Oonagh bio picOonagh 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. Her work with the Local Government Association focused on improving Children’s Services and co-managing the Ageing Well programme. 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.


Laura D bio picLaura Doughty: DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Laura joined Volunteering Matters in September 2014. In her role, she leads on communications, employee volunteering, policy, Europe, impact and policy and fundraising. 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.




Is Szoneberg: Director of Volunteering Operations 

Is has been with Volunteering Matters for 30 years, when the charity was known as CSV. She began her career as a teacher before working for a period of time at the Newcastle Community Health Council as a Well Women’s Centre Research Project Worker. Is then moved on to CSV and worked in a number of different roles including regional manager across Bradford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Edinburgh. She became Director of full-time volunteering in Edinburgh in 2007, before becoming Head of Volunteering Operations for the whole of the UK in 2011.



Kate Morris: Director of Finance and Resources

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, most recently as Head of Group Finance, Kate previously worked for the National Crime Agency and Marks and Spencer as part of their finance teams.



Duncan Tree- Head of PolicyDuncan Tree: Head of Policy and Performance

Duncan Tree leads Volunteering Matters’ policy work and has more than 25 years experience in both the public and voluntary sectors at national and local levels. He has a particular interest in and experience of the development and implementation of health and social care policy. Duncan joined Volunteering Matters in 2004 (when the charity was known as CSV) from the Local Government Association, where he had been Senior Policy Adviser for Social Affairs and Health. He began his career in East Sussex County Council Social Services and also worked for West Sussex County Council, the Improvement and Development Agency and the Association of County Councils.


Trustee Board 2016

Chair: Anne Heal // Satyen Dhana //  Joyce Ohajah // Mitan Patel // David Wilkinson // Andrew Hudson // Brian Smouha // Patrick Luong // Katerina Rudiger // Julie Kirkbride

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) // Barbara Austin // Martha Burnige // Sir Alistair Graham // Richard Harries // Dorothea Hodge // Tim Loughton //  Bob Maggs // Laura Marks // Sir Bert Massie // Archie McAvoy // David Mellor // Carole Milner // Madeleine Moon // Clare Parry // Sir John Shortridge // Kate Simpson // Carol Tongue // Rolande Anderson