Michael has 25 years of commercial experience and a further decade in the charity sector. He has been a management consultant, an executive at Tesco and held a number of managerial positions at B&Q’s head office, including in Merchandising, New Format Development and Buying when he had direct responsibility for a budget of over £50m. He then joined ICI Paints as their Customer Marketing Manager and later held a number of marketing positions including Group Brand Manager for Dulux paints where he innovated and launched several successful new product ranges. Michael’s family difficulties led him to become involved with FNF as a volunteer in 2009 and subsequently joined the staff team looking after the finance side of the organisation. For three years Michael maintained his involvement at FNF whilst Head of Finance and Operations and Company Secretary for spinal cord injury charity, The Back-Up Trust. At Back Up as a member of a Senior Management Team, he led the organisation through a period of income and services growth of 40% to £1.5m. Michael returned to FNF in December 2015, to work for four days a week as Business Manager, responsible developing the activities of the national office.Michael is all too familiar with the shortcomings of the family justice system. He has been in protracted, expensive, High Court proceedings for several years, both as a legally represented father and as a litigant in person. He is painfully aware of how a lack of appropriate interventions by courts and other agencies can lead to alienation of children from a once loved parent. Read More
Luca Selvaggio Operations and Marketing Officer
Luca started working at FNF National Office October 2019 and daily helps us assist in coordinating volunteers, developing our service offerings, fundraising, governance and policy, operations and overall administration.
He is helping our Director of Communications manage both internal and external communication. He already took over our social media and started producing catchy infographics and up-to-date website content.
After having worked as Marketer in the private sector for 5+ years, he decided to switch his career to start working for the non-profit sector. If you ask him why - and we did when we interviewed him - his response would simply be "What's most satisfying than ensuring that children are not deprived of the advantage of having both parents in their lives?"
He has also volunteered for several charities to support causes such as homelessness, marine conservation and human rights. He brings with him experience and plenty of enthusiasm and energy. Read More
Michelle Cook Director of Operations
Michelle joined FNF in July 2021 and is responsible for the charities operations. Michelle has spent the last two decades working in the charity sector, designing, managing and delivering services that offer frontline support and information. Having begun as a counsellor and frontline advisor Michelle remains in touch with the direct needs of the groups and service users she has supported and this is fundamental to her approach in her charitable work. Michelle has worked in the addiction, social care, youth and bereavement sectors managing services, staff and volunteers, delivering peer support and counselling intervention, more recently assisting peer support platforms on behalf of the charity Gingerbread. Read More