Fegans is a Christian charity which has been supporting children for 150 years. We are governed by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for ensuring the charity remains true to its charitable objectives and Christian ethos.
Each of the Trustees of Fegans brings a particular expertise to the Board, including healthcare, finance, marketing, governance, business and advocacy. The Board meets at least four times a year and Trustees work closely with the CEO and Senior Management Team, visit Area Teams and attend the annual Staff Day. Trustees are appointed for a term of three years and for a maximum of two terms.
Andy is Managing Director of Aon Underwriting Managers, Aon’s inhouse Insurance Underwriting Agency in the UK, and is responsible for the direction and growth of that business.
He has worked in the insurance industry for more than 35 years for several companies in both London and Paris. Andy is also a director of Aon Underwriting Managers Ltd, Bermuda, a sister company.
He is a committed Christian and is a member of St Peter’s Church in Tunbridge Wells. Andy has been married to Heather for more than 25 years and has three children.
Ali is currently an Associate Trainer and Consultant for The Foundation for Social Improvement where she provides support for small charities in strategy and planning, governance, fundraising and impact measurement. She holds an MA in Charity Management and has been involved with the charity sector for the last five years. She also has over 25 years of experience in marketing within agency, large corporate and small business settings including four years with a mental healthcare provider.
Ali lives in Sevenoaks with her husband Steve and has three children. As a committed Christian, she is a member of Hope Church, Sevenoaks, where she is currently involved in the launch of their afternoon service.
Claire worked for the NHS for 40 years, the last 28 as a Health Visitor, before retiring in 2012. Through her work she was frequently exposed to the traumas that some children experience in early life. Her passion is for all children to have the opportunity to access appropriate help as needed.
She has known Fegans throughout her life due to having a family connection with the founder. In 2018 she was appointed a Trustee.
Claire is currently a Church Warden at St Andrew’s Church and a trustee of the Community Emergency Foodbank in Oxford where she lives. In her spare time she enjoys Pilates, singing in a choir and her annual skiing holiday.
Zoe Smith is Head of Advocacy at Open Doors UK and Ireland. Zoe joined Open Doors in 2011, following a LLM in International Human Rights Law, and has since grown the organisation’s advocacy work both in the UK and internationally, influencing successive UK governments and the United Nations, leading and coaching colleagues in the UK and abroad, and facilitating significant internal change. Zoe lives in Birmingham, is married to Alastair Smith, and is an active member of King’s Church Birmingham.
David lives in Redhill, Surrey with his wife Cynthia. They have 3 grown-up children.
David spent most of his career in central Government, as an auditor and civil servant, and is a qualified accountant. For 7 years he was Group Financial Controller at the Department for Transport. He retired from the civil service in 2019 but retains a role as an external assessor for the civil service fast stream assessment centre. He also works part-time as Operations Director at Holy Trinity Church, Redhill – running finance, purchasing, HR, and anything else ‘behind the scenes’.
David has a number of interests in the charitable sector, being a trustee of other (smaller) charities. He is currently undertaking a part-time diploma course in charity financial management and accounting at the Cass Business School.
All policies are approved at Trustee level and reviewed regularly by the relevant member of the leadership team. Our policies are living documents that we incorporate in the very life of our organisation. For example, the safeguarding team meets weekly with the CEO in attendance. Policies are updated regularly and speedily as required, in order to adapt quickly to operational changes or new legislative requirements. To view a full policy, click on a title below:
Data Protection Policy
Over 70% of Fegans income is from statutory partners paying for our services. We believe that this is testament to the quality of our services and the desperate need for them within the communities in which we operate. The 30% gap in our income portfolio can only be filled by donations from individuals and Trusts. Fegans offers an expensive service to those who often are unable to pay. The time and expertise required to recover a child who has suffered significantly is low compared to the results…but its absolute price is a high threshold for families and schools to have to reach. In order to ensure that traumatised children who cannot afford our services still have access to them Fegans need compassionate donors to step into our financial gap.
It is perhaps worth noting that Fegans staff, who together are over 90% of our operating costs, are significantly underpaid but do this job because of a strong sense of calling to minister to children in need. As our staff have sacrificed because they believe in what we do, we trust that their example is a powerful motivator to those who can stand in the gap for, and with, us.