Trustees | CPAG

Ruth Lister CBE - Honorary President

Alan Buckle - Chair

Gaynor Humphreys - Vice Chair

Alan Thackrey - Treasurer

Anne Baxendale

Jonathan Bradshaw CBE

Kim Catcheside

Fiona Forsyth

Professor Alan Marsh OBE

Mark O'Kelly

Tony Orhnial

Diane Sechi


Ruth Lister CBE - Honorary President

Ruth Lister CBE is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and a Labour peer. She is a former Director of the Child Poverty Action Group and is now its Honorary President. She served on the Commission on Social Justice, the Opsahl Commission into the Future of Northern Ireland, the Commission on Poverty, Participation and Power, the Fabian Commission on Life Chances and Child Poverty and the National Equality Panel. She is a founding Academician of the Academy for Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Social Policy Association in 2010.

Ruth is a member of the (parliamentary) Joint Committee for Human Rights and is the chair of the Management Committee of Compass.

She has published widely around poverty and social exclusion, welfare state reform, gender and citizenship. Her books include Citizenship: Feminist Perspectives (2nd ed. Palgrave, 2003); Poverty (Polity Press, 2004); Gendering Citizenship in Western Europe (with F. Williams and others, The Policy Press, 2007) and Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy (The Policy Press, 2010).


Alan Buckle - Chair
Alan Buckle

Alan was Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of KPMG International until 2013, during which time he worked in more than 50 countries and advised a wide range of international companies and governments. He was also a trustee and Deputy Chairman of the British Council. During 2014 and 2015 he was an advisor to the Labour party and the Leader of the Opposition, during which time he did policy work on Low Pay. Outside work he is an enthusiastic long distance runner.


Gaynor Humphreys - Vice Chair

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Gaynor Humphreys has been a CPAG member for well over 20 years and joined the trustee board at the AGM in 2010. While all her working life has involved her in jobs concerned with social justice, it was five years at Family Action (then FWA) when her work was specifically about campaigning on poverty, using the organisation's experience of grantmaking to individuals in need and supported housing for poor, older people.

Gaynor’s most recent job was as Director of London Funders, the cross-sector network of organisations funding London’s voluntary and community sector. Immediately before that she was Director of WINGS, a global network of associations of grantmakers and organisations promoting philanthropy (then based in Brussels). From 1993 for ten years she was Chief Executive of Community Foundation Network. Previous jobs were mainly in the voluntary sector, in urban and rural settings, in local VCS development, community work and grantmaking.

Gaynor has retired from full-time work and is giving time through trusteeship of several national, regional and local foundations and other voluntary organisations.


Alan Thackrey - Treasurer

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Alan is a Chartered Accountant with a successful career in finance having held the role of Finance Director with several divisions of a major international computer services company. He also has experience of governance and business planning. He retired from the private sector.

From 2010 to June 2016 he was National Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee of Crohn’s and Colitis UK, where he fulfils a role comparable with the Treasurer role at CPAG. In October 2016, he was appointed as Vice Chair of Crohn’s and Colitis UK.


Anne Baxendale

Anne Baxendale photoAnne Baxendale is Deputy Director of Communications at the housing and homelessness charity Shelter where she has spent the last decade running successful campaigns to improve private renting and win the case for more affordable homes. Before this she represented a range of private and third sector clients at the global PR firm Edelman. Outside work she is a governor at her local primary school in Tottenham and enjoys yoga.


Jonathan Bradshaw CBE

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Jonathan Bradshaw is Professor of Social Policy at the University of York (Emeritus). He was the founding Director of the Social Policy Research Unit. He helped to establish the York Branch of CPAG in 1968. The branch set up a welfare rights stall in York market, which evolved into the Welfare Benefits Unit, which is still the second tier welfare rights service for York and North Yorkshire. He was Chair of its Management Committee for over 40 years. He served previously on the CPAG national executive for ten years or so in the late 1960s and 1970s.

