Meet the team

Our Trustees oversee strategy and governance, and our daily operations are led by our Head of Foundation, supported by the Foundation Coordinator.

John Tonkiss
Chair of Trustees

John Tonkiss is Chair of the Board of Trustees and became Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Stone in September 2018, having previously been the Group’s Chief Operating Officer. He joined McCarthy Stone in February 2014 and is Chair of the Sustainability Committee.

Paula Jordan

Paula is an independent HR consultant and Executive Coach with extensive experience in the construction, financial services and telecoms sectors. Paula is experienced in delivering improved business performance, organisational effectiveness, culture change and high levels of employee engagement.

Paul Teverson

Paul Teverson is Director of Communications at McCarthy Stone, where he manages corporate, financial, public affairs and internal communications. Paul led the McCarthy Stone charitable partnerships with RVS and Coram Beanstalk and is part of the company's Sustainability committee.

Martin Edwards

Martin Edwards has over 25 years’ experience of charity management and voluntary roles, ranging from overseas aid to supporting UK families in crisis. He has been CEO of Julia's House Hospice Charity since 2005 and provides a high level of third sector and CQC governance experience to the board.

Sarah Allport

Sarah Allport has extensive experience of grant funding, monitoring and impact measurement. As Head of Communities and Governance at The Dunhill Medical Trust she is responsible for the Trust’s portfolio of awards to community organisations working with those in later life as well as a charity governance role

Elizabeth Marsh

Liz Marsh is an experienced charity trustee and is currently a non-executive director of Elizabeth Finn Homes in the older persons’ care sector. She also sits on the capital grant giving committee of a leading youth charity. Liz is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has more than 30 years’ experience in the commercial property sector.

Dr Kimberley Smith

Kim is a senior lecturer working at the University of Surrey who is interested in research that supports older adults to age well. she has published 46 academic papers and is a principal or co-investigator on several projects that are supporting diverse populations of older adults to age well.

Katie Fisher

Katie is a Managing Director at McCarthy Stone, and previously CEO at St Andrew's Healthcare, and at the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. A nurse by profession, Katie has exceptional organisational experience and has worked on large capital projects, including Chase Farm Hospital, a c.£210 million publicly-funded project in Enfield, London.

Graeme Marsh
Head of Foundation

Graeme leads the daily operations of the Foundation and has worked across the UK and Africa in community engagement, fundraising, and charity operations. He is a Certified member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and is currently studying for an MSc in Philanthropy, Grant Making and Social Investment at Bayes Business School.

Julia Laister
Foundation Coordinator

Julia supports the foundation across a wide range of activities, having previously worked as a marketing manager in a large corporate. An active charity fundraiser and volunteer, Jules leads on several of the foundations key fundraising events and small grant programmes.