The Team

The TrustCSR Team is made up of a group of extremely professional, experienced consultants, account managers and programme administrators working with clients across the UK and globally. We provide strategic CSR advice and manage the effective implementation of community investment and employee engagement programmes that deliver a positive impact on society. Our motivated team is committed to leading social change in partnership with our amazing clients.

Our Consultants


Benjamin Janes

Benjamin has spent the last 23 years working with charities, and companies supporting charitable activities.  He advises clients on the strategic development of employee engagement and community investment activities, inspiring them to achieve sustainable value through social engagement.

Benjamin currently sits on the board of three charities in Gloucestershire and also provides coaching and mentoring to young people and the clergy.

He is the Director of the family of businesses that make up The Trust Partnership and works as a consultant helping our clients to establish effective mechanisms to support and influence society.

Kate Van der Plank

Kate has over 20 years’ CSR experience across multiple sectors. She was previously Head of UK Community Investment at National Grid and Head of Community Affairs at Cadbury.

Kate’s areas of expertise include:

  • Strategy development, aligning CSR with core business strategy and operations and building a strong business case.
  • Effectively embedding CSR within HR, such as development of a volunteering strategy that aligns with skills development and using volunteering as a key tool for employee engagement and staff retention.
  • Development of effective corporate charity partnerships that create shared value, including employee chosen charity schemes, and effective evaluation and impact reporting.
  • Development of governance structures that improve business impact, minimise reputational risk and achieve higher social return on investment.

Kate is a recognised expert in volunteering and employee engagement and has worked with government to develop policy. She has chaired the Cabinet Office skills based volunteering campaign and is a regular speaker on conference platforms. She has extensive experience of creating and managing strategic corporate / charity partnerships and has won numerous awards in this area.

Jo Sandford

Jo has over 20 years’ experience of CSR. She was previously Area Manager with Business in the Community and for the last eight years has worked as a consultant with a range of clients including Jaguar Land Rover and National Grid.

Jo’s areas of expertise include:

  • Advising and supporting companies on CSR benchmarking including the CR Index and Community Mark.
  • Writing successful award submissions, impact reports and newsletters.
  • Developing community grants programmes and scholarship programmes that engage stakeholders and enhance corporate reputations.

Jo’s key area of expertise is in communicating the impact of clients CSR programmes and in developing simple but effective systems. Jo has advised Jaguar Land Rover on benchmarking of their Corporate Responsibility performance, culminating in the company achieving Responsible Business of the Year 2013.

Trudi Webber

Trudi has over 10 years’ of extensive project management experience, particularly in the field of charity / corporate relationships in the health and education sectors.

Having worked in both the charitable and corporate sectors, Trudi brings a deep understanding of the importance of stakeholder engagement to the team.

She started her working career with KPMG training as a Chartered Accountant and moved into the charitable sector specialising in business development and sustainability.

Trudi has responsibility for strategic development within the corporate responsibility team, drawing from her wide range of experience in the 3rd sector, academia and business.

She is passionate about embedding sustainability into the heart of business, particularly through stakeholder engagement.

Barnaby Hopson

Barnaby has worked in grant making since 1996 and has worked with a range of funders including the National Lottery, Princes Trust, Local Authorities and community foundations both in the UK and the USA, where he has been responsible for setting up and running grant making programmes.

Other charitable organisations he has worked with include the British Red Cross, United Nations Associations, Amnesty International and the Samaritans where he has been involved in fundraising, project management and consultancy.

Johanna Tompsett

Johanna has worked in the charitable sector since 1998 as a project manager and Fundraiser. Since 2006 she has focused on fundraising, specialising in Trusts and Major Gifts, managing teams of fundraisers at Meningitis Now and both Wiltshire and Dorset Wildlife Trusts. Most recently she has been Trusts and Foundations Manager with the University of Bristol.

Johanna is the Director of the Trusts and Foundations team and is responsible for business development as well as providing a high standard of administrative and governance support to our charitable clients.

Rose Gardner

Rose has a professional background in Marketing and Sustainability. She was previously Head of Community Investment at RWE npower and has held a number of broader CSR roles. Roses areas of knowledge and expertise include development of community investment and employee engagement strategies and long term charity partnerships. Rose is an experienced Coach and Facilitator. She enjoys working on a 121 basis, offering advice and support to Community Investment/CSR Professionals and working with teams to help them develop their thinking and long term strategy. Rose has achieved various national awards for a number of Community Investment programmes and was recognised by Business in the Community as a ‘Game Changer’, an individual who is an excellent advocate of responsible business.

Rose was a member of the London Benchmark Steering Group for nine years and remains committed to helping and encouraging others to quantify the impact of the work they undertake in the community. She also sat on the Board of the National Education Business Network (NEBPN) from 2005 – 2012 and was a key player in its transition into the Institute of Education Business Excellence. She has a keen interest in Education and firmly believes in the positive role business can play in the education of young people in the UK.

Abigail Oatway

For the past 15 years, Abigail has been working in the voluntary sector, designing, developing and managing multiple and innovative programmes to support young people to develop their skills and opportunities. She has worked as the Senior National Programmes Manager for UK Youth, where she was responsible for the setting up and running of Corporate Social Responsibility programmes for a variety of organisations, including Microsoft, Starbucks, O2 and Barclays.

She is experienced in the delivery of social action and grant making programmes, which aim to address some of the many challenges faced by young people today


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