The Foundation currently has a team of nine dedicated staff on hand. (To contact the Foundation, please use:

The Foundation’s Staff


Richard new photoRichard Foley – Clerk and Chief Executive

Richard is the Clerk and Chief Executive of the Foundation, and since 2008, Chief Executive of the Aldgate & Allhallows Foundation. Richard has a Master’s degree in Management from the Cass Business School in 2008; he is Vice Chairman of the Box Clever Theatre Company; a Board Member of the Tower Hamlets EBP; Governor of a primary school; a member of the London College of Fashion’s Made for Change (Social Enterprise) Advisory Board; adviser to the Schools Funding Network and sat on the 2013 Philanthropy Exhibition and Publication Steering Committee, involving the Charterhouse and Museum of London. Richard received the Freedom of the City Of London in 2002 and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators.

AnneDAnceAnne Dance – PA to Clerk/Chief Executive and Treasurer/Chairman

Anne joined the Foundation at the end of February 2016.  Anne has worked as a PA/Secretary for many years in the insurance industry and in pensions administration. She has a NVQ Level 3 Legal Secretaries Diploma and has recently obtained Certificates in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Publisher. Anne has liaised with pension scheme trustees with regard to preparing agendas, minutes and various meeting papers for trustee meetings. Anne’s hobbies include travelling, socialising, playing an acoustic guitar and reading.

paul_james_020715Paul James – Head of Administration and Support

Paul joined the Foundation in June 2015, as Head of Administration and Support, having previously enjoyed a successful career in International Banking Operations. Paul brought with him financial and organisational skills and experience, acquired over a number of years working in many different countries and cultural environments. Paul has been a trustee of the Aldgate & Allhallows Foundation, an associate charity of Cass, since 2008, during which time he became increasingly aware of Cass’s values and strategic ambitions. Paul and his family have a longstanding involvement in education, his wife having been a head teacher, and his daughter is currently serving as a governor at a local Church of England School.

Photo Emma HaleEmma Hale – Grants Manager

Emma joined the Foundation in May 2017. She has spent ten years in the not-for-profit sector with a focus on grant making and project-cycle management. Emma has contributed to the development and implementation of end-to-end grantmaking processes for both UK and international funding bodies managing a range of programmes in support of social welfare, medical research, sports safety, environmental sustainability, community development and healthcare.In 2013, she achieved a Postgraduate Certificate in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment from the Cass Business School, Centre for Charity Effectiveness.

Emma is currently undertaking the Ten Years’ Time Philanthropy Leadership Programme, a Social Investment Consultancy initiative, looking at how grant givers can explore the best ways in which philanthropy can be used to advance social change.

Photo Nicole HornbyNicole Hornby – Grants Officer

Nicole joined the Foundation as  a Grants Officer in June 2017. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 2011 and has experience in grant making, event support, maintaining databases as well as taking on a number of administrative responsibilities. Nicole has studied Business Studies and hopes to develop her career in grant making and event planning. Nicole’s hobbies include keeping fit, she is currently training for a ten mile run for charity, reading, skiing and travelling.


jane_miller1Jane Miller – Grants & Events Assistant

Jane Miller is one of the longest serving members of staff at Sir John Cass’s Foundation. Jane is the Grants and Events Assistant and also supports and helps out with organising events which we have each year, such as Founder’s Day and the Sir John Cass’s Foundation Lecture. Jane also assists in the processing and the administration of the Foundation’s grants. In 2013 she achieved NVQ Level 4 in Business and Administration.


fedinia_olonade_staffFedinia OlonadeFinance Officer

Fedinia is the Finance Officer and has worked at the Foundation since 2004. She is currently studying towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification after which she intends to qualify as a chartered accountant. Fedinia is a mother to 3 sons, and in her spare time she enjoys reading, taking part in quizzes and listening to music.



John Mead

John Mead – Temporary Building Manager

John joined the Foundation in March 2015 as Temporary Building Manager. He holds numerous Institution of Occupational Safety and Health certificates in safety and building management; NVQs in customer care, property maintenance and cleaning. He has a long association with the Foundation as he managed the Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School site for fourteen years. He also assisted with the yearly Founder’s Day, held in the school and other prestigious Foundation events through his association with the Portsoken Volunteers (militia). John is the Assistant District Commissioner for Westminster Scouts; Assistant Group Scout leader for the 1st City of London Scout Group and District Advisor on safeguarding for four London boroughs. He is also on the council of the London Children’s Flower Society and Treasurer for a local community gardening group in the City of London. His hobbies include: beekeeping, military re-enactment, reading, gardening, as well as being a certified Horticulturist & Arboriculturist.

Photo Shahanara Sultana BegumShahanara Sultana Begum – Property and Legal Intern

Shahanara joined the Foundation as a Property and Legal Intern in June 2017. She is a recent Law graduate from the City Law School in City University London. Shahanara is delighted to call herself an old Cassian, having attended Sir John Cass Foundation Sixth form College.

She has a strong interest in Property and Employment law and intends to pursue a career within such fields. Previously, Shahanara had experience working as an Administrative Assistant in a not-for-profit organisation which aimed to assist disadvantaged students. Her duties consisted of assisting and supporting in organising events. Shahanara is an active member of a debating society at her University in which she enjoys participating in debates regarding current affairs. Her hobbies include going to the gym and reading.