Behind the curtains

Executive Team

Day to day management of the Institute is undertaken by an Executive Team.

Chris Millward

Chris Millward – Chief Exec

Chris joined ILM as a Director in 2014.  He became CEO in July 2015.  He has over 10 years experience in managing charity legacy fundraising and administration.  He has worked for Macmillan Cancer Support and Save the Children.  He was Chair of Will Aid for three years and a member of both the Institute of Fundraising’s Special Interest Group for Legacies and In Memory Committee and Remember a Charity’s Campaign Council.

 Nichola Sims – Training Manager

Nichola is responsible for our professional development programme which includes our training, events, Conference and Certificate in Charity Legacy Administration qualification in association with the University of Law.

Sonya Dallat – Communications Manager

Sonya looks after all of our communications and marketing channels, and has had over 15 years’ experience in communications in both the public and private sectors.

Tracey Bryson – Membership Assistant (temp)

Tracey is responsible for the day to day running of the ILM office.  She is the first point of contact for all enquiries.

The Board

Four ILM members currently sit on the board. These directors are elected by their peers, other ILM members.


Maria King – Cancer Research UK (Chair)

Maria was appointed to the role of Director at the ILM in February 2013, bringing with her a combination of legal, charity and educational experience. Maria qualified as a solicitor in 2001, and has always specialised in Private Client work, including Wills, Tax, Trusts, Probate and Capacity. In 2005 she left private practice at Shoosmiths and joined the College of Law as a Professional Development Trainer, providing training to trainee solicitors, foreign lawyers re-qualifying, and CPD training to qualified lawyers. A key responsibility was managing the ILM’s Certificate in Charity Legacy Administration programme, which sparked Maria’s interest in charity legacy administration and led to her joining the NSPCC to head up their team in 2011. Maria stepped into her current appointment as Head of Legacy Administration at Cancer Research UK in September 2012 and has acted as Chair of the ILM since June 2014.

Chrissie Paphitis – Dogs Trust (Finance Director)

Chrissie was appointed Finance Director of the ILM in April 2012. She has been an active member of ILM since 2000, acting as a student mentor for CiCLA students since 2004 and also sits on ILM’s training committee. Chrissie worked in the Diplomatic Service before pursuing a career in law and she brings a combination of skills and experience to the ILM. Chrissie trained in house at Dogs Trust and qualified as a solicitor in 2004 where she still works as an in-house lawyer. Chrissie provides legal advice within a variety of legal disciplines involving both contentious and non-contentious matters, including wills and probate, trusts, charity law, commercial contracts, intellectual property, data protection, company law, governance, due diligence, animal welfare, personal injury, and insurance and risk management. Chrissie has also gained experience in mediation, has a broad case load in legacy and estate administration and has experience of administering estates in-house.

Philip Black – Legacy Consultant

Philip’s first introduction to probate was with Sewell Mullings Logie, solicitors of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, where he spent over seven years before joining Cancer Research Campaign (now Cancer Research UK) in 1992.
During his time at CRC Philip was first responsible for Legacy Fundraising, conceiving and implementing their FreeWill Service, the world’s first charitably paid for Will-writing service which has to date raised almost £500 million in legacy pledges for the two charities with which he has been most involved. In 1994 Philip became CRC’s Director of Legacies, responsible for their Probate Office, handling circa £50 million of annual legacy income, and for their Legacy Fundraising (as well as Trust Fundraising and Major Gifts). Philip’s particular focus as Director of Legacies was on contentious probate.
Philip joined The Institute of Cancer Research in 2001 as Director of Fundraising where, naturally, he maintained his interest and involvement in the more complex estates. Having decided to concentrate once more entirely on charitable probate, he joined Legacy Link in November 2010 and also works as Legacy Consultant to The National Deaf Children’s Society. Philip and his family live in the Cotswolds.

James Stebbings – Macmillan Cancer Support

James was proud to be elected to the Board of the ILM in December 2014 and he is committed to ensuring that the ILM continues to provide its members with the training, support and leadership that it has provided so well over the past 15 years. He brings to the board nine years of legacy administration experience at Cancer Research UK and more recently as Head of Legacy Income at Macmillan Cancer Support. He led the ILM’s response to the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper on Technical Issues in charity law and looks forward to working with members to ensure that the law governing our work is fit for purpose.