Cost Effective Budget | Guidelines and Principles

back Cost Effective Budget How clear is the financial plan, estimates and recognition of potential budget variances? What methods are being employed to promote cost effective implementation (i.e. volunteers, use of existing assets and resources etc)? What are we looking for? A well numerated, sensible and clear budget, which sets out a breakdown of the […]

Strategic alignment and buy-in | Guidelines and Principles

back Strategic alignment and buy-in How does the proposed project align with the organisation’s overall key strategic goals and plans, and integrate with existing systems, structures, policies and other activities to maximise impact? What are we looking for? We want to learn about how the project align with the overall objectives and plans of your […]

Risks | Guidelines and Principles

back Risks What are the key project delivery risks (i.e. staffing, financial overspend, scope creep, challenging milestones, safeguarding etc) and are there suitable mitigations in place? What are we looking for? We want to see an awareness of risk in your plans and also an awareness of how they can be sensibly managed to ensure […]

Plan | Guidelines and Principles

back Plan How clear are the proposal’s aims, objectives, activities, timescales, targets, outputs and outcomes? What are we looking for? We want to understand how the proposed project will be delivered, through clear and realistic plans. How can this be demonstrated? Clear project timeline with realistic milestones for expected progress. Targets and outputs should relate […]

Priority | Guidelines and Principles

back Priority Why is the project an essential priority – and why is your particular approach likely to have a positive impact? What are we looking for? We want to understand why the proposed project is needed and what issue(s) it will address: What are the issues you are trying to address? Why are these […]

Contribution and income generation | Guidelines and Principles

back Contribution and income generation What income and other resources is the grantee contributing or other partners contributing to the project, what has been raised to fund the project so far, and are there any plans to generate further income to increase the scale of impact? What are we looking for? We would like to […]

Learning | Guidelines and Principles

back Learning How has the plan been informed by meaningful engagement with executive teams, beneficiaries (i.e. young people, adults etc), wider experts, reviews of historic practice and other research? What are we looking for? We want to understand how the proposed project was developed, and how the need it addresses was identified. We also want […]

Embedding and empowering | Guidelines and Principles

back Embedding and empowering Is it clear how the project will continue to be delivered or potentially expanded after initial grant funding comes to an end, and are participants given the motivations, skills, knowledge, tools and autonomy to implement the initiatives, and/or reduce the need to repeat the same activities with the same cohort of […]

Capacity and leadership | Guidelines and Principles

back Capacity and leadership What experience and time can leadership and operational staff and students commit to the project or programme? What are we looking for? We are looking for assurance of the staffing requirement for your project in terms of capacity and leadership. We want to feel confident that the project can be carried […]

Assessment framework | Guidelines and Principles

back Assessment framework What are we looking for? We are looking for a sensible plan of how the project outcomes will be measured and evaluated. By proportionate, we refer to the need to take into account the scale of the project, the capacity constraints around it in terms of staff, time, and resources available, as […]

Poppy is the Youth Engagement and Partnership Officer at Ormiston Trust, responsible for coordinating our team of Young Advisors and developing effective working relationships with external organisations. She is currently studying ‘Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development’ at Warwick University and previously worked as Board Advisor for a non-profit youth-focused organisation in Croydon. She has experience in activism work – attending COP26 with environmental education company Force of Nature and had been a member of the UK Youth Parliament for many years, speaking on environmental issues in the House of Commons for its ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign.

Genéa is the Communications and Events Coordinator at Ormiston Trust. She plays an integral role in overseeing the communications and media strategy – along with leading the content development for internal and external comms and PR across the Trust and the #WeWill programme. As well as supporting all event planning across campaigns, including the delivery of comms workshops with the Youth Advisory Council. 

She has worked predominantly in broadcasting PR, comms and editorial and now works as a narrative designer alongside her work since completing her MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins. 

Fiona is the Grants Assistant at Ormiston Trust and in her role she supports the Grants team. Previously, she worked in the City for 10 years, firstly as a dealer on the floor of the London Stock Exchange and then as an equity salestrader.  

Samia is a business and ICT Teacher with over 20 years of leadership experience in Education, working with leaders from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5. Her experience has ranged from working as an Acting Head Teacher to a Deputy for an Education Trust. Some of the key highlights from her education career have included building schools and setting up education provisions, including a teaching school, and winning several National awards. Samia is passionate about ensuring the young people in her care have the best possible experience and has always led by example by sending her own children to the schools she has been a part of.

Ray leads the youth engagement, partnerships and fundraising work streams at Ormiston Trust, in particular having strategic oversight of how we as an organisation can embed the voices of our young people in everything we do, and how we can work with partner organisations to maximise shared outcomes and opportunities.

His background is in community project development and funding, having worked with charities, schools, and local authorities in East Anglia to develop a plethora of projects including primary-secondary school transition, award-winning youth amateur theatre, social prescribing in rural GP practices, and youth commissioning boards, for which he was recognised as a Prime Minister’s Point of Light.

Ray is a global health and medicine graduate, alongside his work at Ormiston, he is a hospital doctor and public health academic. He is also an #iWill Ambassador and national #iWill Partnership Board member.

Anne is Finance Manager at Ormiston Trust and has worked for Ormiston Trust for over 30 years, overseeing the property portfolio and asset management. She combines her work at the Trust with voluntary community work and has raised thousands of pounds to enhance leisure and education opportunities for young people in disadvantaged communities. 

Karlene is Finance Manager at Ormiston Trust and has been handling the Financial Management of Ormiston Trust since 2014. Her background is in Financial Services with 20 years working in the industry and she has a passion for systems, processes and spreadsheets to enable good finance management. 

Aneela is the Head of Education at Ormiston Trust. Prior to joining Ormiston Trust, she was Head of Professional Development and School Improvement at Beaconhouse Group, overseeing the professional development of over 8000 teachers and implementing systems for school improvement across 200 international schools, in the Southeast region. Prior to this, she worked at Universities in the UAE, where she taught on the Bachelor of Education and Diploma programmes, and previous to this she was a Lead Advisor for Nord Anglia Education services, working with head teachers and principals to raise educational standards across schools in Abu Dhabi.

Melissa is a Programme Management Officer at Ormiston Trust. In her role she supports the #WeWill programme management, and works closely with the monitoring & evaluation, social action toolkit & skills, and youth engagement teams. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Development at the University of Sussex, and her postgraduate degree in Global Health and Development at UCL. Over the last eight years, she has dedicated much of her time to working with non-profit organisations in the UK, Nigeria, China, and Tanzania.