Society Foundation

Our Trustees

Our five Trustees are responsible for ensuring that the Foundation is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it was set up. You can find out more about each of us by clicking on the pictures below:

  • Rupert Bateson

    Rupert Bateson

    Rupert is currently a Senior Business Development Manager at Shelter UK.  He began his career in executive search with Perrett Laver, before moving into the charity sector working for Community Service Volunteers. From 2008 to 2014, Rupert held a variety of Policy/Development and Service Management roles within the British Red Cross.  He holds a degree in Social and Political Sciences from Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. 

  • Beverley Brooks

    Beverley Brooks

    Beverley Brooks is a recruitment and employability specialist with 20 years' experience of placing people into work. Between 2000 and 2010 she founded and ran an IT recruitment agency in Belgium with a turnover of €10 million. Since 2008 she has consulted, worked and volunteered within the charitable sector, placing disadvantaged individuals into work. Most significantly she has assisted female ex-offenders via Working Chance, the long-term unemployed or formerly homeless via the William Wilberforce Trust, and ex-offenders in the north-east via Junction 42. She is also involved in faith-based social action projects through her local church. Beverley holds an Honours Degree in Spanish and French from the University of Leeds and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with her husband and two young children.

  • Ulrika Högberg

    Ulrika Högberg

    Ulrika is the current Chair of the Trustees. She is currently the Foundation and Community Manager at the Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. She has more than ten years experience of grant making, including working for UnLtd - the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs - supporting individuals to create positive social change in their local communities. From UnLtd she joined Legacy Trust UK, the independent charity tasked with delivering £40 million in grant funding to secure a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from London 2012 across the whole of the UK. With her expertise and experience of working in an Olympic context, Ulrika then joined King’s College London to lead the work on sharing the learning from staging major events with other significant sporting and cultural events organisers and stakeholders, such as Tokyo 2020. She holds a degree in International Business Administration from Linkoping University, Sweden.

  • Leah Selinger

    Leah Selinger

    Since 2012, Leah has been running her own consultancy focusing on supporting charities and social enterprises to be more sustainable. She is an experienced fundraiser and senior manager in the third sector, with experience supporting charities to raise income from both public agencies and private donors and organisations. Leah previously worked as a Director of Fundraising for Youth Music, and before that Fairbridge. She holds an undergraduate degree in Comparative Religion and Social Anthropology from the University of Leeds, along with a Masters in Religious and Development Studies from the University of Manchester. Leah lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two young children.

  • Tanya Stevens

    Tanya Stevens

    Tanya is a Principal Consultant and Head of the Not-For-Profit Practice at the executive search firm Society, which helps to fund The Society Foundation by donating 10% of its profits on an annual basis. She previously spent several years in charity executive search at Peridot Partners and TMP Worldwide, and prior to this worked for an internship provider placing American University students into roles across London. Tanya grew up on Long Island and studied International Relations and Journalism at Boston University, before moving to the UK. She also holds an MSc in Public Policy from University College London.