Board of Trustees
Claire Brown joined The Elders in August 2014 as Finance and Corporate Services Director. Nelson Mandela created The Elders, an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights, in 2007, and they are currently chaired by Kofi Annan. She was previously Finance and Investment Director at the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the largest grantmaking foundations in the UK. She has worked at various financial services organisations throughout her early career, including hedge funds and private equity. Ms. Brown currently serves on Comic Relief’s investment committee, Nuffield Foundation’s audit and risk committee and The Royal Foundation’s finance committee, having previously been a member of the boards of The Association of Charitable Foundations and The Charity Tax Group.
Ceris Gardner is one of the founding partners of Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP, a boutique private client law firm established in 2009 following the demerger of Allen & Overy LLP's highly-rated Private Client Department. Her areas of expertise include tax, estate planning, family governance, charity law (she is well known for advising both grant-making and operational charities on matters of charity law, governance issues and tax) and immigration. This means that Ms. Gardner is able to adopt an holistic approach when providing advice. She has a particular interest and involvement in encouraging families to consider philanthropy and in helping them to plan their giving strategy. Ms. Gardner is actively involved in the charity sector, serving as a trustee of Philanthropy Impact (a body which incorporates the European Association for Planned Giving, Philanthropy UK and the Philanthropy Advisers Forum) and Crimestoppers.
Eileen Heisman, Chair
Eileen Heisman, ACFRE, is the President and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust. She is a nationally recognized expert on charitable and planned giving. Ms. Heisman has been interviewed about philanthropy and donor-advised funds on major broadcast stations and by nearly every national newspaper and trade publication. She was among the first fundraising professionals to earn the distinguished ACFRE certification. Ms. Heisman is currently a member of the faculty at Leadership Philadelphia, as well as an adjunct faculty member the University of Michigan's School of Social Work graduate program and at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. She is a regular lecturer for the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a member of the Governance Committee for the Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. Ms. Heisman serves on the Advisory Board at New York University’s George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, the Community Foundation of Singapore and the University of Michigan's School of Social Work. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Arden Theater Company and Chair of the Board at CultureTrust. Ms. Heisman has a bachelor's degree with honors in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's degree in social work with a major in social program evaluation from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the third Wharton Fellows Class at the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Charles (Chuck) Lubar advises clients on all aspects of international tax and estate structuring and planning for individuals and their assets. He also provides corporate and individual tax planning for international investments and cross-border family business matters. Mr. Lubar served for several years with the Chief Counsel's Office of the Internal Revenue Office in Washington, DC. He has international experience that extends wells beyond United Kingdom and continental Europe, and includes working with clients from Latin America, North America, the Middle East, Japan and the United States. He has held roles as managing partner, chairman of the International Section, vice chairman of the Tax section and senior counsel with a well-established and respected firm in London. He is now Senior Counsel with McDermott Will & Emery, resident in their London office.
Andrew Watt is the former president and chief executive officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for nonprofit organisations. AFP is the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world. Mr. Watt joined AFP as vice president for international development in 2006 and was promoted to chief programs officer in 2008, where he led the Membership and Professional Advancement Divisions of AFP. He also served on the AFP Executive Team that was responsible for the day-to-day operational decisions of the association. From 1993-2005, Mr. Watt was employed by the Institute of Fundraising in the United Kingdom, a professional membership organisation for fundraising professionals. He has served as both a volunteer and board member of many nonprofit organisations. He is currently chairman of the American Friends of Winchester College and an adjunct faculty member of St. Mary's University of Minnesota where he teaches on the globalization of philanthropy.
NPT-UK is the recipient of the 2016 WealthBriefing Awards' Philanthropic Offering - Highly Commended