Our core team has extensive experience across all of the key areas covered by our audit services. This includes organisational resilience, legal, administrative, financial, operational, human resources, management, planning, security, training, trustee and charitable governance expertise.
Additionally, each of the team members has been, and continues to be actively, involved with diverse charities operating in the UK and overseas, in such roles as trustees, mentors and volunteers.
MEET THE TEAM
Katja is the founder and CEO of GSDM/R4C.
She is a professional, strategically minded, resourceful and pragmatic lawyer with practitioner, military, operational, commercial, academic and civil society experience gained over more than 28 years. She has operated in many different national and international contexts, including at the governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental levels.
With expertise in security and disaster risk, Katja specialises in resilience. She has experience across the broad spectrum of issues considered during R4C’s audits. Notably, her previous practice as a barrister included criminal and employment law (dealing with, e.g., employee disciplinary proceedings and grievances, bullying and equal opportunities issues). She has also served as a senior manager encompassing being head of human resources, administration, finance, auditing and logistics (responsible for approximately £20 million cash and assets).
Charitable service has formed an important part of Katja’s life for several decades. She has been involved with many different charities, including as a trustee of three charities. She has organised / participated in short and longer term overseas missions trips to more troubled geographical regions, ranging from humanitarian aid to post-conflict reconciliation and trauma work.
Katja has developed R4C’s audit tool based on many years of professional practice and service within the charity sector.
Rebecca is GSDM/R4C’s Head of Business Operations. In this role, she looks after the Company’s operational, administrative, financial, IT, logistical and marketing aspects.
With extensive experience of working in the education, business, and charitable sectors, her most recent roles have included the directorship of a green-energy company, current co-directorship of a consultancy company offering administrative, financial, human resources and marketing support to SMEs/charities, and a strategic position with a financial training firm.
Thriving on building meaningful and enduring personal and professional relationships, Rebecca loves the charity sector. This is evidenced by her many and various charitable and volunteering roles, including trusteeships of a number of charities at home and abroad. Over the past 2 years, she has worked closely with Katja to make charities more resilient, especially in terms of their operations, finance, administration, governance and training. She is co-director of one of R4C's partner companies, Refresh Business Ltd, which provides ongoing professional charitable business support. In her ‘spare’ time, she runs the accounts for her local Scout Group.
Nick is GSDM/R4C’s Head of External Engagement. In this role, he works closely with Katja and Rebecca in implementing the Company’s strategy and vision, including through external engagement with existing as well as prospective clients and partners.
Following a full career in the British Army, and with extensive experience of working at the governmental and intergovernmental levels, Nick brings with him a wealth of experience, including strategic assessment, defence relations, disaster management response, conflict prevention and human resources.
Nick’s last Army position saw him involved in running boards of inquiry following accidents and incidents, investigations into complaints and identifying lessons to be learned. Since leaving the Army, he has worked with a number of organisations in helping them to determine employee grievances. In addition to this work he has helped conduct a Culture Review of a national UK charity. He uses his experience to mentor a senior person in a regional charity. Nick has a MSc in Leadership and Management.
Nick is a GSDM/R4C Associate specialising in organisational resilience. A key focus of his work is to assist clients to develop a culture of resilience which improves their overall efficiency and effectiveness including during uncertain and challenging times.
Nick joined GSDM/R4C following a full career in the Metropolitan Police Service, where he was a recognised subject matter expert in business continuity, emergency planning and risk management. He worked strategically across all levels of HM Government and developed many partnerships with private industry and NGO’s, both nationally and internationally.
His policing career saw him holding portfolio for the management of planning aligned to several strategic roles, such as the command and control of London, aviation security and Royalty and specialist protection. After leaving the police service, Nick’s duties with the Royal Household involved extensive engagement with the Charity Sector across the UK. Since then, he has worked as a consultant assisting clients globally to attain comprehensive organisational resilience within their operations including crisis management.
Craig is an GSDM/R4C Associate specialising in Charity Governance issues and training. The key focus of his work is helping charity trustees to ensure that their governance arrangements are robust and ready to meet the expectations of the regulator and their donors.
Craig joined the R4C team after a 30 year career in the Royal Navy, and then 5 years in senior executive roles within the charitable sector. As a specialist submarine Warfare Officer, he spent the first half of his naval career at sea, culminating with 3 years in Command of a nuclear submarine. He subsequently worked in diplomatic and strategic roles in the Ministry of Defence and Naval Command Headquarters.
During his last years of naval service he was drawn towards the Third Sector and through London Southbank University he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in “Management in Civil Society” and then an ICSA Post Graduate Certificate in Charity Management. On leaving the Royal Navy he established the post of Head of Delivery at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, a charity which sought to encourage open minded societies and prevent radicalisation. He then went on to become the CEO at the Dame Agnes Weston’s Royal Charity for the Naval Service, which provides pastoral support for serving members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and their families.
He has been using his extensive experience and knowledge of the Third Sector to train and assist charity trustees for the last 3 years.
Daniel is GSDM/R4C associate with a background in resilience, disaster management, planning and research.
Daniel has particular interest in and valuable experience of resilience, technical innovation, contingency planning, and humanitarian assistance, having worked alongside leading actors at the local, national and international levels, especially the International Red Cross in a number of countries. Beyond the charity sector, research has provided opportunities for Daniel to interact with organisations including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Cabinet Office, the United Nations, and Civil Protection. His specialist expertise includes the impact of emerging technologies before, during and following natural and manmade hazards, focussing especially on situational awareness, responsibility, and community engagement.
Outside of work, Daniel enjoys travelling, walking, and experiencing various cultures. He is a football coach for his local club.