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

Lynne Guyton Feb 17Chief Executive
Dr Lynne Guyton
Lynne joined the Charity on 18 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.  For the last four years Lynne has been with the Kew Foundation, latterly as the Co-Chief Executive.  As Chief Executive of John Lyon’s Charity, Lynne looks forward to providing strategic leadership with a particular focus on the management of the Charity’s Endowment and the development of John Lyon’s Foundation and the links between three elements of that Foundation: Harrow School, The John Lyon School and John Lyon’s Charity.

Cathryn Pender Grants Director
Cathryn Pender
Cathryn has been the Grants Director at John Lyon’s Charity since 2007 and was a Grants Manager prior to that. She has been instrumental in the development of the Charity since it started giving grants in the early 1990s. 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 eleven 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.

Erik Mesel Senior Grants & Public Policy Manager
Erik Mesel
Erik Mesel has been with John Lyon’s Charity for seven years. He is responsible for maintaining the close links between the Charity and the local authorities in the beneficial area. Erik also nurtures relationships with other external organisations and sits on the boards of London Funders and CVS Brent. 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 charity sectors.




Community Development Coordinator
Poonum Chamdal

PA & Office Manager
Melanie Keeble

Grants Administrator
Nicky Meyer