As a charity we have a Board of Trustees who are responsible for providing leadership and developing a clear long term strategy for the organisation.

The day to day running and decision making is delegated to Chief Executive, Andy Elvin, and the Senior Management Team, with the board of trustees playing an important role overseeing the systems of financial control, promoting high ethical standards and monitoring regulatory compliance.


TACT Board of Trustees

Matthew Doyle - Chair

Matthew became Chair of the Board of Trustees in November 2018, having joined the TACT board in 2016.  As the father of four young children, he joined the TACT board as he is interested in ensuring that all children get the best start in life.

After a career in professional and financial services, he currently holds a number of non-executive director appointments and consults on responsible investment, stewardship and governance to institutional investors.

Matthew holds an MBA from HEC Paris. In his spare time, he climbs mountains, flies gliders and has a healthy interest in food & wine.

Philip Woodman - Vice Chair

Philip is a Tax Consultant and a Partner in an Accountants Firm in Sidcup, Kent. He is involved with several charities including Young Enterprise South London.

Leanne Ellis

Leanne is a former foster child hoping to give back to the system. She has many qualifications and experience ranging from law to beauty. She is also a professional artist, author and demonstrator, and a Director of a beauty training school.

Leon Farrar

Leon is an IT Consultant with a global consulting firm. He’s married with two children, and comes from a family who fostered for many years.

Lisa Waterman

Lisa currently works for BP, having previously managed communications in several international corporations, including the role of Vice President of Corporate Campaigns for Barclays group. Lisa also serves on other boards of trustees including a secondary school and a children, youth and community organisation.

Martine Bond

Martine Bond is an executive vice president responsible for GlobalLink within State Street Global Markets. GlobalLink provides clients with market-leading electronic trading platforms and portals across the foreign exchange (FX) and money market mutual fund-asset classes.

Ms. Bond joined State Street to oversee the operation and expansion of core platforms and portals including Currenex®, FX Connect®, FundConnect®, SwapEx® and the Trade Services business.

Prior to joining State Street, she worked at Morgan Stanley, where she ran the FX Prime Brokerage and Clearing businesses, and the FX Gateway multi-manager investment portal. Ms. Bond was the global COO for the Foreign Exchange and Emerging Markets business, where she was responsible for developing and implementing key strategic business growth opportunities for the business. From 2004 to 2009, Ms. Bond led the FX Prime Brokerage business for JPMorgan where she was responsible for developing and executing core product strategies for alternative clients. Between 2000 and 2004, she managed the European Equities Client Management team.

Ms. Bond studied business management at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

Mary Griffith Jones

Mary has had many years of involvement with TACT.

She started her career as a social worker in Southwark in 1972, moving to Wandsworth in 1979 where she began to specialise in adoption and fostering work. She worked as a manager in Wandsworth before joining TACT in 2002, first as a regional manager and then Director of Country before retiring in 2015.

Mary has maintained a strong interest in adoption and fostering throughout her career and a strong belief that for most children and young people family life is a positive and healing experience. All children deserve the chance to live in a loving and caring family.

As well as her work interest, Mary has two adopted daughters, both now in their 40’s so has experienced first hand the highs and lows of adoption. She also has 4 grandchildren including an adopted grandson, now aged 6. It has been interesting to see how the issues about adoption continue to arise in the lives of the grandchildren as they grow up.

Michael Thomas

Mike has spent over thirty years working in local authority children’s services, the majority of which has been at a senior management level. He has considerable experience working across multiple agencies, both statutory and voluntary, at local and national level particularly within the youth justice sector.

He was a member of the National Criminal Justice Council from 2005 – 2013 and a former Director of the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers, which he chaired from 2007 – 2010. In 2008 he was appointed to the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. From 2000 he was the inaugural Chair of the National Association for Youth Justice. He has been a member of many advisory groups including the Justice Commission into indeterminate sentences for juveniles (Children and Homicide 1996), HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Thematic Review of Young Prisoners (1997), the Home Office review of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Breaking the Cycle 2001), a Review of Child Protection and Safeguarding within the Prison Service (2003). In 2009 he was a member of a DCSF/MoJ working group looking at the provision, and funding, of education across the juvenile secure estate. In 2003 he was invited to join the advisory board of the ESRC funded network ‘Pathways into and Out of Crime’, a partnership across five universities. In 2008 he was appointed to the Ministerial Expert Group on Children’s Workforce Development while in the same year he gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee inquiry into justice re-investment.

Mike visited Germany in 1994 at the invitation of the Goethe Institute to consider the criminal justice system following re-unification. In 1999 he was appointed as an advisor to the South African Law Commission during the passage of South Africa’s first Child Justice Bill. In 2000 he visited China as a member of a delegation to advising on child protection and child justice issues. He returned to China in 2002 to advise on community protection and post imprisonment protection.

Mike holds an MA in Criminology and Social Policy and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Systemic Management. He has been a regular contributor to a number of professional journals and is a formal member of the editorial board for the international journal Youth Justice.

Mike’s interest in adoption and fostering services has mainly has resulted from his own recent experience of adopting two young children.

Matthew Horton

Matthew joined the Board of Trustees in January 2019, having previously spent his professional life working in the fields of child protection and fostering and adoption for local authorities, the IFA sector and the voluntary sector. His last full time job was running Barnardos fostering and adoption service.

Matthew is passionate about offering children in care the best possible service and giving foster carers and adopters the best tools to do this challenging job.

Matthew lives in the north east of England, very near Hadrian’s Wall, and is married with three grown-up children. In his spare time he travels a good deal and enjoys walking the Cumbrian fells.


The board possesses a diverse set of skills and experiences and in addition to legal, financial, social work and education professionals, includes adoptive and foster parents and a trustee who was previously a looked after child and grew up in TACT’s care.

The composition of the Board is regularly reviewed, with one-third of its members re-elected annually to ensure that it remains relevant to the successful governance of the organisation.

New Trustees are generally recruited through specific press advertisements or through personal recommendation. However, to ensure transparency an ad-hoc ‘Nominations Committee’ will meet to organise and conduct the selection process, based on a range of criteria including skills, experience and commitment to the sector.

TACT’s Board subscribes to the NCVO code of conduct.