Alice Dawnay

CEO & Co Founder (currently on maternity leave)

Ellie Genevier

Switchback Mentor

Hayley Topley

Fundraising Manager

Kat Grant

Switchback Mentor

Leah Selinger

Interim CEO

Milka Fiseha

Switchback Mentor

Monique Williams

Switchback Mentor

Nadia Taylor

Finance & Office Manager

Richard Hurst

Head of Delivery

Sam Boyd

Policy & Impact Manager

Tom Davies

Communications Manager


Edward Mackaness was appointed to the Trustee board in September 2011. A qualified surveyor, Edward first came into contact with Switchback when helping us negotiate our office move. Having served with the Brigade of Gurkhas in the Far East, Edward moved on to hold senior management roles at Credit Suisse, BT and Prudential. After three years as a management consultant at Ernst & Young, he is currently Associate Director for Business Services at the law firm, Allen & Overy LLP.

Duncan Shrubsole observed Switchback emerge and grow while working at Crisis where he led its policy, communications and research for 9 years. He is passionate about the role of charities in changing lives and public policy and is now Director of Policy Communications and Partnerships at the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales. He started his career in local government and the civil service and is a school governor in South East London.

Katharine Danton started her career as an academic researcher and then headed up the Research and Evaluation department at The Prince’s Trust. After three years as an independent consultant for charities and government agencies, working on performance frameworks, feasibility studies and organisational change, she is now Director of Research and Policy for UnLtd, Foundation of Social Entrepreneurs.

Katie began her career in the corporate finance division of Lazard and moved into private equity in 2005. She worked as a member of the investment teams at Doughty Hanson & Co and Darwin Private Equity LLP before moving to August Equity LLP in 2015, where she is now responsible for portfolio performance and monitoring. Katie joined the Switchback Trustee Board in 2008 and became Chair in 2015. She holds a degree in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics.

Simon Eyers studied Electrical Engineering at Edinburgh in the 1980’s. He then went onto become a banker at SG Warburg, Goldman Sachs & Credit Suisse, before setting out on his own in 2000. Simon is now a private equity investor at Warburg Pincus.


Alison Flynn
Andrew Robinson
Dan Hayes
H H Judge Daniel Worsley (Ret.)
Sir David Bell
General Sir David Ramsbotham
Ed Wethered
Emma Bell

Gilbert Holbourn
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Jim Narey
John Gahan
John Podmore
Leah Selinger
Lizzie Day
Niall Bryant

Pamela Dow
Philip Dundas
Rachel Gill
Richard Springer
Roma Hooper
Simon Wethered
Sophie Samuel
Slaney Wright
Wayne Hodges

James Reid
Mo Munim

Pellum McCook

Rasel Ahmed
Sulaiman Musa