Fun FactMichelle can’t get enough green tea. She has an extensive stash under her desk – she orders in bulk to make sure she has a constant supply!
Michelle was a welcome addition in November 2011 as our Chief Executive. She leads all aspects of the charity, as well as representing us in the public sphere.
She is well versed in the financial services industry, having spent 13 years at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in a variety of management roles. Her particular area of expertise is financial capability which she developed while she held a leading role in implementing the national strategy for financial capability at the FSA.
Additionally, she was instrumental in setting up the Consumer Financial Education Body (now Money Advice Service) where she was Manager of the Chief Executive and Chair’s Office.
Michelle’s extensive interest and passion for financial capability fuels her aspiration to increase and diversify The Money Charity’s offering, with the overarching goal to empower people in the UK to stay on top of their money.
Head of Young People Programmes
Head of Young People Programmessteph@themoneycharity.org.uk
Fun FactSteph once ate a deep fried tarantula on a trip to Cambodia (despite the fact that she has been vegetarian all her life)… it didn’t taste of much!
Steph once ate a deep fried tarantula on a trip to Cambodia (despite the fact that she has been vegetarian all her life)… it didn’t taste of much!
Head of Adult & Industry Programmes
Head of Adult & Industry Programmeserik@themoneycharity.org.uk
Fun FactErik enjoys running half marathons and participating in Parkrun as well as travelling with his partner and trying out the latest additions to the London restaurant scene.
Erik joined us in September 2017 and looks after our adult and industry programmes.
Erik has experience working within operations, governance, and debt collections in global retail banks. Starting as a debt collector in the US, Erik has lived in Germany, UAE, Russia, and now the UK. He has had the opportunity to work in over 40 countries during his career. Erik has also worked with charities including Citizen’s Advice and Southwark Foodbank.
Erik enjoys helping organisations understand how financial capability can improve their products and services while also supporting the wellbeing of their employees.
Fun FactJasbinder is a Bollywood star! Sort of... She made a cameo appearance in the 1995 Indian Cinema Movie of the Year 'Dilwale Dulhunia Le Jayenge!'
Jasbinder has a passion for social equality and inclusion. Drawing on over 20 years work experience in health, education and community development initiatives, in the public, social care and charity sectors.
She’s valued for her ability to engage positively with a wide cross section of groups, including Black and Minority Ethnic Communities, disadvantaged young people and those who are socially excluded because of ill health or disability.
For the last 10 years Jasbinder has been working as a freelance trainer as an associate with The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, The National Children’s Bureau, and MyBNK, allowing her the flexibility needed by a busy single mum of 3!
Now a Training Officer motivated by the belief that sound money managing skills are key to an individual’s wellbeing and sense of empowerment, Jasbinder ensures that The Money Charity’s adult money education workshops reach as wide as possible an audience.
Fun FactWhile working in China, a little girl who was new to the centre cried hysterically because she found Shirin’s hair too much to cope with.
Shirin is a graduate in International Business from Nottingham Trent University.
During her final year of university she was a student ambassador. This involved going into schools in Nottingham and delivering workshops about university, employability skills, and money management. She really enjoyed working in education, and especially the aspect of working with pupil premium students and delivering sessions to help them realise the opportunities and different paths they can take in life.
After graduating from university Shirin taught English to children in China for a year, then went travelling around Southeast Asia for two months. These different experiences have really made Shirin interested and enjoy working with children and young people. She has always wanted to work in the charity sector and is really happy to have this opportunity.
Policy and Communications Officer
Policy and Communications Officerluke@themoneycharity.org.uk
Fun FactLuke is addicted to the Great British Bake Off, to the point that he runs a fantasy Bake Off league for him and his friends, in which he finished 2nd this year, pipped to the post by his partner... they haven't spoken since.
Luke joined the Money Charity in October 2017 having previously volunteered for a number of charities and working as a receptionist for the NHS in Bristol, and as a student researcher for Leeds City Council.
Here at The Money Charity he leads our work on policy and communicates what we do, as well as producing our own original research pieces.
Having graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in International Development, he is fascinated with how developing countries came to be in their current condition, as well as the inspiring projects which tackle impoverishment and inequality in said countries.
As someone who has always wanted to work in the charity sector, Luke is excited to work on consultations and The Money Statistics with the Money Charity.
Head of Income Generation
Head of Income GenerationZena@themoneycharity.org.uk
Fun FactZena is a very committed, though very slow, runner. She has run 5 kilometers around Richmond Park on more than 170 Saturday mornings. In 2012, 200 meters into a Saturday Parkrun, she tripped, fell flat on her face and broke her nose. No, she didn’t finish that one!
Zena’s task is to keep The Money Charity growing through raising funds from companies, charitable trusts and individuals who want to support our work.
Before joining us in January 2017 Zena was Head of Fundraising at the UK poverty charity Turn2us. She has been working in fundraising for many years, for a wide range of small and medium sized charities including the children’s charity Chance UK, a number of health, carers’ and women’s charities and even the Royal School of Needlework, where she was based inside Hampton Court Palace! Zena has a degree in Economics and a background in marketing.
Head of Finance & Operations
Head of Finance & Operationspam@themoneycharity.org.uk
Fun FactDespite her office demeanor, Pam loves nothing more than being covered in mud from walking and cycling along the Thames Path or in the mountains.
Pam joined us in June 2016 and looks after all our finances and administration. She is also Company Secretary of The Money Charity.
Pam has a wealth of experience in finance and accounting, as well as setting up and managing smaller organisations. After starting her career in the UK in investment banking, she moved to Australia and ended up staying there many years. Her career there included both banking and then being a self-employed financial adviser to smaller businesses. She has also worked with charities in Australia and UK, including as a volunteer. Pam enjoys supporting our team in all aspects of delivering The Money Charity’s important goals, with a smooth-running organisation behind them.
Pam believes everyone should have the opportunity to be confident about managing their own money. In today’s increasingly complex financial world, our work is vitally important.