Charities

MEET THE CHARITIES TEAM

Our expert team is on hand to help with any questions you have about achieving your charity's mission.

  • Neil Poynton

    Head of Charities

    Neil has worked within the financial and third sectors for 30 years. He is highly experienced in managing the financial affairs and forging strong relationships with High Net Worth individuals, together with Business and Commercial entities.

    With a primary focus on leading teams to develop business, Neil has taken his experience into the charitable sector and is currently Head of Charities. Building credible relationships is at the core of his working principles.

    Find out more about Neil.

  • Neil Chadwick

    Client Relations Manager
    Neil has 35 years of experience in financial services, including over a decade managing and supporting portfolios of investments for charitable organisations.

    He is responsible for reviewing charity loan applications, and managing ongoing relationships with charities and non-for-profit organisations seeking financial support.
  • Stuart Niven

    Business Development Manager

    After graduating with a Geography (BSc Hons) degree from Nottingham University and a career in the private sector, Stuart joined the voluntary sector in 2003. He’s worked with a wide variety of charities including the Jubilee Sailing Trust, Missing People and Sense Scotland, helping them to achieve their business goals through some very challenging times.

    Since joining CAF in 2011, Stuart has enjoyed developing relationships with charities, companies and intermediaries from across Scotland and north England, supporting them to achieve their financial and fundraising goals.

  • Mark Hodkinson

    Client Relationship Manager

    Mark Hodkinson is a Client Relations Manager with over 25 years financial sales/marketing experience.

    Mark previously worked for Sanlam (S.A.), Standard Life Investments and Zurich before joining us in 2011. Mark has in-depth knowledge and experience of asset classes, multi-manager and absolute return funds and in the past has written technical guides.

  • David Brown

    Senior Client Relations Manager

    David has worked within the Financial and Third Sectors for 27 years. Professionally qualified, he has managed and developed Charity and Individual customer relationships. This has included managing successful teams as well as working in the Charity sector as a volunteer.

    With a focus on business development and client relationships, David draws on experience in Lending and Investments to build relationships with Charities and Intermediaries to assist charities and not-for-profit organisations to further their charitable objectives.

  • Kelly Lillington

    Client Relations Executive

    Kelly has worked in the Banking sector for 27 years with the vast majority of this spent supporting and managing small/medium businesses and the charity sector. Kelly is part of the Lending team in CAF bank helping charities and not-for-profit organisations access Bank finance to help them achieve their aims.

  • Joe Hehir (ACIB)

    Client Relations Manager

    Joe helps charities, co-operatives and other not-for-profit organisations compare the suitability of loan finance alongside other funding options, to further their objectives.

    A former trustee, Joe has worked in the banking and charity sectors for over thirty years.

  • Charlotte Jago

    Client Relationship Executive

    Charlotte joined CAF in 2005 and moved into the Charities team just over 6 years ago.

    As a Client Relationship Executive, she supports and assists our Client Relationship Managers and Business Development Managers. Customer Service is at the heart of everything Charlotte does, and she feels proud to be helping charities with their needs.

  • Ben Jowitt

    Customer Relationship Manager

    Ben has worked as a Client Relations Manager at Charities Aid Foundation since October 2015. Providing support to a wide range of charities and not-for-profit organisations, he has helped his clients maximise the return they receive on cash surpluses, increase their income by looking at different methods of fundraising and has provided organisations with the finance required to invest in capital projects.

    Prior to joining CAF, Ben worked for a firm that designed and implemented the application and monitoring processes for grant-making organisations and has also previously worked in retail and commercial banking for 25 years (latterly working with local government and charities).

  • Ben Harris

    Business Development Manager

    Ben has worked in the charity sector for over eight years with CAF and previously with a small national health charity.

    His experience combines both commercial and third sector roles in business development, fundraising and stakeholder engagement.

  • Sean Taylor

    Business Development Manager

    Sean is a Client Relations Manager supporting the borrowing requirements for many not-for-profit organisations including Housing Associations, Co-operatives and charities. Sean has been working within the charitable sector for the past 13 years.

  • Richard Hunt

    Head of Lending Business Development

    Richard leads CAF Bank’s Charity Lending team. He works with both charities and Housing Associations to provide appropriate lending; helping them to make a real difference for their beneficiaries.

    He is involved with the development of the CAF Bank lending proposition. As well as banking, Richard has worked in education finance and is a trustee of two charities.

  • Bethany Diprose

    Client Relationship Manager

    Bethany joined the team in 2017. She helps charities and not-for-profit organisations explore options for how to grow and remain resilient. These include fundraising tools, strategic consultancy services, loan financing, banking facilities, and savings and investments, designed specifically for charities.

    In her previous role, Bethany was part of CAF's Private Client team, supporting wealthy individuals to realise their philanthropic goals.