Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility A warm welcome to our new Executive Director of Charities - Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation

A warm welcome to our new Executive Director of Charities

26 October 2022

Barbara Kasumu joins the Foundation

Barbara Kasumu

Barbara Kasumu joins us as Executive Director of Charities, bringing over 15 years of senior leadership experience from higher education as well as social ventures and initiatives. 

In her role, Barbara will have strategic and executive oversight for our three public facing charities that support Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust: Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, Evelina London Children’s Charity, and Guy’s Cancer Charity.

I am delighted to have started this new role, at such an important time, working with an amazing team to deliver greater impact. This is an exciting opportunity to support one of the country’s best known NHS brands by truly championing the role that philanthropy can play in benefiting patients and staff alike in building a healthier society.

Barbara Kasumu
Barbara Kasumu, Executive Director of Charities

A senior leader in higher education, Barbara joins us from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Prior to this she was Director of Membership, Programmes and Development at the National Union of Students (NUS). In both roles she was instrumental in delivering membership reforms, leading on income generation and charity strategy.

She also currently sits on the board of the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) as a non-executive director. 

Once named as Red’s Magazine ‘Woman to Watch’ in 2012, Barbara was appointed to the Diversity and Inclusion board for the London 2012 Summer Olympics and has previously sat on the charity boards of Foyer Federation and The Kids Network.


We are excited to be welcoming Barbara to the Foundation as Executive Director of Charities. She brings with her over 15 years of senior leadership experience and a record of driving and sustaining positive change in the charity sector and beyond. I’m looking forward to working alongside Barbra and the rest of the Foundation team to continue to strengthen our charitable impact and drive our mission toward health equity for all.

Kieron Boyle
Kieron Boyle, Chief Executive Officer

Barbara has co-founded a number of social ventures and initiatives including Visible Women, a campaign pairing young women with female mentors in male dominated industries as well as executive search firm and consultancy, Inclusive Boards. 

Barbara is a Clore Social Fellow and has represented the UK on international platforms including at the G8 and G20 summits.