Our Advisory Board meets once a quarter and guides the strategic direction of Raise Your Hands. 

Blaine Tomlinson

Blaine is a founding trustee of ARK, an international organisation whose purpose is to transform the lives of children around the world. ARK has raised over £180m and more than 430,000 children have benefited from ARK’s programmes. Blaine is also a patronage donor to 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a charity formed in 2001 that has held over 400 educational programmes and now has over 13,000 members, and he is a funder and advisor to Principals Academy, a trust based in Cape Town established to turn public schools serving disadvantaged communities into centres of excellence through better leadership.

In his professional career, Blaine founded his own investment business, Financial Risk Management, in 1991, which he then sold to Man Group in 2012. Since retiring, Blaine divides his time between private investing, charitable work and adventure travels. Blaine is a keen skier and enjoys hiking.

Ginny Kearns

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Ginny has extensive experience producing high–end events that raise funds, steward donors and build brand awareness to deliver results for children, most recently with Save the Children. She is experienced in establishing and nurturing relationships with a variety of stakeholders ranging from trustees, corporate partners, donors, sponsors and global talent through to production teams, creative and PR agencies and event suppliers.

Adam Lawrenson

Adam is Executive Creative Director of Albion, an innovation consultancy based in London. Albion is famous for designing the Skype brand and product experience, inventing the disruptive telco GiffGaff and scaling Candy Crush from facebook game to global phenomenon with a $7 Billion valuation. 

Adam developed his multi-disciplinary approach to innovation by working at agencies that span the creative spectrum. He spent his early career in advertising, creating campaigns for BMW, Sky, O2, Gov UK and Bupa. He then ran a product design studio where he led long-term innovation projects for Channel 4, IKEA, Nestle, Unilever and Microsoft. And he did a long stint as Creative Director at a branding business working on the global rebrands of Jaguar, Land Rover and Vodafone.

Adam has sat on the digital advisory board for WPP, the world's largest agency network. He's won a Bafta and an Emmy for a real time documentary with Channel 4. And rather bizarrely had a poem exhibited at the V&A alongside poet laureate Andrew Motion.

Simon Wethered

Simon was one of the Charity Commission’s two legally-qualified board members from 2006 to 2012. Simon was a legal consultant specialising in charities with Charles Russell LLP and was formerly a partner there. He has 37 years experience as a solicitor, 17 specialising in charity work.

Simon was also a trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care, Chair of the St Martin in the Fields Christmas Appeal Charity among other trusteeships in the charity sector. He is a member of the Charity Law Association, associate member of the Charity Finance Directors’ Group and co-editor of the Charity Law Handbook.