Executive team

The Executive team is responsible for the effective running of CLIC Sargent. Each Director has a specific area of expertise and experience, and contributes to the day-to-day management of the organisation. Through the Chief Executive the Executive Team reports to the Board of Trustees.

CLIC Sargent’s Executive team

Kate Lee - Chief Executive
Helen McShane - Director of Services
Rachel Kirby-Rider - Director of Income and Engagement
Roger Smith - Director of People and Learning
Kevin O'Brien - Director of Finance 

Kate Lee - Chief Executive

Kate Lee became CLIC Sargent’s Chief Executive in November 2015. Prior to this, Kate spent five years as Chief Executive of the Myton Hospice Group in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Since graduating in Public Sector Administration in Sheffield, Kate has always worked for UK charities, and has a passion for organisations that embrace volunteering.

Formerly Director of Strategy for British Red Cross, Kate was a board-level Director at Red Cross for nine years, covering both Strategy and UK Operations positions. She is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow and is passionate about the role and development of the social sector.

Kate is also a trustee of the breast cancer charity, Coppafeel, and a member of ACEVO’s ImpACT Coalition Steering group.

She lives in Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry, with her husband and two children. She loves gardening and running (slowly!).

Helen McShane - Director of Services

Helen joined CLIC Sargent in 2008 as a service development and programme management specialist. During her time at CLIC Sargent Helen has led many of the charity's flagship projects and worked to establish much of the infrastructure that underpins CLIC Sargent’s services. 

Before moving to the charity sector Helen was a consultant at Deloitte & Touche LLP where she worked with a range of public sector clients. Prior to that Helen was on the National Graduate Programme for Local Government. Here she completed a post graduate diploma in local government management.

Although she is a northerner at heart, Helen now lives in Hackney with her husband and two young children.

Helen became CLIC Sargent’s Assistant Director of Services in 2015, leading on strategy and major projects. In January 2018 she started her role as Interim Director of Services. 

Rachel Kirby-Rider - Director of Income and Engagement

Rachel has worked in the not for profit sector for the past 13 years.

Following a role as Head of High Value fundraising at Diabetes UK, Rachel joined Samaritans in 2006 and was there eight years, the last five as Executive Director of Fundraising & Communications.

She was responsible for overseeing a 50% growth in income during that time by increasing income from Individual givers, establishing a Major Donor team and securing multi-million pound project funding from corporates, government and Big Lottery. 

Before moving into the charitable sector Rachel spent eight years working in sales and marketing for a high-tech multi-national. 

Rachel is a governor at a local primary school and is a member of the Institute of Fundraisings Policy Advisory Board. She joined CLIC Sargent as Director of Fundraising in April 2015.

Roger Smith - Director of People and Learning

Kevin O'Brien - Director of Finance

Kevin was  Head of Finance at Grosvenor Estate- focusing on Grosvenor’s London estates in Mayfair and Belgravia. Prior to this, he held several roles at Tata, including Finance Controller and Senior Business Analyst; in 2011, he joined Tesco’s property team where he was the finance business partner for Tesco’s portfolio of town centre regeneration developments. 

For a period of time, whilst at Grosvenor, Kevin was also acting as Head of Finance for the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) – a charity established to raise c. £300m and to facilitate the design, management and construction of the DNRC. Kevin sits on the Finance and Resource Committee of The Lullaby Trust – a charity that provides specialist support for bereaved families, promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep and raises awareness on sudden infant death.