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.
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.
Gary joined the board in 2014.
- Gary is Managing Partner of Gondwana LLP, advising a range of social enterprises, charities, foundations and philanthropists in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
- He has extensive experience in sexual health, family planning and non-profit commercial business models and was previously Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer of WomanCare Global, a leading non-profit supplier and distributor of contraceptives and reproductive health products to non-governmental organisations, the voluntary, public and non-profit sectors in over 100 countries around the world.
- Gary has over 25 years senior management experience in finance, charities and healthcare, having earlier worked for both Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan in both investment management and venture capital.
- He holds an honours degree in Economics and Politics from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and has also studied at both Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
- Gary is also a board member of HSF and a Trustee of The John and Anne Newton Foundation.
Sophie joined the board in 2010.
- Sophie is currently a foundation year doctor training in Birmingham, having graduated from Birmingham Medical School in 2014.
- She is currently undecided on her future specialty but considering sexual health medicine.
- During her studies she took a year out to do a biomedical sciences intercalation in Healthcare Ethics and Law, conducting a research project focusing on female sexual autonomy.
- She was president of the student medical society (MedSoc) from 2011-12 and chaired the National MedSoc Committee Conference organising committee in 2011.
- After volunteering at FPA in 2010 Sophie decided to apply to be a trustee as a representative of younger people.
- She has also volunteered and worked for the UK charities Jeans for Genes, the Music Therapy Charity and the Lauren Page Trust, organising project work, designing websites and fundraising.
Ellie joined the board in 2015.
- She currently works as Policy Officer at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, with a focus on social care, benefits and housing.
- 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 a 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.
Verity joined the board in 2015.
- Verity developed an interest in sexual and reproductive health policy as an undergraduate. She is currently an Economic and Social Research Council funded Social Policy PhD student at the University of Kent.
- She graduated from the University of Kent with a BA Hons in Sociology and Social Policy in 2013 and completed an MA in Methods of Social Research with a Merit in 2015.
- From 2013–14 she was FPA's first team intern. She went on to chair the FPA Youth Advisory Committee from 2014–15 and represented the UK at the International Planned Parenthood Federation YSAFE annual meeting in Brussels in 2015.
- Verity's academic research to date has focused on the emergency contraceptive pill and she continues to focus on this for her PhD thesis.
- Her main interests lie in advocacy work for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the UK and her research aim is to improve accessibility to contraceptive methods for women in the UK.
- She is the Kent Union Buddy Scheme Supervisor where she manages up to 300 student volunteers, who mentor and help integrate new students into university life at Kent.
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.