The executive team
Ray Lock, Chief Executive
Ray is a retired Royal Air Force pilot and commander, whose extensive operational career included flying Tornado, Hawk and Hercules aircraft. He commanded Royal Air Force Lyneham and the Joint Services Command and Staff College, as well as operational detachments in Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar.
With many years spent in Germany, 5 years at the Defence Academy, and a series of ground-based deployed and staff appointments in multi-national and tri-Service environments, he brings significant breadth and understanding to the Trust. His recent experiences in leading academic research and his own transition add further depth.
A former chairman of Combined Services Rugby Union, Ray continues to referee through his local Society in Gloucestershire. He joined the Forces in Mind Trust as Chief Executive in December 2012 on his retirement from the Royal Air Force as an air vice-marshal.
Tom McBarnet, Director of Programmes
Tom was appointed Director of Programmes in 2018 and has oversight of the Trust’s strategy for greater impact delivery. He previously worked for NHS digital in its transformation agenda aiming to drive forward digital implementation in the wider NHS. Prior to that he was a career Royal Naval officer whose appointments spanned Service in submarines and ships of all types as well as UK MOD, tri-Service and international defence and security policy roles. He commanded two frigates, HMS LONDON and HMS IRON DUKE and has had operational tours to the Middle East and South Atlantic amongst many international detachments.
Tom holds a Masters degree from Kings College London, a BSc Hons degree in Systems and Management from The City University and is an alumni of the Royal College of Defence Studies.
Caroline Cooke, Head of Policy
Caroline has worked in and with the charity sector throughout her career. She has extensive experience of policy and public affairs, research, and governance. From 2003 to 2016 she worked for the Charity Commission as Head of Policy Engagement and Research. While there she led on the development of the Annual Return, the revision of guidance on campaigning and political activity and the establishment of a new research and horizon scanning function. She managed the Research Reports team and a programme of research which included longitudinal research on levels of public trust and confidence in charities. Prior to that Caroline worked at the disability charity Scope in a range of roles, including as acting Head of Public Policy and Research. Most recently Caroline moved from the Charity Commission back into the charity sector where she worked at the British Geriatrics Society; the membership body for health professionals working with older people, to establish their policy and influencing function.
Caroline holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation and Administration from the London School of Economics.
Kirsteen Waller, Research and Support Manager
Kirsteen started her career as a Royal Air Force Officer in the Administrative Branch where she spent four years across three roles: supporting Station Headquarters in the Fighter Controller and Search and Rescue base of RAF Boulmer; Careers Liaison Officer (Glasgow and Ayrshire) for the RAF Inspectorate of Recruitment; and Armed Forces Recruitment Office Commander (Leicestershire and Bedfordshire) again supporting the Inspectorate of Recruitment.
Following military service, Kirsteen held several Human Resource positions for various small and large businesses, as HR Manager for DialogueDirect (UK); lead HR Consultant at Snowdrop Systems to establish a new consultancy business; and European HR Project Manager at Brother International Europe. After graduating in 2013 with an MBA from Ashridge Business School, Kirsteen supported new businesses with market research and website content before joining Forces in Mind Trust to support operations and Research Commissions in November 2013.
Clare Crookenden, Grants Manager
Before joining FiMT in March 2018, Clare worked for the charities Business in the Community and latterly The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Whilst at Business in the Community she supported the development of the Prince’s Rural Action Programme before going on to the role of Grant and Events Manager at The Prince’s Countryside Fund. At the Fund she managed an annual £1.2m grant programme which provided support to projects that aimed to sustain rural communities, improve the prospects of viability for farm and rural businesses, and support aid delivery in an emergency and build resilience.
Clare graduated from the University of Exeter in 2010 with a BA in Human Geography.
Robert Thorburn, Grants Officer
Robert has worked in the charity sector since graduating in 2006. Having been elected as Ethics and Environmental Officer and subsequently President of his Students’ Union Robert developed a keen interest and passion for driving forward positive change in the world. This motivation initially took him overseas for 24 months where he co-managed Frontier’s conservation and education programmes in Central America, followed by a placement with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), advising and facilitating community development initiatives in West Africa.
When Robert returned to the UK he continued working with VSO as a Corporate Partnerships Executive and Marketing and Events Officer. Robert left VSO to pursue his interest in charitable grant making and worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) as their Trust Officer – managing relationships and awards from a portfolio of charitable foundations and trusts. In January 2017 Robert took up the position of Grants Officer with FiMT where he’ll help deliver the Grants and Commissioning Plan.
Rodrigo Voss, Operations Manager
Rodrigo has extensive management experience in the charity and commercial sectors. He received his BSc in Business Management from the University of Hull in 2004, just before joining the children’s charity Task Brazil Trust, followed by the UK Public Health Register, a non-profit organisation responsible for the registration of public health professionals in the UK.
The commercial sector took him overseas for a few years to manage an educational business, but the experience accumulated in the non-profit sector brought him back to the UK to work for another children’s charity: React. With a passion for people and processes Rodrigo has joined the team to contribute to the success of Forces in Mind Trust, and his aim is to ensure the organisation is operating efficiently.
Isabel Summer, Evaluation Officer
Isabel graduated from Cardiff University in 2012 and went on to work in the charity sector as Charity Membership Lead at the fundraising platform JustGiving. Isabel then went on to complete an MSc in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research after which she joined Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) as a researcher. There Isabel was responsible for UCEA’s pay and workforce benchmarking service and for providing research and analysis on reward and employment issues in Higher Education.
Isabel is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and volunteers at Circles UK, a charity working with ex-offenders. Isabel joined FiMT in November 2017 as Evaluation Officer and works closely with Meri to evaluate and exploit the various projects funded by FiMT.
Tina McKay, Communications Officer
Tina graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2004 and went on to work as a Tutor in a Pupil Referral Unit, working with young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Returning to university in 2010 Tina achieved a Masters degree in News Journalism and most recently enjoyed a stint on the airwaves as a Presenter/Producer for the Armed Forces Broadcasting Service BFBS.
Louisa Dominguez, Executive Assistant