The Management Team

Martin GallagherMartin Gallagher

Martin Gallagher joins the Clare Foundation as Chief Executive Officer, having recently led the COMPASS Association for more than 3 1/2 years as their founding CEO. He has several years experience in the commercial, NFP/Trade and extensive experience in the National Governing Body Sport Sectors. He was highly successful in developing strategic and operational alliances and relations and brings a broad working knowledge and application of engagement across multi agency departments and government agencies to procure support, acknowledgement and funding. He has significant oversea work experience with former roles in the Commercial Sector, International High Performance, Performance Development and Community Development (Rugby Union) all of which have given him significant management experience and a comprehensive knowledge of delivering funding programmes to specific KPIs, operational management, event, stakeholder engagement and influence, building political advocacy particularly within the public sector and government entities.

He is a keen sportsman (mountain biker), very passionate about live music (professed rocker), movie and wine buff (but no expert) and consummate world traveller. Born in Northern Ireland he has lived and worked in Swaziland, South Africa, Canada the USA and England.

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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. Joining the Foundation in April 2014 Mary looks forward to 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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