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Ros Oakley – Chief Executive

Ros co-founded AoC in 2013. She was appointed as Executive Director in April 2015. She has 25 years’ experience in leadership, management and policy roles in the charity sector and as a consultant to non-profit organisations. Ros has an MBA from London Business School and is also a principal consultant with Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness. She was also previously Chair of the board at Charities Evaluation Service.

Victoria Mirfin - Deputy Chief Executive

Victoria Mirfin

Vicky is an experienced leader in both charity and corporate sectors. Prior to joining Association of Chairs in April 2019, she was CEO at the membership charity Heart of the City and, most recently, was Deputy Director at an education charity in London. She was also Head of Global Corporate Responsibility at Lloyd’s of London for more than a decade, where she oversaw their three grant-making foundations and overall CSR strategy. She is a Committee Member of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which recognises the work of voluntary groups across the UK and is a trustee of Cloudesley Charity and a trustee of New River Baptist Church.

Isabel Locke – Programme Manager

Isabel Locke

Isabel is Manager of the Beacon Programme. She recently joined Association of Chairs as part of the CharityWorks graduate programme, following her graduation from Durham University in July. She held several voluntary roles including as Outreach Officer and Head of Primary Education for her university college, and as a Nightline volunteer. She also interned at the global disaster relief charity, ShelterBox, where she worked on corporate partnerships.

Lina Franzen – Membership and Events Coordinator


Lina has worked as an office manager and administrator both in the UK and Sweden and has been an active charity volunteer with the World Literacy Foundation in the UK, and the UNHCR and the Vallentuna City Farm in Sweden. She has also pursued an internship in Peru working with social and economic empowerment of women in a rural area.

Kim Deasy - Communications Manager

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Kim has worked in communications in charities, including the Mission to Seafarers, Age UK/Age International and Arthritis Care. She has also held communications and PR roles at Royal Holloway, University of London, West Thames College and Harrow College.

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