Meet the team

Buttle UK's staff, trustees and Chances for Children Campaign Board

Joseph Howes

Chief Executive

Joseph has years of fundraising experience and a passion for supporting children, young people and their families in the UK to build better futures. Joseph joined Buttle UK from youth homelessness charity Depaul UK, where he spent five years as Executive Director of Fundraising, Development and Communications.

Previously, Joseph has held senior roles at Action for Children and The Prince’s Trust. He is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Rainforest Foundation, which gives him the chance to support another cause that has always been close to his heart.

Senior Management Team

Paddy Zervudachi – Director of Finance and Administration

Richard Barron – Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Clare McGread – Head of Grant Development

Staff Team

Chief Executive’s Office

Clare Piechota – Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team

Grant Programmes and Project Development

Andrew Walters  Grants Development Officer (Support for Boarding)

Diane Smith – Grants Development and Operations Administrator

Beth McIvor – Grants Development Officer

Ffion Haf – Grants Development Officer

Gari Sparling – Grants Development Officer

Kate Zaczek – Grants Development Officer

Luke Mitchell – Grants Development Officer

Fundraising & Marketing Team

Adrienne Gregory – Major Donor and Corporate Manager

Jessie Dillon – Impact and Evaluation Manager

Chris Davis – Trust Fundraising Officer

Pixie Parker – Fundraising and Marketing Officer

Jill Dinsmore

Chair of Trustees

Jill was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees in November 2020 after serving six years as a trustee.

She also chaired the inaugural Chances for Children Campaign Board for five years from 2015, which has now successfully hit its £10million fundraising target.

Prior to being involved with Buttle UK, Jill sat on the board of Friends of the Scottish Cot Death Trust for seven years, organising large-scale fundraising events.

Other events organised included high-profile fashion shows and concerts for several charities including Music in Hospitals Scotland and Scottish Disability Sport, raising thousands of pounds and awareness of the causes in the national press.

Peter Orlov

Deputy Chair of Trustees

Peter Orlov has spent over 15 years working for top law firms, specialising in advising on all aspects of legal matters relating to private investment funds. He is currently the General Counsel of a growth fund manager, specialising in tech investments.

Peter has acted for a variety of clients over the course of his career, from large sovereign wealth funds to complex corporates and central banks, including acting "pro bono" for a number of charity and not-for-profit clients.

Peter has been a trustee of Buttle UK since 2016; he lives in London.

Board of Trustees

Mark Alexander

Lucinda Baxter

David Buttle

Chantelle Chamberlin

Thomasina Findlay

Rosie Norris

Mike Seaton

Alex Tennant

Leo Wong

The Chances for Children Campaign Board

Caroline Whiteley (Chair)

Colin Crawshaw

David Dinsmore

Louise Evans

Simon Ffitch

William Ladenburg

Christina Sorensen Lötter

Guy Paterson 

Freddie St George

Jill Dinsmore – Chair of Trustees, Buttle UK

Joseph Howes – Chief Executive, Buttle UK

Richard Barron – Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Buttle UK