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.




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 West Wiltshire, and works alongside Blagrave partners to learn from their work with young people and support successful grants.





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.



Julian Whately

Tim Jackson-Stops

Linda Epstein

Tasneem-Zohura Alom

Paul Neave Bt

Diana Leat PhD

Clare Cannock