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Directors left to right: Sarah Woods, Graham Hooper, Elizabeth Dymond, Flavia Gapper

Our Chief Executive, Graham Hooper, leads the Executive Management Team towards achieving the Charity’s vision and purpose. The other members of the Charity’s Executive Management Team are: Elizabeth Dymond - Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Flavia Gapper - Director of Help and Advice and Sarah Woods – Director of Marketing and Audience Engagement. Read more about the Charity’s Directors below.

Graham Hooper

Graham became Chief Executive of The Charity for Civil Servants in 2015.

Following an early venture into sports marketing, he’d previously enjoyed a 23-year career in the Civil Service before running a consultancy and working for a wide range of public and private sector clients, and tackling the broadest spectrum of behavioural challenges and strategic business issues.

As a senior civil servant Graham was Head of Marketing for the Home Office, then Head of Corporate Communications for the Cabinet Office and finally Joint Chief Executive of the Central Office of Information (COI) where he was responsible for over 400 staff. 

Elizabeth Dymond

Elizabeth joined the Charity as Director of Finance and Corporate Services in 2016. 

Elizabeth is a qualified chartered accountant. She started her career in the private sector working as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand and later was Group Management Accountant at 3i plc, then a FTSE 100 company. In the public sector, she worked at the Office of Fair Trading, was Chief Financial and Accounting Adviser at the Competition Commission and finally spent seven years as a senior civil servant at H M Treasury. She has a Postgraduate diploma at Cass Business School in Charity Accounting and Financial Management. 

She is also a trustee of the national charity, Victim Support.

Flavia Gapper

Flavia Gapper is Director of Help and Advice at the Charity, having joined the Charity as Help and Advice Operations Manager in 2012.

Flavia’s background includes heading up information and advice teams in charities, working in tourism and regeneration in Richmond and Hammersmith and Fulham, managing contracts, helplines, partnerships, teams and projects.

At Roehampton University, Flavia was Centre and Partnerships Manager for a Centre of Teaching and Learning Excellence in Human Rights.

Sarah Woods

Sarah joined the Charity as our Director of Marketing and Audience Engagement in September 2016.

Sarah’s career began at an independent television production company where she produced documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. After working on press and publicity at the BBC show EastEnders, Sarah moved into the charity sector with Comic Relief. Sarah initially led its media team before becoming Deputy Director of Marketing implementing marketing, fundraising and communications strategies for more than a decade.

As well as growing the Sport Relief brand from inception to a £70 million biennial fundraising event, Sarah also played a key role in transforming the Comic Relief marketing output to digital first and helped to secure match funding from external sources including the Gates Foundation and government departments such as DfID and DfE. 

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