Lisa Weaks

Assistant Director, Leadership and Organisational Development / Head of Third Sector
Leadership and Organisational Development

Lisa has more than 25 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, which includes working with a range of UK charitable grant-makers, managing grant programmes, conducting grant-making reviews, designing training, leading evaluation and research projects and providing organisational development for charities. She has co-authored a number of research reports on the charity sector, commissioning and volunteering and has also written blogs and articles on the charity sector, published in trade and national media. Lisa is committed to supporting the voluntary sector and to collaborative working, and has developed many influential and successful partnerships to increase funding and support for the sector.

Since 2016 Lisa has been an Assistant Director, Leadership and Organisational Development and Head of Third Sector at The King’s Fund. She has been responsible for the GSK IMPACT Awards for The King’s Fund since 2004, managing the funding assessments and the GSK IMPACT Awards training programme and Development Network, which now has a membership of 80 award-winning health and wellbeing charities. She also leads and co-designed the successful Cascading Leadership programme which provides support for leaders working in the voluntary and community sector, currently being rolled out across the UK. 

Lisa is a trustee of a grant-making trust and for ten years was also a trustee and then vice chair to a second grant-maker. 

She also has a keen interest in the arts and music. She originally trained as a musician at the Royal Northern College of Music followed by postgraduate study in Germany, and worked with professional orchestras mainly in Birmingham and the North West.