Our people

Our President

Phil ‘Tuffers’ Tufnell

Life changing work…

“Each year I am inspired by the commitment of the ever evolving Change Foundation team. They are daring in their ability to challenge themselves to reach the hardest to reach, they thrive on innovation driven by our young people and most of all they show excitement in everything they do, bringing with them limitless opportunities. Whether you are a funder, partner, friend or young person, The Change Foundation have the wealth of experience to help you tackle social issues and break down barriers. I’m excited about what new innovations the charity will create next and immensely proud of the charities life changing work, thank you for continuing to support us.”

Our Team


Our Trustees

Alex Clode  Chairman

Alex is a senior Business Manager at Bloomberg LP, a global financial software, data, and media company, where he has held a variety of key strategic, development and marketing roles since 1993. Alex is also Chairman of Westley Richards (Holdings) and its 3 manufacturing subsidiaries. As well as a strong track record in business strategy and product development, Alex has considerable experience in finance, risk, technology, regulation and governance as well as investing in and supporting early stage businesses and social enterprises. Alex has an Economics degree from St. Andrews and is a member of both Merchant Taylors’ and MCC.

Vicky Lowe Vice-Chair

Vicky has over 12 years’ experience working in the sport and sport for development sector. Having trained as a PE teacher, she spent a number of years coaching PE in schools and sports clubs before moving to Saracens Rugby Club. Following a Masters degree in Sports Management, Vicky spent five years at Barclays Bank managing the global CSR initiative ‘Spaces for Sports’. Rugby and all sports are her passion and she spends her own time slowly running marathons, triathlons, and any other challenge that comes along. Vicky is currently Head of Development at Laureus Sport for Good, a global sport for development charity working in over 35 countries, and manages a number of funding relationships and corporate partners.


Angela Murphy – Treasurer

Angela has worked in the finance industry since university and became a Certified Public Accountant in the United States in 2006. Angela subsequently moved to the United Kingdom in 2007 where she continued her finance career.


Harry Lewis

Harry joined Berkeley in 2000 and over the last 17 years has been responsible for the land acquisition, design and planning of some of Berkeley’s most significant schemes in London and the South East. A chartered surveyor, Harry is currently Managing Director of Berkeley Homes (South East London) Limited and has operational responsibility for several high profile Berkeley projects, among them One Tower Bridge, Saffron Square, South Quay Plaza, Malt Street and Stephenson Street. Harry sits on the Berkeley Homes (Capital) plc Executive Board. Harry is married with 3 children and has a lifelong love of cricket.

Charles Valance

Charles has worked at a number of agencies including WCRS, BWBC and BBH.  In 2002, along with three partners, Charles founded his own agency called VCCP who now have offices in London, Berlin, Madrid, Prague, Sydney, San Francisco and New York. VCCP’s client list includes Canon, O2, eBay, Nationwide, Domino’s, comparethemarket.com, Netflix, Suzuki and easyJet. Charles specialises in brand strategy, which involves advising Clients on how they can most effectively communicate, differentiate their brand and build brand equity and attractiveness. Charles has been involved with charity for several years and became a Trustee in 2010.



Kafui Tay

Following an academic career in the sciences Kafui now works in the financial services sector specialising in risk and capital management. Kafui has held a number of Board positions for several different youth organisations helping to deliver positive outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

Charles Bretton

After a long career in the oil and gas industry, Charles now runs a small company selling and trading carbon allowances. Charles has a background in sales and marketing orientated enabling him to get involved in a number of different projects and companies both in the UK and abroad.

Asha Haji

Asha’s professional experience has spanned leadership positions in technology, marketing, talent acquisition and sales. Asha has supported a number of charities on crafting their digital strategies to help accelerate fundraising growth and improve marketing communication.

Helen Webster

Helen is a solicitor with 30 years experience in a City law firm. Originally Helen’s background is in Commercial Litigation. Helen became a partner of Norton Rose Fulbright and moved to the role of General Counsel for the EMEA region. Helen became involved in the business side of a large international law firm. In particular in relation to areas of insurance, compliance and risk. Helen was a trustee and director of Kingston Grammar School. Helen sat on their finance and general purposes committee and also their risk committee. Helen was also a director and trustee of Rowan Preparatory School, which was a charity. Helen became the Vice Chair of the Board and sat on the finance committee and the main board. Helen is a mother of 3 daughters aged 22, 20 and 18.