His main research interests are in child poverty and more recently child well-being. Most recently he has been collaborating with The Children's Society on a series of studies of the subjective well-being of children. He was made CBE for services to child poverty and is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Over the years he has contributed to Poverty journal, and his most recently edited book is The well-being of children in the United Kingdom published by Policy Press in July 2011. He is the UK coordinator of the European Social Policy Network. He was appointed Chair of CPAG's Policy Committee in 2013.

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Kim Catcheside

Kim Catheside

Kim Catcheside has been a journalist for more than 25 years. She began her career as a reporter for BBC Radio Sheffield during the miners’ strike where one of her first contributions to Radio 4 was a feature on how striking families had been forced to resort to the perilous 19th century practice of “coal picking” on the massive slag heaps around the collieries.

After a long spell as a political correspondent Kim became a social affairs correspondent in 1997 specialising in welfare. Later she took on the education brief in addition to social policy. Over the years Kim has worked hard to get issues of child poverty and welfare onto the airwaves. Since leaving the BBC in 2010, Kim has taken a post as a director with a communications agency that helps charities and organisations with a public policy focus.


Fiona Forsyth

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Fiona is a volunteer advisor at Parkhead Citizens Advice Bureau, based in Glasgow’s East End.

Before retiring in 2015, she was the Scottish fundraiser for Voluntary Services Overseas, and was CEO of Rosemount Lifelong Learning for 11 years. Rosemount is an independent family learning centre in North Glasgow which has developed innovative work in childcare, literacy, adult education and refugee integration.

Fiona was Chair of One Parent Families Scotland from 2012-2014, where she campaigned against the negative impact of welfare reform, stigma and pressures experienced by lone parents.


Professor Alan Marsh OBE

Alan Marsh is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, and previously Deputy Director, at the Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster. From 1990, he led the Social Security Research Team, carrying out national surveys of low-income families, low-paid workers and disabled people, studying the effects of tax credits on families’ opportunities to work, their health and welfare, contributing to the evidence base for the Government’s anti-poverty programme.

Previously he worked in social research, both in government and universities, including a stint as Director of Research for the Economic and Social Research Council, and later worked on the National Child Development Study. Publications include Families, Work and Benefits and two projects involving CPAG.


Mark O'Kelly

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Mark O'Kelly is Director of Finance and Administration at the Barrow Cadbury Trust and has over 30 years' experience in the charity sector. He was previously the Finance Director of Childhood First, which supports young people with emotional and psychological difficulties. He also spent a number of years working with organisations supporting disabled people around the world, including several years working and living in Peru. He continues to be involved as a trustee and volunteer with various organisations working in the field of young people and disability.


Tony Orhnial

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Tony Orhnial CB is 68, married and lives in south London. Tony was made a Companion of the Bath in 2007, and he has acted as Specialist Advisor to the Finance Bill Sub-Committee of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee since 2010.

Before retiring in 2008, Tony was Director of Personal Tax and Welfare Reform at HM Treasury where his responsibilities included strategic oversight of the income tax, national insurance, and tax credits systems, child benefit and the policies and budget of the Department of Work and Pensions. Tony was the senior official responsible for the Government's child poverty target, and so has a long-standing commitment to the aims of CPAG.

Before joining the Treasury Tony served at the Inland Revenue (1988 to 2004), where he led teams formulating new policy on self-assessment (1993-1996) and tax credits (1997-2004). From 1971 to 1988 as an academic economist at Kingston Polytechnic and the University of Konstanz in Germany.


Diane Sechi

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Diane is a social welfare lawyer at South West London Law Centre. Currently her main areas of work cover housing, welfare benefit challenges at the Upper Chamber and community care. In the past she has dealt with extensively with debt cases and ran employment cases. Diane also acts as a duty solicitor at the County Court representing defendants to possession claims. Before joining South West London Law Centre in 2010, Diane worked in Springfield Law Centre situated in Springfield Psychiatric hospital, where she dealt exclusively with vulnerable mental health service users.

Being concerned with the link between poverty and poor health, Diane has assisted the Money Advice Liaison Group together with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, in developing practice guidelines for consumers with mental health problems and debt. Viewing access to justice as a right, Diane promotes Pro Bono services where legal aid funding is no longer available. She is also a trustee for the Pro Bono Unit.