The Money Charity has a small but dedicated and passionate team. Find out more below and if you’d like to join us, have a look at our latest vacancies.
Fun FactMichelle can’t get enough green tea. She has an extensive stash under her desk and orders in bulk to make sure of 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 a vegetarian all her life)…it didn’t taste of much!
Steph leads our work with young people, including our workshops in schools and our Student Money Manual.
Steph has previously worked at The Money Charity as an Education Officer. She left to live in New Zealand for 18 months, where she worked at The Commission for Financial Capability as a Programme Manager. In this role she set up a network of 80 freelance facilitators, and a Quality Assurance Framework, and ran workplace and community financial education ‘behaviour change’ programmes across the country.
Steph loves working in Education and has previously worked in several schools and helped deliver residential programmes to teenagers aimed at aiding social cohesion. Whilst at The University of Birmingham, she was heavily involved in volunteering and managed the education and training of other student volunteers.
Having delivered talks in schools as an external speaker herself whilst volunteering, Steph is passionate about the huge benefits of using experts to inform young people, and finds the prospect of improving the quality of young peoples’ lives through financial education exciting.
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 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, especially 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 south-east Asia for two months. These different experiences have really made Shirin interested in working with children and young people. She has always wanted to work in the charity sector and is really happy to have this opportunity.