Steve Wootten

Steve is a recently retired PwC audit partner after 38 years auditing, 28 as Partner. He started his career in London working predominately with FTSE 350 listed Companies. For the last 16 years of his career Steve was in charge of PwC’s Uxbridge and then Gatwick offices. Steve’s clients in those offices were a mixture of listed companies, private equity backed companies and private companies including charities. Steve has attended over 200 Audit Committees of those clients where most of the meetings are focused on Risk and Governance.


Our Ambassadors

Adam Chappell, Chair of Ambassadors

Adam Chappell, Chair of Ambassadors

Adam co-founded the film and design Studio - Beagle - in 2011, and is one of the pioneers of digital content in the UK, transforming the global web presence of brands such as Vogue, Apple, Aviva, Amazon and Rolex. He was an Executive Producer for some of the most respected and dynamic TV production companies in the UK including Shine, Tiger Aspect, Darlow Smithson, IMG Media and ITN. He has won awards across Television, Digital Advertising and Branded content. Adam came across the Change Foundation via his client Berkeley Homes and the Berkeley Foundation, who are a donor. The MD of Berkeley South East London, Harry Lewis, kindly introduced Adam to the organisation and that was that! Adam offers communications and marketing advice and connects the Change Foundation with his network.

Mike Richards

Mike Richards

Mike Richards is the Chairman of Capital City Media, a media independent in the City of London. Mike has a great love of sport (season ticket holder at Bayern Munich, life member at Kent CCC and darts medal won when only 12) and has three kids. Mike came to the charity wanting to put something back into the system to help others less fortunate than him and his kids. Little experience in the charity sector, unless working in a hospital shop for several years counts, where he learned how to add up if customers bought multiple Mar’s Bars. He hopes to spread the word about the charity given his connections in the City and in the media.

Trevor Brown

Trevor Brown

Trevor recently retired as MD and founding member of Throgmorton UK, a company supporting the financial services sector now owned by Link Group, a quoted fund administration business. Starting as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen, Trevor became European Tax Director of Salomon Brothers and Citigroup before establishing a search engine promotion business and then Throgmorton. Trevor believes passionately in the power of the team environment to generate positive life skills. He loves all sports and still occasionally turns out on the cricket field but now concentrates mainly on golf, skiing and cycling to maintain a semblance of fitness.

Matt Foster

Matt Foster

Matt is a corporate lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) and lifelong cricket fan. Having been introduced to the Change Foundation through its blind cricket programmes which were supported by NRF’s “Together for Sport” charity initiative, Matt has been a supporter of the charity for more than 5 years and has taken part in a sponsored triathlon and cycling events to raise funds for the Change Foundation. Matt believes whole-heartedly in the power of sport and exercise to improve everyone’s lives and is regularly amazed by the incredible positive changes achieved by the young people participating in Change Foundation programmes.

Greg Galstaun

Greg Galstaun

Greg Galstaun is a Key Account Director at Oracle, specialising in retail technology. Married with two young boys, Greg became interested in becoming involved in the charity after attending an event and being bowled over by the approach taken and the success stories. Greg has always felt that he was lucky with the opportunities he has been given in life and wants to be able to help provide opportunities to others. Greg is passionate about rugby, cricket and occasionally attempts to hack his way around a golf course.

Mike Tovey

Mike Tovey

Until April 2017, Mike was a senior partner at Moore Stephens, a top-10 UK accounting firm and global network. Mike was managing partner for 12 years at successful mid-sized firm, Chantrey Vellacott, and led the firm into a merger with Moore Stephens in 2015. Mike has worked with clients in the charity and not-for-profit world over many years, mainly advising on financial and commercial management. Mike lived and went to school in Stepney in London’s East End and experienced first-hand the powerful benefits provided to young people by family support, decent housing and personal self-confidence. Mike is proud to be an ambassador for the Change Foundation and its fantastic work in this area.

Mark Mear

Mark Mear

Mark Mear is a Sales and Operations Director, specialising in Financial Services, Personal Insurance and Travel. With a teenage daughter and pre-teen son of his own, Mark has a passionate interest in the power and positive influence that Sport and the Arts can bring to the lives of young people, and is delighted to have joined the Ambassadors team at The Change Foundation. Mark is a sportsman himself and still plays Hockey in the Surrey Open League, is a qualified FA coach and a lifelong season ticket holder at Crystal Palace. He has also been known to ‘tread the boards’ in a number of local productions, both singing and acting - though perhaps not with the triple-threat ambitions of dancing as well…

