Carney’s Community has a Management Committee of seven members who meet on a monthly basis and are responsible for the strategic direction and policy of the charity.

The trustees are from a variety of professional backgrounds relevant to the work of Carney’s Community:

Charles Gibson


Charles is a practicing barrister in civil and commercial law. He has been a Queen’s Counsel and a Recorder of the Crown Court since 2001. He is head of Henderson Chambers and an accredited Mediator. He is also a keen boxer.

Tom Fitzgerald

Treasurer & Company Secretary

Tom is a private equity investor. Prior to this, he worked in various mergers & acquisitions and strategic advisory roles at Morgan Stanley and Evercore. He also represented Fitzroy Lodge Boxing Club as a light heavyweight.

Shay Chohan

Shay has a degree in Management from Cass Business School and has experience in training, organizational development, and business consultancy.

Lucy Davidson

Lucy is a psychologist specializing in oncology, palliative care, and bereavement. She currently works for several hospitals in London supporting families affected by cancer. She has a background in charity work, in particular charities supporting children affected by adversity, where she worked in a fundraising/awareness-raising capacity.

Paul Delaney

Paul is the COO at Positive Money, a research and campaign organization focusing on reform of the money and banking system. Previously Paul worked for six years at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). He has expertise in charity governance, operations, finance, fundraising, and public affairs, with a broad contact network of public policy stakeholders across Westminster, the private sector, and amongst civil society organizations.

Greg Jones

Greg worked in Public Relations for twenty years, on some of the world’s biggest brands. In addition, he is a qualified psychotherapist and volunteered at an HIV charity for ten years.

Lisa Smith

Lisa is the Director of the Leaders’ Quest Foundation.  Leaders’ Quest is a social enterprise that works with leaders to create a more equitable and sustainable world.  Lisa spent close to ten years in various roles at CARE USA – including Director of Development for the Chicago Office, Coordinator for Strategic Planning and Special Projects for the Program Division, and Senior Technical Advisor in Human Resources. After this, she joined the Department of Patron Services at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to solicit high-end subscription sales for their Annual Campaign. Lisa has consulted for Oxfam GB and also served as Deputy Director of Research for the City of Chicago’s office for liaison with the philanthropic community. Her most recent position, prior to joining Leaders’ Quest, was Head of Fundraising for People In Aid (now CHS Alliance), an organisation that improves NGO performance through better HR and people management. Lisa is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London, as well as a Trustee with Carney’s Community and the Association of British Orchestras Trust.  Lisa holds a BA in French from Middlebury College in Vermont and a MSc in Development Studies from SOAS.

Craig Thorley

Craig works in public policy, strategy and research, and is based at the NSPCC. Craig has written extensively on young people’s mental health, education, and child protection, and in 2014 co-created Think Ahead, a recruitment and training scheme for mental health social workers.