CCE Directors

Alex Skailes, Director, Consulting and Professional Development

Alex SkailesAlex Skailes is CCE's Director of Consulting and Professional Development. She is a senior academic within the Faculty of Management and her research interest focuses on social value creation through merger. She has a long-term career in corporate and nonprofit client advisory work and believes strongly in the merits of cross sector working and learning. As a Director at CCE, Alex leads the team of core programme directors and associate consultants.

Alex is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA), holds their post graduate diploma in charity accounting and has an MSc with distinction from the Business School in Voluntary Sector Management. She holds a BA from University College London and is a Freeman of the City of London. Alex is a fellow of Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce. She is an experienced Chair and trustee and currently sits on the finance and audit committee of the Seckford Foundation. She is a member of the UK branch of the International Women’s Forum.

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Dr Peter Grant, Director of the Charity Master's programme

Dr Peter GrantDr Peter Grant is one of the UK’s leading practitioners in public and charitable funding. After working in the arts he was Director of an inner-city youth charity for nearly a decade.  On the commencement of the National Lottery he moved to Sport England where he devised the first Lottery programme to favour areas of deprivation and was one of the architects of Awards for All.

As Director of Operations at the New Opportunities Fund between 1999 and 2005 he developed and delivered over £4.5 billion of funding programmes. He has published widely on philanthropy, CSR, and history (notably the period of the First World War). Peter's research and consultancy clients include government departments and charitable foundations.

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Professor Paul Palmer

Professor Paul Palmer is Professor of Voluntary Sector Management.

Paul has extensive knowledge of charity finance, management and governance issues. He was a member of the Charity Commission SORP committee from 2000-2005, and a Past President of the Royal Society of Public Health and a Director of the NCVO Trading Company.

Paul's current voluntary work includes being a Founder Trustee of the Honorary Treasurers Forum, the Chair of the Grant Making Committee of the Hospital Saturday Fund, and Vice President of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. He acts as an independent consultant on Charities to UBS Wealth Management, and an independent expert on charity dispute issues for courts and arbitration.

Find out more about Paul on his City, University of London's Business School Experts page.