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The AIM Foundation is a registered charity governed by eight trustees, six of whom are direct descendants of our original settlors, Ian and Angela Marks.

Caroline Marks – Chair since 2016


Charlotte Bushell  - Vice Chair since 2024

Sophie Jones – Appointed in May 2022, leads on Young People grantmaking

Pippa Bailey – Leads on Family Fund grantmaking

Jo Pritchard-Barnett – Leads on grantmaking in East Anglia


Alexandra Walker - Appointed in April 2024


Poppy Morgan - Appointed in April 2024

Wider Family Involvement

Other members of the Marks family act as Ambassadors and are involved in grant assessments and decisions through our programme subcommittees. Ambassadors also make recommendations for donations from the Family Fund.

Staff Team

Sarah Irving – Foundation Director
Sarah joined AIM in January 2023 and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Foundation.


Emma Beeston – Philanthropy Advisor
Emma has advised AIM on its funding strategy, assessing charities, foundation governance and developing Ambassador expertise.

Rachel Pardoe – Early Years Advisor
Early Years Emotional Security (EarlyYES) Limited, Parent-Infant Psychotherapist

Sophie Marple – Environment Advisor
Impatience Earth (Climate and Philanthropy Experts)

Amanda Keetley – Environment Advisor
Executive Director, Devon Environment Foundation

Ali Hirst – Young People Wellbeing Advisor
Experienced SENDCo and ex-headteacher

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