Our Leadership

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Most Revd Justin Welby

The Most Reverend Justin Welby worked in the oil industry for 11 years, becoming group treasurer of a large British exploration and production company at which he focused on West African and North Sea projects. In 1992, he was ordained in the Church of England and spent 15 years serving in Coventry Diocese. Between 2000 and 2002 he also chaired an NHS hospital trust in South Warwickshire. In 2002, he was made a Canon of Coventry Cathedral, where he ran reconciliation work. He was installed as Dean of Liverpool in December 2007 before being appointed as Bishop of Durham in 2011. On 9 November 2012, he was announced to be the 105th Archbishop of the See of Canterbury. Having worked in business before his ordination, some of his publications explore the relationship between finance and religion and as a member of the House of Lords he sits on the panel of the 2012 Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.



Douglas Flint

Douglas Flint started his career in Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG) and was appointed a partner of the firm in 1988. He has an in-depth knowledge of banking, treasury and securities trading operations, and the financial reporting of multinationals. He became Group Finance Director of HSBC in 1995. He was the Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council's review of the Turnbull Guidance on Internal Control from 2004 to 2005 and was a member of The Accounting Standards Board and the Standards Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Committee Foundation from 2001 to 2004. In June 2006, in recognition to his services to the finance industry, he was appointed a CBE. Douglas was chairman of HSBC Holdings PLC, Europe's biggest bank, from 2010 to September 2017.



Sarah Wallace

Sarah has been working in the charity sector for 15 years, most recently as the Operations Director for The Honeypot Children’s Charity, an organisation that provides respite breaks and outreach support to young carers. Prior to this, she was the Head of Specialist Services at The Royal British Legion, leading a broad portfolio of national services for the armed forces community including Benefits, Money and Debt Advice services, Independent Living Advice, a Handy Van service for older veterans and the Moneyforce website aimed at promoting financial capability to younger service personnel. Previous roles included managing domiciliary respite care services for children and adults and running projects helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages return to work.

 Sarah lives in London with her partner and 3 cats and provides supported lodgings through The Albert Kennedy Trust for young people aged 16-21 who are at risk of homelessness.

Our Board

Sir Douglas Flint (Chair)

Rt Revd Richard Atkinson
Sir Hector Sants
Rev Canon Paul Hackwood
Sheila Nicoll OBE
Heather Black
Dr Paul Jones

The Just Finance Foundation Board, chaired by Sir Douglas Flint, is responsible for the governance, strategy and oversight of the organisation. It includes representation from a variety of sectors including financial services, money advice, academia, community development, innovation, and the Church of England.

The executive team is responsible for managing the core work of the organisation and works closely with the board on developing strategy.

Two sub-groups offer expertise and experience to both the board and the executive team:

  • The Lifesavers Advisory Group includes educationalists, financial education professionals and community finance experts supporting the technical, policy, capability and commercial aspects of the LifeSavers programme.

  • The Just Finance Communities Steering Group is made up of local practitioners and representatives of Together Network joint venture boards from the areas where there are Just Finance Communities workers. This group provides consultation to inform activities and serve as a forum for developing and testing priorities and ideas.

The Just Finance Foundation is a charitable company limited by guarantee and a subsidiary of the Church Urban Fund.