Our board of trustees is legally responsible for the overall management and decision-making of FPA. The board sets the overall direction of our work and monitors our performance against our strategic plan.
All our trustees are volunteers, giving their time and skills to FPA free of charge. They meet four times a year as a board as well as attending various other FPA committee meetings and events during the year.
We are fortunate to have a broad range of individuals who bring a great mix of skills and experience to FPA.
Dr Val Day, Chair
Val joined the board of trustees in 2009 and became Chair in 2011.
- Val trained in medicine in London, developing a clinical career in obstetrics and gynaecology and sexual healthcare before becoming a public health consultant.
- She has worked in public health at local, regional, national and international level for 25 years.
- Val has been Director of Public Health in North Worcestershire, Director of Service Improvement Programmes in the NHS Modernisation Agency and held various posts at the Department of Health.
- In 2009 she retired from the Department of Health where, as Director of Commissioning and Public Health, she had focused on the capacity and capability to improve population health through effective commissioning of health improvement and healthcare services.
- Val is now an independent public health consultant and has worked on a wide range of assignments for primary care trusts, acute hospital trusts and the Department of Health.
Marta Garcia, Vice Chair
Marta joined the board in 2014 and became Vice Chair in 2015.
- Marta works for Social Finance UK, a purpose-driven organisation that develops innovative financing models to enable social impact and innovation. She leads Social Finance´s effort to build a market for social outcomes in Latin America, and is actively engaged in supporting local authorities in the UK improve their social care provision.
- She brings a hybrid set of skills to FPA, with extensive private sector experience in strategy consulting (Boston Consulting Group) and commercial banking (Capital One Bank), as well as deep expertise supporting the growth, sustainability and impact-creation capabilities of non-profit organisations (UnLtd, The Bridgespan Group, Leaders’ Quest Foundation and Population Services International).
- Marta is a Spanish national, though her career spans several countries and cultures, and is motivated by achieving tangible and life-changing impact for beneficiaries.
- Marta holds an honours degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), and an MBA from Stanford University. She is also a qualified coach.
- Marta acts an adviser to Aleron Third Sector, a non-profit strategy consultancy focused on helping individuals, organisations, and governments create positive change in society.
Anthea Morris, Honorary Treasurer
Anthea joined the board as Honorary Treasurer in 2016.
- Anthea trained as a chartered accountant (ICAEW) in London, developing a speciality in the not-for-profit sector.
- Anthea is also a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and has masters degrees in Management and in Commercial Law.
- She has been financial controller for Citizens Advice where she won the prize for best large charity accounts.
- Since 2006, she has worked in healthcare and life sciences both in the UK and internationally. This has included spending six months living and working in rural Tanzania as the strategic management consultant for a hospital in Lindi.
- Anthea is a director of Better2Know, the UK’s largest private provider of sexual health testing services, and the vice chair of NHS Doncaster CCG where she is also Chair of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Helena joined the board in 2015.
- Helena graduated from Oxford University with a BA in History and Politics.
- In 2015, she was recognised by the Woman of the Year awards.
- She has held various positions within the Labour Party, worked on referendum and election campaigns, and now works in communications.
- She brings a set of strategic skills to the board, coming from a background of political communications and running campaigns.
- Helena is passionate about ending violence against women and girls in all its forms, an issue on which she has long campaigned.
David joined the board in 2012.
- David is Chief Executive of the Cameron Fund, a medical benevolent charity supporting GPs in the NHS.
- He is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Secretaries and an MBA and has over thirty years’ experience in business management.
- David has held a range of directorships in education, property management and arts organisations and regularly provides independent consultancy services to the third sector.
- He was Chief Executive and subsequently acted as a consultant to Bindmans, the human rights legal practice.
Gillian joined the board in 2017.
- Gillian currently works as the Director of Income at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Brighton, where she is responsible for mobilising income for the largest civil society organisation working with communities across the globe to address HIV and AIDS.
- She has had a long career in international development, serving as a health economist at DFID, the FCO, World Bank and WHO, and more recently managing fundraising and programme development for UNAIDS, UN Women and the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, based in both Geneva and New York.
- Much of her background has focused on AIDS-related programming, but she also brings a great deal of knowledge of public health, women’s rights, conflict and security, and sustainable development.
- Gillian is passionate about promoting women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has extensive experience in raising funds for a wide range of causes and programmes from governments, private companies and individual donors.
Ellie joined the board in 2015.
- She is currently working on a PhD at the University of Birmingham on the historical development of the local voluntary sector.
- She is also a freelance researcher, working with clients on voluntary sector history, historical and contemporary community development and community mapping.
- Previously she has worked as Policy Officer at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Research Officer at the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), and delivered training and consultancy on young people’s strategic participation on behalf of the National Youth Agency.
- During her studies at the University of Glasgow, Ellie built a successful volunteer-run sexual health and information service, in partnership with the local NHS. She has also fundraised for a number of sexual health charities, and volunteered as a young person on sexual health peer education projects.
Jem joined the board in 2017.
- Jem graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Government.
- He volunteered, then worked as a youth worker, in the Jewish community delivering informal education activities to young people on topics such as mental health, social action, and sexual health.
- He is the founder and director of a charity and social enterprise called The Bike Project who provide second-hand bikes to refugees and asylum seekers in London.
- He has previously served on the boards of The Advocacy Academy and Sweet Cavanagh.
Zoe joined the board in 2015.
- Zoe is a junior doctor currently completing a PhD in maternal medicine at the University of Cambridge.
- She is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and holds a Jean Hailes for Women’s Health Emerging Clinical Leaders Fellowship.
- She is planning a career as a clinical academic with a focus on improving health outcomes for pregnant women and their babies.
- Originally from Australia, Zoe has had a commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights for some time.
- She has served as a Director of Family Planning Victoria, a Youth Representative for Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia, and a Regional Executive Councillor for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) East and South East Asia and Oceania Region.
- Zoe also co-founded a not-for-profit organisation, The Nookie Project, which aims to improve the quality of sexuality education in Australia and ultimately to improve sexual health for young people.