Grants Advisory & Review Panel

The Grants Advisory & Review Panel (GAARP) is a special project sub-group of the NHS Charities Together Board. The need for the GAARP will be reviewed by the Board every six months, and it shall be stood down if it is no longer required.

The GAARP of NHS Charities Together exists to provide:

• Subject Matter expertise in the governance and administration of best practice Grant schemes.
• Expert and external grant decision making recommendations.
• Specific expertise around evidence-based needs, trends and structures to support the delivery of the vision and mission of NHS Charities Together and meet the needs of our members and their associated NHS Trusts through appropriate grant making.
• Independent thinking, challenge and assurance in the grant making of NHS Charities Together.

The panel consists of up to 8 members drawn from anywhere in the UK and represent each of the 4 constituent (devolved) nations.

Further information about the GAARP can be found via this downloadable document.

GAARP Panel Members

Keith Ajegbo was head of Deptford Green School in South East London from 1986-2006. As a result of his work at the school he was awarded an OBE in 1995 and knighted in 2007 for services to education. In 2006 he was invited by the DCSF (now DFE) to lead the writing of a Curriculum Review on Diversity and Citizenship looking at issues to do with Community Cohesion.

Following Headship, he worked as an education consultant, advising the DCSF on Community Cohesion and working extensively for Future Leaders mentoring teachers on a fast track to headship.

Keith is currently involved with three charities; Chair of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust that works to support young people from economically deprived backgrounds with their careers; Trustee of the Wimbledon Foundation, the Charity of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and a trustee of A Partner in Education, supporting education in Rwanda.

He read English at Downing College Cambridge and is a fellow of the college.

Moira Swinbank has been the Chief Executive of three national charities; TimeBank, Legacy Trust UK and Vinspired. She has a background in both the business and voluntary sector with a particular focus on young people and volunteering.  She was awarded an OBE for services to volunteering in 2007.

At Legacy Trust UK Moira was responsible for the distribution of an endowment of £40m and for raising an addition £36m to support a sporting and cultural legacy from the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

In 2016 she helped set up the MCS Charitable Foundation with an endowment of £5m. The Foundation works to increase public confidence, awareness and access to renewable energy and low carbon solutions across the UK. It supports education and engagement programmes, funds research and facilitates innovative solutions to drive widespread adoption.

Moira is currently a Governor of two schools, an Academy Primary and a special school for children with autism.

Alan Eccles is a Scottish solicitor specialising in private client and legal issues for those in the charities, third and impact sectors. Alan is also a trustee of the Scottish Children’s’ Lottery and the Scottish Universities Law Institute.

Alan’s work covers three main areas: charities; private client and parliamentary matters. Much of Alan’s practice involves advising on charity law. Alan assists charities, individuals and corporates in charity law, social enterprise (including charities engaged in trading and projects such as renewables), CSR, governance, training and philanthropy. Alan has been heavily involved in early developments in charity law such as Scottish Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs), reorganisations, mergers and social enterprise.

Alan’s private client work covers estate planning including wills, executries, trusts and inheritance tax. As part of his private client advice, Alan often advises on incapacity law – this has involved acting in some of the leading Scottish cases on incapacity law and estate and succession planning.

He has developed experience advising on parliamentary matters for charities and charitable activities including advising the Burrell Collection (Lending and Borrowing) (Scotland) Act 2014.

Lizzy Steinhart is a philanthropy and charity specialist. Always fascinated by the not for profit sector, she fell into voluntary work at university and then straight into the sector with an early role which involved making small individual hardship grants demonstrating the ‘value’ of good grant giving.

From that starting point, Lizzy has worked across the breadth of grant giving, from the distribution of lottery money to private city philanthropists and much in between. She thrives on the process of grant giving. From due diligence, compliance and the legal aspects of doing it ‘well’ across to the very human side of philanthropy, i.e. what makes people give money to charity and what emotional journeys and relationships people go through as part of the process.

Employed as Philanthropy Advisor at LCM Family, a national multi-family office, she works in a team delivering a breadth of planning areas that support individuals and families in looking after their wealth, family values and legacy for future generations.

Lizzy has a reputation nationally as an independent philanthropy specialist, is a sought after speaker on the topic and cares deeply about the thoughtful promotion of the use of private assets for public good.

Elizabeth Neal spent 15 years working with Mencap, 11 of those in Wales including as North Wales Operations Manager and Director Mencap Cymru. She was responsible for Mencap strategy and operations as part of the leadership team with responsibility for Mencap’s work in Wales. This included registered care homes, domiciliary services, employment and volunteering, membership support, helpline and information provision, campaigning and citizenship services.

She has served as a trustee of the Welsh Centre for Voluntary Action and currently volunteers as a community mediator for Newport Mediation. She has worked as a lay reviewer of the supervision of midwives across all Wales’ health boards and volunteered as chair of Aneurin Bevan’s Health Board’s maternity services liaison committee. Now based in South East Wales she works for the Department of Education.

Elizabeth is a Graduate of Cranfield School of Management and the University of Bristol.

External Advisors

Jill Lockett is Managing Director of King’s Health Partners. Jill leads the King’s Health Partners strategic and operational agenda delivering the five-year plan, determining and delivering local and international programmes and maintaining the culture of partnership. Jill joined King’s Health Partners in 2012 as Director of Performance and Delivery and is a member of the King’s Health Partners Joint Boards, CEOs’ Action Group and AHSC Executive. 

Previously, Jill was  Director of the Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry Clinical Academic Group at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, National Director of Cancer Waits and Heart Team Capital Programme at the Department of Health, Director of Commissioning in a London Primary Care Trust and Chief Executive of a primary care organisation. 

Jill is also the Chair of Trustees for the Bethlem Museum of the Mind.