Sam has spent the last 14 years working in International Development with a focus on supporting grassroots partners around the world, particularly in the areas of women’s rights and gender equality. This has included leading large scale international grant and contract portfolios; developing country level programme strategy; creating organisational systems and frameworks for quality and assurance; advising on women’s rights approaches and embedding monitoring, evaluation and learning.
Sam is one of LCF’s Head of Grant Operations, which means she is responsible for maintaining the high quality, efficient and effective operations of LCF’s grant-making. This includes managing a small team, supporting the Senior Management Team to deliver LCF’s strategic objectives and using her experience of grant making to inform how London’s civil society organisations are making a difference to the lives of Londoners.
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Sam has expertise in women’s rights and intersectional feminist approaches, in particular embedding these in our grant making and decision-making processes to ensure more equitable outcomes for all. She’s also interested in systems thinking and how we make use of whole systems approaches to understand how we are best able to create positive and sustainable impact for communities. Most of all though, Sam is interested in people and how we can work together effectively and harness the skills, knowledge and passion of our team, our partners and our communities.
We love London
Despite spending every day throughout lockdown in Victoria Park, it’s still Sam’s favourite place in London (and right next to where she lives!) She spent time there with her husband when they were first dating, has a lot of fond memories (and future plans) with friends who live close by and loves constantly bumping into people she knows. And more recently, has treasured morning walks and playtime in the park with her young daughter.
Did you know?
Sam has lived and worked in 11 countries on four continents but her favourite place in the world is still Deben River in Woodbridge (Suffolk) where she grew up.