Our Story

The aim of Quintessentially Foundation is to improve the education, health and welfare of disadvantaged children and young people in the United Kingdom to allow them to fulfil their potential and realise their dreams.

Quintessentially Foundation is the grant giving arm of the Quintessentially Group. Since it was established in 2008, we have raised over £11 million pounds for charity.

Through innovative events and charity partnerships, the foundation is proud to have helped 10,000 school children in Enfield and Croydon through Place2Be, helped with funding towards a new cancer centre in London through Maggie’s and assisted vital projects in Syria through War Child.

Quintessentially Foundation has proudly supported a variety of charities over the years including Rays of Sunshine, Greenhouse Sports, The Prince's Trust, Sentebale and Elephant Family.

In 2018 we are proud to be supporting The Felix Project.

In 2017 we proudly supported Walking with the Wounded, Dallaglio RugbyWorks, the Miles Frost Fund in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, Resources for Autism, Dimbleby Cancer Care, Elephant Family, The Royal Parks Foundation and the Felix Project.

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Team Members

Maria Hannides

Financial Controller

Maria is an ACCA qualified Financial Controller. She has vast experience in managing the finances of many of Quintessentially’s businesses. She has been with the Foundation for over five years and has played a vital role in the success and growth of Quintessentially Foundation.


Ben Elliot

Chairman of Quintessentially Foundation and Co-Founder of Quintessentially

Ben has been a pioneering force behind Quintessentially Foundation and is the co-founder of Quintessentially. Ben is also a non-executive director of YouGov Plc, as well as being a regular contributor to the FT/New York Times and other publications.


Olivia Watts

Business Development and Events Manager


Natalie Voyle

Events and Fundraising Manager


Trustee and Advisor

Joyce Hytner


Joyce is Chairman of ACT IV Limited. Joyce works with arts organisations to raise funds and increase profile, principally through fundraising events.


Geordie Greig


Geordie Greig became the editor of The Mail on Sunday in April 2012. He started his journalistic career as a crime reporter on the South-East London and Kentish Mercury in Deptford. In March 2009 Geordie joined the London Evening Standard as Editor and he was also appointed in June 2010 Editorial Director of The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and London Evening Standard.


Emma McCarthy


Emma is Management Development Executive at Churchill Retirement Living. After leaving the Foundation in 2015 she has joined as a Trustee to continue her support as well as managing The Churchill Foundation.


Olivia Brafman



Aaron Simpson


Aaron is Co-Founder of the Quintessentially Group and is passionate about driving the charity forward to achieve its goals and ambitions.


Caroline Villamizar Duque


Caroline is CEO of Quintessentially Events. QE has a key focus on creating innovative and different concepts for charity fundraisers to really engage with donors, through unique and exciting events.


Ian Ewart


Ian is Marketing Director and member of the Executive Committee with Coutts. He has international experience and is well known for his commercially focused successes to date.


Kevin Burke



Peter Crowther

Trustee and Advisor

Peter is a Partner in the London office of the international law firm, Winston & Strawn LLP. He has been a trustee of the Foundation since its inception and is a great supporter of the charity.


Sebastian Lee


Sebastian is Founder of Latitude International Ltd. He has been a close friend of Quintessentially since its inception over fifteen years ago and an avid participant of Quintessentially Foundation Events.


Paul Drummond

Non-Voting Advisor

Paul is Co-Founder of Quintessentially. Paul is especially keen on staff participation in supporting the charities and will be helping this aspect of the Quintessentially Foundation in particular.


Rory Brooks

Non-Voting Advisor

Rory is Co-founder of the international private equity group MML Capital Partners and Chairman of Manchester University’s Global Leadership Board. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Manchester in October 2010 and also is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.