The Management Team

Martin GallagherMartin Gallagher

Martin Gallagher joined the Clare Foundation as Chief Executive Officer in 2015 (February), having led the COMPASS Association as their founding CEO. He has worked in the commercial, NFP/trade and national governing body sport sectors. He is highly successful in developing good governance, strategy and operational alliances and brings to his role a broad working knowledge and application of positive engagement across stakeholder, commercial and charitable entities.

Martin has significant leadership experience with former roles in the commercial sector and professional sport (rugby union) all of which have given him knowledge and expertise of writing strategy and delivering against KPIs, operational management and stakeholder engagement. He has become adept at building advocacy and support for the third sector.

He is a keen tennis and rugby player and still plays competitively. He is very passionate about live music (professed rocker), a movie and wine buff (but no expert) and a consummate world traveller. Born in Ulster, Ireland he has lived and worked in Swaziland, South Africa, Canada, the USA and England and continues to play rugby in Siena, Italy.

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Mary WhimsterMary Whimster
Finance Manager

Mary grew up in the Midlands and moved to London where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Having gained her qualification, Mary moved in to the commercial sector and worked in retail and telecoms marketing for various companies including Avon Cosmetics, Virgin Records and Optimal Monitoring developing her finance knowledge and business expertise. Mary moved into the charity sector in 2012 and gained her experience at Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance as Head of Finance and continues to support the charity as a volunteer. She joined the Foundation in April 2014 and enjoys working with another local charity and helping this innovative organisation to provide a valuable service to the community. Having lived in the High Wycombe area for over 20 years she enjoys walking in the Chilterns and taking part in other local activities with her family.

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