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Oonagh Aitken: Chief Executive

Oonagh began her career in teaching before working in management roles within the Education Directorate of Strathclyde Regional Council and holding senior posts in Glasgow City Council and Fife Council.

In the mid 2000s, she spent three years at McGill University School of Social Work, teaching social policy and conducting research in First Nations and Inuit communities. She also spent two years in Brussels as part of her role as European Liaison officer at Strathclyde Regional Council, and has European and international experience. Oonagh holds a degree in Modern Languages, a Master’s in Educational Administration and a Master’s in Art History.

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Laura joined Volunteering Matters in September 2014. In her role, she leads on brand, communications, strategy and income generation. Laura was formerly Deputy Chief Executive at Stonewall, the gay equality charity. Laura spent the first 18 years of her career in the private sector, including working for the Guardian and Observer Newspapers, Talk Radio and Viacom Outdoor (Exterion Media) where she was National Sales Director.

She spent over a year as the Director of External Affairs & Income Generation before becoming the Deputy Chief Executive, and led on the successful rebrand of the organisation.


Kate joined Volunteering Matters in 2014. She is directly responsible for the Finance, Facilities & IT functions, engaging with Trustees and Executive Directors on every aspect of the functional areas to deliver key strategic outcomes and projects. Kate spent 10 years at the British Heart Foundation, as Head of Group Finance, Kate previously worked for the National Crime Agency and Marks and Spencer as part of their finance teams.

Kate is also a trustee for the Drinkaware Trust and has an MSc in Charity Accounting and Financial Management from CASS Business School.


Emma joined Volunteering Matters in 2001 and began work with us delivering training in Volunteer Management to external organisations. Now, she is the Director of Delivery and is responsible for the operation of the charity’s volunteering and social action projects and programmes across the UK. This involves ensuring efficient and effective management, delivery against stakeholder requirements, and the development of delivery models which can be scaled and replicated and which demonstrate high social impact.

She is also a trustee of a charity based in Brighton that supports people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction as well as being a Voluntary Sector Community Mentor and the Welfare Secretary for a community football club.


Paul has worked in the voluntary and statutory sectors, specialising in health, children’s services and social inclusion.  As senior policy adviser for the first Children’s Commissioner for England, he brought the voices of children and young people directly into the policy making process.

More recently, Paul was Director of Public Services at the RSA, helping to drive innovative research and influential thought leadership with partners in local government, further education and business. He is now the Director of Strategy at Volunteering Matters, responsible for all our strategic interventions at all levels and across all pillars of activity. He is responsible for analysing the external environment, explaining complex delivery and social models and putting the case for Volunteering Matters interventions and solutions to a broad stakeholder audience.

Trustee Board 2017

Chair: Anne Heal // Vice-Chair: Andrew Hudson // Katerina Rudiger // Brian Smouha // David Wilkinson // Peter Bailey // Satyen Dhana // Julie Kirkbride //  Patrick Luong // Mitan Patel // Iona Turner

President: Lord Levy

lord levyLord Michael Levy has been President of Volunteering Matters since 1998. He attended Hackney Downs Grammar School, which is a short walk from Volunteering Matters head office (the Levy Centre).

He had a successful career in professional practice and commerce, and built up and sold several successful companies. He was Prime Minister Tony Blair’s personal envoy and special advisor on the Middle East. In addition he was the Labour Party’s chief fundraiser for several years, and was the driving force behind the Academies Programme in education. In 1997 he was made a life peer.

Lord Levy has a long-held commitment to the charity sector with abiding interests in volunteering, welfare and education. He is also President of Jewish Care, JFS and Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade


Advisory Board

John Pulford MBE (vice-president) // Martha Burnige // Richard Harries // Dorothea Hodge // Tim Loughton //  Bob Maggs // Laura Marks // Archie McAvoy // David Mellor // Carole Milner // Madeleine Moon // Joyce Ohajah //  Clare Parry // Sir John Shortridge // Kate Simpson // Carol Tongue // Rolande Anderson