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John Lyon’s Charity has a small staff team who can be contacted on the email addresses below.

Chief Executive Officer
Dr Lynne Guyton
Lynne joined the Charity in April 2017.  Lynne holds a Doctorate in Economics from Cambridge University and had a career in banking until 2012, including senior positions in RBS Investment Bank, Barclays Capital and Accenture.  Prior to joining JLC, Lynne was Co-Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Foundation.  As Chief Executive of John Lyon’s Charity, Lynne provides strategic leadership for both long term management of the Charity’s endowment and oversees the direction and focus of grant giving in the Charity’s Beneficial Area.

Cathryn Pender Grants Director
Cathryn Pender
Cathryn is the Grants Director at John Lyon’s Charity, a role she has been in since 2007.  She has been instrumental in the development of the Charity since it started giving grants in the early 1990s.  Cathryn leads on the strategic development of the Charity’s core purpose in grant-giving and manages the Grants Team to run effective funding processes.  Cathryn is particularly interested in helping schools work with mental health professionals to develop effective models to assist with children’s resilience and emotional wellbeing.  She also works closely with large Arts institutions to bring creative learning to the heart of their work.

Lloyd GayFinance Director
Lloyd Gay
Lloyd has been with John Lyon’s Charity for over ten years.  He is responsible for and has oversight over all aspects of the day-to-day management of the charity’s finance function.  Lloyd spent many years as a Senior Manager at the law firm Pemberton Greenish where he specialised in the administration of grant-making charitable foundations, trusts and estates, including the provision of related accounting, compliance and tax advice.

_WW20376-EditSenior Grants & Communications Manager
Anna Hoddinott
Anna has been with John Lyon’s Charity for thirteen years and has been the Grants & Communications Manager since 2007. Her primary areas of expertise include arts and music projects, projects that provide opportunities for young people with special needs and/or disabilities and childcare initiatives. Anna is also responsible for the Charity’s marketing and communications including the website and Annual Report.

Senior Grants & Public Policy Manager
Erik Mesel
Erik has been with John Lyon’s Charity for nine years. He is responsible for maintaining the close links between the Charity and the local authorities in the Charity’s Beneficial Area. Erik also nurtures relationships with other external organisations and sits on the boards of London Funders and CVS Brent. For the last two years, Erik has been leading on establishing the seven Young People’s Foundations the Charity supports.  His particular grant-giving focus has been on working with BME groups, supplementary schools and youth clubs.

_WW20688-EditGrants & Research Officer
May Osman
May joined John Lyon’s Charity in June 2015.  Her previous experience has been in the education and voluntary sectors.  She works alongside the Senior Grant Managers on a wide-ranging portfolio of grants across the Charity’s programme areas.  May is also responsible for researching areas which are typically more difficult for the Charity to fund due to its place-based approach.  She works closely with the team to assess the impact of the Charity’s giving and informs programme development.

Grants & Communications Officer
Debbie Howitt
Debbie joined John Lyon’s Charity in July 2017.  Working alongside the Senior Grants Managers, her role involves grants processing and monitoring, in addition to supporting the marketing, publications and communications of the Charity.  Previously Debbie ran a national emergency fund, providing small grants to families and individuals following brain injury.  Her experience also includes volunteering as a Gateway Assessor for Citizens Advice and coaching Back to Netball.

Community Development Coordinator
Poonum Chamdal
Poonum joined John Lyon’s Charity in September 2016 as the Community Development Coordinator. Poonum has worked in the Charity’s Beneficial Area as a qualified Senior Youth and Community Worker for the past six years.  Her last two posts were within organisations that received funding from John Lyon’s Charity and she is keen to use her practice experience to guide her work within the Grants Team.  Poonum’s areas of expertise include Youth Work Supervision, Youth and Community Organisational Management and Anti-Oppressive Practice.

PA & Office Manager
Melanie Keeble
Melanie joined the Charity in April 2016.  Prior to that she has enjoyed a varied career within the local government, not-for-profit and commercial sectors but has found her vocation within the charity sector which previously included four and a half years at the NSPCC.  Her earlier roles encompass communications, consultancy, human resources, marketing, negotiations and commercial development.  In her position at John Lyon’s Charity, Melanie provides support to the CEO and Finance Director as PA and ensures the smooth running of the office.

Grants Administrator
Nicky Meyer
Nicky joined the team at John Lyon’s Charity in October 2016.  Her previous roles have included national training coordination for both the business and charity sectors, as well as PA and office management.  Nicky is responsible for the Charity’s grants administration throughout the whole grant cycle from initial proposals through to final reports.


Administrative Assistant
Neil Grant
Neil joined John Lyon’s Charity in June 2017. He previously worked in medical regulation, managing contracts and assisting with recruiting doctors and lay members who sit on panel hearings and attend educational visits.  Raised in Brent, one of the boroughs in the Charity’s Beneficial Area, he was keen to join the team and witness first-hand how funding is utilised in the local area.  Neil provides administrative support to the Grants Administrator and is one of the first points of contact for people contacting the Charity.