Peter Thomas

Peter Thomas

Peter Thomas is the European marketing director for Accenture looking after all their marketing and communications teams across mainland Europe. He has over 30 years of communications experience in the technology industry having grown up in the technology PR agency world handling major clients such as Cisco, Motorola, HP and Oracle globally and across Europe. He first joined Accenture in 2005 as UK/I Marketing director and spent 4 years in the role until he was enticed away to join the RFU as Corporate Communications Director. It was during his time there that he was able to see the profound impact sport can have on the young and disadvantaged, and although he has since rejoined Accenture (in 2012) getting involved with the Change Foundation is his chance to make a small contribution in this area. Personally he was a journeyman rugby club player at Wasps and the HAC and has recently taken hockey back up. He also occasionally tries to cycle, swim and play golf but not at the same time. He lives near Winchester in Hampshire with his wife and three daughters and various assorted animals.

David Thompson

David Thompson

David has nearly 30 years’ experience in Private Banking and Wealth and Investment Management. Having spent over 25 years at Coutts, he has been with Brown Shipley since ‎2014 and manages full service private client relationships for high net worth individuals and families. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute‎. Outside work David is a family man with a wife and three children. He is a very keen sports fan (and player still on occasion!).

Glenn Ballard

Glenn has spent his career working in the technology sector creating IT solutions to business problems. Having left Hewlett Packard in 2017, Glenn now works as a consultant advising a range of businesses in the UK and across the world. He has supported The Change Foundation for the last five years, introducing new corporate partners, supporting fundraising events and helping the charity create our new website.

Tom Howard-Vyse

Tom Howard-Vyse

Tom is a freelance communications consultant. For the last ten years, Tom has specialised in sustainability, cleantech and environmental communications for some of the world's most innovative low-carbon pioneers, advising ground-breaking projects within the energy, finance, retail, aviation, carbon capture, agriculture and infrastructure sectors. Tom was previously global head of media at The Climate Group, Director of Communications at HarperCollins Publishers, Head of PR at the British Airways London Eye, and a senior consultant at several leading global PR companies. Tom was introduced to TCF by George Godsal (overseas TCF Ambassador) and lives in West London with four sports-mad boys. He is a passionate believer that sport, music and drama are powerful ways to inspire, transform and empower young lives.

Sophie Harrison

Sophie Harrison

Sophie Harrison is Head of Communications for housebuilder Berkeley St Edward. She has worked with The Change Foundation for the last six years, helping deliver the award-winning Street Elite programme which supports young people on the edge of gangs and crime into work. Having seen the power of sport for change first hand, Sophie joined the Ambassador network in late 2018 and is now looking forward to delivering The Change Foundation’s first ever ‘Strictly 4 Change’ dancing fundraiser. Outside of work, Sophie is a keen boxer, cyclist and all round lover of the outdoors.

Our celebrity supporters

Bryan Habana
South African Rugby Union Player

“Rugby, like most professional sports, teaches many life skills but the thing I love the most is the camaraderie not only between team mates but with the opposition as well. My young leaders will bring people together and work together towards a common goal.”

Chris Gayle
West Indies International Cricketer

“Cricket is a powerful sport, it changed my life. I was given the tools and support to succeed and I want to share this with young people who have nothing. I have a simple approach and I want these young people to see that simple can help you achieve great things.”

Darcey Bussell CBE
Former Royal Ballet Principal Dancer

“The power of dance in transforming the lives of young people cannot be overstated, achieved regardless of language or social background. I wholeheartedly encourage efforts to get young people dancing.”


Ian Wright
Former England and Arsenal Footballer

“So inspired by the work of The Change Foundation’s Street Elite programme, it proves the power of great youth work.”

Fitz Hall
Former Premier League Footballer

“These programmes are a great opportunity for young people, a second chance to make a success of their lives.”

Ian McKinley
Italian Rugby Union Player and Blind Rugby Ambassador

“I lost the sight in my left eye during a game of rugby. For me aged 20, it was hard to deal with but not as hard as some of the sociaI issues young people face today. I believe strongly in the values within the game of rugby and I know the Change Foundation has been built around those same qualities. I look forward to being part of this positive movement.”


Andy Robinson OBE
Former England Rugby Union Player and World Cup Winning Coach – Blind Rugby Founding Ambassador

“Being involved with the Change Foundation has been a very enjoyable experience.

I have been Inspired by the dedication of the staff and the attitude from everyone to try new activities in order to change their lives.

I am full of respect for the time and energy put in by The Change Foundation team to break down barriers, challenge negative beliefs to create opportunities for people to succeed.”