Who We Are

Vice President

Lord Michael Grade of Yarmouth CBE

Michael Grade has had a long and distinguished career in broadcasting, encompassing London Weekend Television, the BBC, ITV, as well as over nine years as Chief Executive of Channel Four Television. 

In May 2004 he was appointed Chairman of the BBC, succeeding Gavyn Davies, resigning in November 2006 when his appointment as Executive Chairman of ITV was announced, a post he relinquished in 2009. 

He is non-executive Chairman of Pinewood and Shepperton Film Studios, non-executive Chairman of Infinity Creative Media and a non-executive Director of WRG, a creative communications company based in Manchester. 

Michael is a Trustee of the National Museum of Science and Industry and is Chair of the Media Museum in Bradford.

In January 2011 he became the Conservative Peer, Lord Grade of Yarmouth.



Peter Cousins (Chair)

Peter Cousins joined the Board in June 2008. He is an accountant and was a partner in Buzzacott LLP Chartered Accountants (1980-2006) specialising in looking after charities. He was Company Secretary of a large religious charity (The Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege) from 2007 until 2018. Peter is Chair to the Board and Chair of the Finance and Personnel sub-committee.


Luke Ashworth (Vice-Chair)

Luke is a solicitor qualified to practice in England and Wales. Luke has a broad range of professional legal experience in the energy and infrastructure sector. In private practice, Luke advised governments, financial institutions, export credit agencies, multilateral development institutions and multinational companies. Luke now advises on offshore wind and electric mobility deals. Luke is a member of the Finance and Personnel sub-committee and Vice Chair to the Board.  Luke was born in Greenwich and is a life-long Charlton Athletic FC supporter.

Simon Charlick

Simon is an economics graduate from Bristol University and qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse before moving into industry. He has extensive board level, executive and non-executive experience in a wide variety of private sector businesses, the public sector, social enterprises, and charities.  

Latterly he was Business Services Director of the National Housing Federation. Currently, as well as being a CACT Trustee, he is a Trustee of Redthread, a high-profile charity making critical interventions in youth services and a board member of 3SC, a social enterprise mobilizing third sector supply chains to deliver government programs in fields such as employment, education and justice. 

Simon has lived in Mottingham for nearly 40 years; he and his family have been long standing Charlton Athletic season ticket holders. Simon is a member of the Finance and Personnel sub-committee.

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Calum Coker

Calum is a fundraiser by profession, specialising in youth engagement, community and events fundraising. He currently works in the Public Fundraising Team at Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organisation, and was previously in the Supporter Fundraising Team at the National Autistic Society.  

Additionally, Calum holds a number of voluntary positions within the fundraising sector and is passionate about empowering and developing the voice and skills of young people.

Calum is a life-long Charlton Athletic fan and season ticket holder, and when younger spent many a summer on CACT's holiday football courses. Calum is a member of the Marketing and Fundraising sub-committee and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Safeguarding sub-committee.

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Martin Griffiths

Born in South East London to Jamaican parents, Martin is a consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon and the Clinical Lead for Trauma Surgery at Barts Health. 

He developed the country’s first integrated ward-based violence reduction service which has had spectacular success in reducing retaliation and violent reoffending amongst the victims of injury. 

He is a passionate advocate of diversity and equality and has worked within the community for decades. He is an ambassador to the Mary Seacole Trust, sits on the Violent Crime Prevention Board, and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.  

Martin was appointed as the Clinical Director for Violence Reduction in NHS London and following his success in this role became the first National Clinical Director for Violence Reduction for NHS England. He sits on the reference group that guides the VRU in London, promoting the “public health approach” to violence reduction, and advises on the development of strategies to support challenged communities across the country. Martin is a member of CACT’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and Safeguarding sub-committee.

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Tracy Herd

Tracy currently leads on Movember’s programmes aimed at young men in the UK. She manages Ahead of the Game, a programme developed to improve youth mental health through community sport by engaging young athletes, parents and coaches.

Tracy started her career at the House of Commons Library before moving into public health policy and health improvement with a particular focus on men’s health and health inequalities.

She worked with CACT during her time at the Royal Borough of Greenwich as Healthier Communities Programme Manager, delivering an extensive men's health programme and improving the health and wellbeing of the most deprived communities in Greenwich.

As Deputy Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum, Tracy was responsible for developing new programmes and service models that work better for men. She led the forum’s work on men and obesity to testing the evidence on developing weight management programmes for men.

Tracy is Director of Follow the Herd Ltd providing health improvement strategy, policy and programme to clients including the European Men’s Health Forum, Movember, Future Men, The Harlequins Foundation and the Royal Society of Public Health.

Tracy has lived in Charlton for 22 years and has enjoyed many Saturday afternoons at the Valley with her two sons.


Chris Lunn

Chris graduated from the University of Greenwich in 1997 and has worked in Charity Fundraising and Communications roles for more than 20 years. 

Having started as a fundraiser for The Salvation Army in Greater Manchester, Chris has since worked for the Charities Aid Foundation, Age UK, Cancer Research and most recently the 12 Regional Health Lottery Community Interest Companies that have raised more than £113 million for local good causes across Great Britain. 

Chris’s son has attended numerous CACT holiday courses and they both regularly attend Charlton games at The Valley with occasional trips to away fixtures in the North West. Chris is the Chair of CACT's Marketing & Fundraising sub-committee.

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Ken Palmer

Ken is a dedicated and highly respected safeguarding and Child Protection specialist and accredited trainer with over 25 years’ experience within the police and Local Government sectors. Ken is an independent Safeguarding Trainer & Consultant and delivers a blend of depth and breadth of Safeguarding and Child Protection training based on his experience. Ken is an Ex Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Detective Constable with the specialist, Child Abuse Investigation Team.

During his police service he would handle challenging caseloads, investigate complex cases of child abuse. Ken was also part of the MPS Partnership Team working on projects and preventative work – Project Azure the MPS response to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Project Violet MPS response to the ritualistic abuse of children. Following his career in the police Ken has worked for the Royal Borough of Greenwich as their Safeguarding Coordinator for Schools from 2010 to 2018. Whilst there Ken ensured a confident, valued and reliable service delivering training and consultancy to Royal Greenwich Schools.

Ken was also the Royal Greenwich, Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for education and also chaired Child Protection case conferences for Greenwich. Ken is CACT’s Safeguarding Trustee and a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Safeguarding sub-committee.

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Paul Statham

Paul Statham is the CEO and principle shareholder of Condeco Limited, one of the leading global providers of workspace management software. He is an advisor and commentator on workplace transformation and has helped to shape the latest thinking in the use of corporate real estate. He was previously Managing Director of one of the largest electronic security companies in the UK and an Associate Director of Charlton Athletic FC from 1999 to 2009. Paul is a member of the Finance and Personnel sub-committee.


Marilyn Toft

Marilyn is currently working in primary and secondary schools, academies and alternative provision with head teachers, senior leaders, staff, pupils and their parents/carers on improving teaching and promoting positive behaviour and attendance for learning. A secondary school teacher, Marilyn taught successfully in inner city schools for a number of years and then led national training and support on HIV and Aids education for LAs and the voluntary sector. Subsequently, whilst leading a LA's professional development programme for schools, Marilyn was appointed by the government to head its national healthy schools initiative, engaging every LA and health authority in the country.

Before her current role, Marilyn directed, on behalf of the Department for Education, the national strategies' programme on behaviour and attendance improvement for all schools. A current season ticket holder, Marilyn has supported Charlton Athletic since she was nine years old. Marilyn is the Chair of CACT’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Safeguarding sub-committee.


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