Who We Are

Global Greengrants Fund UK (charity number 1151527) believes solutions to environmental harm and social injustice come from people whose lives are most impacted. Every day, our global network of people on the frontlines and donors comes together to support communities to protect their ways of life and our planet. Because when local people have a say in the health of their food, water, and resources, they are forces for change.

Global Greengrants Fund UK is the European sister organisation of Global Greengrants Fund. In existence since 2015, Global Greengrants Fund UK provides those in the United Kingdom and Europe with the opportunity to invest in local change, spearheaded by the same expert advisors that are a hallmark of Global Greengrants.

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Please make your cheque payable to Global Greengrants Fund UK and post it, and a signed Gift Aid Declaration form if eligible, to the address below. For every £1 donation, the UK government will contribute 25p. So taking just a few more seconds to fill out and post the Gift Aid declaration form will increase the value of your gift by 25 percent!

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Global Greengrants Fund UK

Global Greengrants Fund UK, Central Working, 6-8 Bonhill St, London EC2A 4BX
Charity number 1151527

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Stephen Pittam


Stephen was the Trust Secretary of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (a progressive UK based endowed foundation) from 2001-2012. He joined JRCT in 1986 and during his progression to the senior position was responsible for the foundation’s programmes on racial justice, democracy, human rights and corporate accountability in the UK, and on peacebuilding in Ireland. Stephen is a member of the working group on Philanthropy for Social Justice & Peace and he serves on the board of the Global Fund for Community Foundations. In the UK he is a Trustee of the British Institute of Human Rights and the Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation, and he sits on the steering committee of the Environmental Funders Network. Locally, Stephen chairs the York Travellers’ Trust (working with Gypsies & Travellers) and the York Human Rights City Network and he is on the advisory committee of the Centre for Applied Human Rights at York University.

Shannon Lawder

Shannon is Programme Director of the Civil Society programme at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. She oversees Mott’s Civil Society programme, with an annual budget of more than $18 million, and offices in the United States, London, and Johannesburg. Since joining the foundation in 1995, Shannon has served as a programme officer, focusing on Russia and Ukraine, and as the Regional Director for the foundation’s work in CEE/Russia. Prior to joining the Mott Foundation, Shannon was International Programme Director at the Olga Havel Foundation in Prague, Czech Republic, where she coordinated international assistance programmes to help people with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Anke Pätsch

Anke Pätsch is the Director of International Relations and a member of the Management Board at the Association of German Foundations. She oversees the international programmes and cooperation of the Association. Anke joint the Association in 2004 as spokeswoman and head of communications responsible for media relations and publications. She is in charge of numerous affiliate groups of foundations, e.g. women, international activities, alumni management, communication and the Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe, a network of 26 donors and foundations networks from across Europe. In prior positions she worked for publishing houses and internet agencies in Czech Republic and Germany, and as a Robert Bosch Foundation scholar she taught at two Slovakian universities.

Catherine Porter

Catherine is a consultant who works primarily with philanthropic foundations, tapping over 25 years of experience in funder and nonprofit collaboration. She was the founding Executive Director of the West Marin Fund, a new community foundation in California. She’s worked with the California Academy of Sciences, Carpe Diem West’s western water collaborations, and the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity’s Water Funders Exploring Collaboration. A graduate in Cross-Cultural Relations from Michigan State University, Catherine was Executive Director of the U.S. Citizens Network for the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. Every year, Catherine travels to India, where for the past 25 years, she’s been Executive Director of Friends of the Ganges/U.S., supporting efforts to clean the Ganges River in Varanasi, the holy city for Hindus. She is a hospice volunteer and currently engaged in philanthropic efforts around end-of-life design.

Carolyn Hayman OBE

Carolyn has focused throughout her career on innovation, start-ups and nurturing talent of entrepreneurs. At 26 she left the Ministry of Overseas Development to become the youngest member of the Cabinet Office Think Tank. She then took her knowledge of the emerging field of office automation into consultancy and venture capital as co-founder of the Korda Seed Capital Fund, and Chair of two investee companies. In 1996 she served as CEO of the Foyer Federation, growing its network of projects for homeless young people from 40 to 130 over eight years, and then in 2004 as co-founder and CEO of Peace Direct, where she supported locally led peacebuilding, finding funding and promoting local initiatives in conflict areas. She is now Chair of Preventable Surprises, an organisation working to persuade institutional investors to take action on climate change. She is also a Director of the Network for Social Change, a Trustee of the Margaret Hayman Charitable Trust and an active Quaker.

