Who we are

The Blagrave Trust is run by a small team working in London and in the region.

Jo Wells, Director.

Jo Wells has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years both in international humanitarian aid overseas and in the UK. As well as working on front line operations in natural disasters and conflict around the world, she managed a policy team, has led research, been involved in multi-agency global initiatives around standard setting, and is a published author.  Jo is passionate about ensuring that people who use services have a voice in decisions affecting them and that funding systems enable user led service design and delivery.  Jo has volunteered as a Childline counselor, and is currently a Trustee of the Essex Community Foundation where she lives.




Philippa Knott, Policy Manager.

Philippa joined Blagrave in September 2018 as policy manager. She previously worked at the Centre for Youth Impact and in the Cabinet Office’s Youth Policy team, leading their work on evidence and impact measurement in youth services, including the set-up of the Centre.

She has a background in government, public policy and research, and holds degrees from the University of Oxford and London School of Economics.

Philippa is interested in the interaction between inequality, power dynamics and service provision, and is passionate about getting services working so that people – particularly young people – have the resources and the freedom they need to create the lives they want.


Charde Pinnock, Team Assistant.

Charde is committed to ensuring hard-to-reach young people are provided with an effective platform for their voices to be heard as well as opportunities to shape the way services are delivered. She is Vice Chair of Southwark Children in Care Council and a facilitator of theatre projects for young people. She is passionate about the arts and is a talented actress, writer, spoken word poet and director. Charde has been Team Assistant for Blagrave since November 2019 and is based in London.


Tessa Hibbert, Regional Partnerships Manager.

After a career of 20 years working in the voluntary youth sector, including spells at the National Youth Agency, the Young Foundation and the Regional Youth Work Unit in the South West, Tessa joined the Blagrave Trust in 2016. She is based in Somerset, and works alongside Blagrave partners to learn from their work with young people and support successful grants. Tessa is a trustee of a youth counselling charity in Bath.






Edd Fry, Project Manager.

Edd joined Blagrave in a part-time role in January 2018.  He has previously been a fundraiser for a variety of different youth-focused charities and has extensive voluntary experience, as a Trustee and also delivering front-line work.




Peter Babudu – Chair of Trustees.

Peter is Head of Evidence at the Youth Endowment Fund and a local councillor in Southwark. Peter has spent over a decade in the social sector and has worked with a range of foundations, government departments and charities to help them better understand the impact of their work and how it might be improved.



Young people are a major focus of Peter’s work. Both in his role at the Youth Endowment Fund and in his role as a local councillor in Southwark, where he leads a range of work exploring issues that affect young people, ranging from knife crime and exclusions to the state of the local economy and improving opportunities for social and sustainable businesses. Before joining the social sector, Peter practiced law at a leading city firm. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford and Birkbeck College.

Tasneem-Zohura Alom.

Tasneem is currently a Trainee Solicitor at a leading law firm in Mayfair. She read Law at King’s College London, and then went on to do a Masters in Law at the University College London, focusing on issues of social justice and feminist jurisprudence.

She has had experience working in the House of Lords and the House of Commons, and has worked with organisations such as Future First and the Brokerage City Link. She joined the Blagrave Trust as a Trustee in 2018.


Segun Olowookere (finance remit).


Segun is a qualified management accountant and currently works for the UN International Maritime Organisation within the Management accounting and enterprise team. Prior to joining the UN he worked for Comic Relief as a Senior Finance Business Partner working closely with the grants team. Segun’s passionate about helping to make finance fun and easy to understand. He spent over 5 years working for Humentum as a financial management specialist training over a thousand NGO professionals in good practice financial management, strategic financial management and grant management.  


Segun is passionate about young people and worked for the charity Restless Development – a development agency working with young people to become the next generation of leaders.  Outside of his professional work he is also a social entrepreneur, mentor and passionate about inspiring young people and helping them to achieve their dreams and is the author of a motivational book called, You Might As Well, which is aimed at inspiring young people to live a life full of potential.

Clare Cannock.

Clare is Regional Head, South and West for BBC Children in Need. She is responsible for a multi-million pound grant portfolio as well providing leadership to a team of staff and volunteers, strategically inputting into the charities policies and objectives to find, fund and collaborate to make a difference to children and young people’s lives.

Clare worked in Dance for 15 years before moving into the Charity sector holding posts including Fundraising Manager for the Jubilee Sailing Trust and Cancer Research UK. She is currently Vice Chair of Swindon Dance National Dance Agency.


Clare joined the Blagrave Trustee board in 2016, and brings her knowledge of the children and young people sector, grant making, governance and strategic leadership to the board.

Timothy Jackson-Stops.

Tim is a surveyor engaged in project management and has been a founding Trustee since the formation of the Trust in the 1980s.

Tim has been instrumental in the Blagrave Trust’s relationship with the Linkenholt estate, establishment of Linkenholt Countryside Education Centre and the management of our property assets.




Linda Epstein.

Linda is a consultant at EY and has been active in youth and voluntary projects from a young age. Linda leads the Corporate Social Responsibility activities for her team at EY, ensuring that professionals are engaged with local causes and young people. Linda is a member of the EY Foundation Youth Panel, an Enterprise Advisor for the Careers and Enterprise Company and mentors and coaches young people.

Linda joined the Trustee board in 2018.




Diana Leat PhD.

Diana has held research posts in universities and think tanks in the UK, the US and Australia. Having spent some time focusing on research into grant-making foundations,  Diana spent a year with the Carnegie Trust UK developing the first research centre for philanthropy in the UK (CGAP), and compiling a series of case studies on social change philanthropy.



Diana is currently a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, London. She is the author of over 120 articles and books on the non-profit sector and social policy, specialising in philanthropic foundations. Until its closure in 2013 Diana was on the board of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund in the UK, and she joined the Blagrave Trustee board in 2015.

Diana’s latest book Philanthropic Foundations, Public Good and Public Policy is published by Palgrave Macmillan.