The Team

We're a collective of brilliant people from across the sector and beyond!
Get to know the core team.

Rory Murray

Rory is a policy geek. He’s most happy when buried in undecipherable research, picking apart people’s arguments and always asking ‘but why?’ (if you fancy a debate with Rory, his email is He has served as the President and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Kent Student’s Union and is now working in Policy and Campaigning at the Royal College of Physicians.

Rory always has a very strong opinion, about everything. It’s really annoying. But he also really cares about making a difference in the world, and the value of the charity sector within this. Part of his irritatingly impressive knowledge and calibre is down to having been a young trustee, at 17 years old, of a charity campaigning for children’s rights. Since then he’s been dedicated to strategic-level leadership and development and there’s no sign of him slowing down!

Ruth Wilkinson

Ruth is most at home with a fundraising bucket (but she prefers a direct debit mandate emailed to Ruth currently works in Corporate Partnerships for the brilliant Children’s Trust, inspiring support across the UK and cultivating relationships with supporters and volunteers.

Ruth was previously the President and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Kent Students’ Union (for which she was awarded highly commended for Third Sector’s Charity Chair of the Year 2018!), as well as chairing NUS’s advisory group on student opportunities. Ruth is a strong believer in the power of volunteers and her first trustee position was for Canterbury and Herne Bay Volunteer Centre when she was still just a teenager.

Ruth is in her element with a glass of wine, some nibbles, and a room full of people to talk to.

James Burns

James is a newly established freelancer with his own business James Burns Creative specialising in digital design and communications. He is the semi-genius behind this beautiful website, so if you don’t like it, you can’t take it up with him by emailing  

James is known for being sarcastic, particularly about the usefulness of his music technology degree, which he actually secretly really enjoyed. James was quite a vocal student and spent lots of his time campaigning to improve the student experience (including fighting to save the aforementioned music technology degree). He spent half his time in very serious board meetings and half his time making parody videos, but he made a difference and continues to advocate for young people.