Terry Odendahl, Ph.D

Ex Officio Board Member

Terry has worked for more than 40 years to bridge the gap between our natural and human worlds. Prior to joining Global Greengrants in 2009, she helmed the National Network of Grantmakers for over a decade, and later the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers. Terry also worked to protect public lands in the western United States as a program officer at the Wyss Foundation. An anthropologist by training, she has held faculty positions at Georgetown University, the University of California - San Diego, and Yale University. Terry’s background in anthropology and philanthropy complements her expertise in gender studies. She is the co-author of four books about philanthropy and is the co-founder of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC, and the Institute for Collaborative Change in New Mexico.


Eva Rehse

Executive Director of Global Greengrants Fund UK

With a background in human rights, civil society development and social action, Eva brings over a decade of experience in project management and resource mobilisation. Previously, Eva worked for Amnesty International as an International Projects Advisor, and for CIVICUS. Eva also worked with the Scottish Biodiversity Forum where she was part of creating Scotland’s first biodiversity strategy. Eva has a M.A. from Bonn University in Political Science and Sociology. She is a member of the European Steering Group of the EDGE Funders Alliance and the Alliance Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, and an alumni of the Oak Foundation and Resource Alliance’s Future Leaders Programme.

Henriette Krarup

Partnership Manager

Henriette Krarup is the Partnership Manager at Global Greengrants Fund UK. Prior to joining Global Greengrants, she worked with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Henriette completed her graduate studies at Goldsmiths College, London and is currently pursuing an MSc in International Development.

Mathew van Lierop

Finance Director and Company Secretary

Mathew spent the first 30 years of his life in South Africa. Now based in London, Mathew has spent his working career in finance and operational roles and has a keen interest in engaging with grassroots organisations in a constructive and sustainable way. He holds a Msc. in Conservation Biology and an M.A. in Applied Ethics.

Samantha Shuchismita

Fundraising and Administrative Assistant

Samantha is a graduate of the University of Sussex’s M.A. programme in Environment, Development and Policy. She has worked in disaster affected areas of Bangladesh with ActionAid Bangladesh, including as Partnership Development Officer. She has been a researcher at the University of Sussex, the James P. Grant School of Public Health (BRAC University), Transparency International Bangladesh and the International Organization for Migration. Samantha also has a background in International Relations, with a B.S.S and an M.S.S in this field.


Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson served as the first woman President of Ireland (1990-97), and as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-02). Mary is the President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a member of The Elders and the Club of Madrid. She previously served as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa (2013-14), as Special Envoy for Climate Change (2014-15), and as Special Envoy for El Nino and Climate Change in 2016. Mary is known for her passionate work on gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building and human dignity, and as an outspoken advocate for the need to tackle climate change.

Kumi Naidoo

Kumi became involved in South Africa's liberation struggle at the age of 15. Police harassment by the apartheid government eventually forced him to go underground, but he returned to South Africa after Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. Formerly the CEO of Johannesburg-based CIVICUS and International Executive Director of Greenpeace, Kumi continues to speak truth to power across the range of social, economic, and environmental justice campaigns. He is the founding chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, has served on the boards of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the Partnership for Transparency Fund, the Global Reporting Initiative, and Earthrights International. Beginning August 2018, Kumi will be Secretary General of Amnesty International.

Akash Mehta

Akash Mehta is a British social media influencer, singer-songwriter and businessman. Akash is currently working at Christian Dior in Paris in charge of Earned Media globally. Previously, he worked as a social and digital media manager at Estée Lauder Companies UKI & EMEA after graduating from Imperial College London in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Alongside his work, he has managed to build a strong social media presence with over 300,000 followers on his Instagram ‘@mehta_a’ concentrating on travel, fashion and lifestyle content. Akash is now focusing on using his social voice for good, regularly sharing his charitable work as a Global Guardian for UNICEF, a Global ambassador for PETA, a member of the board of philanthropy for Dogs Trust and now as a Patron for Global Greengrants Fund UK.

Fay Milton

Fay Milton is a drummer and film maker from South East London. With her band, Savages, she has recorded two Mercury Prize nominated albums, ‘Silence Yourself’ and ‘Adore Life’ and has toured extensively in Europe, America, Japan and Australia. As a filmmaker, Fay has made documentary and live music films with many artists and currently produces an interview series on climate change called Very Important Things.