll top 50 list of 2013.

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Paul Fay

Paul FayPartner, tax
Crowe UK
Paul is a Corporate Tax Partner in our London office. Paul’s clients include privately owned businesses, multi nationals, non profit organisations and INGOs. Covering cross border and international tax issues, including structuring overseas operations tax efficiently, cross border withholding taxes, transfer pricing and reorganisations. He has advised a number of non profit organisations on structuring their international activities, and has wide experience of negotiating with the UK Revenue on contentious issues. 

Paul has a particular focus on transfer pricing and is a member of our International Transfer Pricing group.

Paul has contributed tax articles to external and in-house publications.

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Rob Warne

Robert Warne

Head of VAT
Crowe UK

 Rob has been with Crowe since 1988, joining directly from HMRC where he was a VAT inspector. Robert's professional VAT qualifications include ATII and IIT and he is also a member of the VAT Practitioners Group and the Charity Tax Reform Group.

He has extensive VAT knowledge of the non profit sector specifically in the charity, schools and trade unions space. His experience covers not only the obvious issues of business activities and partial exemption, but crucially how VAT impacts on any transaction in relation to land and property where the VAT at stake is often considerable.

Rob is also responsible for coordinating Crowe’s VAT training seminars, both externally as well as 'in house' and he is a regular speaker on the VAT charity circuit.

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