Charitable Resilience for Uncertain Times


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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 have been, and continue to be actively, involved with diverse charities operating in the UK and overseas, in such roles as trustees, mentors and volunteers.


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 organized / 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’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. Recently, she worked closely with Katja over an 18-month period to introduce, embed, manage and deliver/arrange training for new systems and processes for one charity, focusing on the administrative, financial and governance aspects. In her ‘spare’ time, she runs the accounts for her local Scout club.

Nick is GSDM’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 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.