Meet the ILM team

Find out more about us and how to get in touch

Matthew Lagden
Chief Executive
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Matthew joined ILM as CEO in July 2018. With many years’ experience in fundraising and legacies, Matthew worked as Director of Fundraising at St Paul’s Cathedral, as well as for major charities including Action for Children, the Stroke Association and the British Heart Foundation.

​Esther Oddy
Head of Member Engagement

Esther joined ILM as Head of Member Engagement in May 2021. She has worked with organisations in the charity sector for many years, shaping responsive and personalised membership support and training. Her experience has been gained in previous roles at The Children’s Society, Good Things Foundation, and ARC (England).

Getting in touch

The best ways to get in touch are as follows:

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The Board

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

James Stebbings (ILM Chair)
Macmillan Cancer Support

James was proud to be elected to the Board of ILM in December 2014 and was made Chair in July 2021. He is committed to ensuring that 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 Interim Head of Legacy Income at Macmillan Cancer Support.

He led 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.

Blerta Clubb (ILM Interim Finance Director)
Save the Children UK

Blerta started her legacy career with Cancer Research UK’s legacy team and went on to qualify as a solicitor in 2012. She then worked in private practice before joining the charity sector once again where she currently leads the Legacy Income team at Save the Children and was appointed to the board of directors of ILM in April 2019.

Blerta is passionate about the sector, and is known widely among her peers as championing change and promoting best practice. She has proactively established a peer support group and has worked with HMCTS to highlight the importance of the Smee & Ford notification service.

Blerta successfully won the Legacy Professional of the Year 2019 award to recognise her passion, hard work and achievements within the sector. Blerta is also a committee member of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee.

Fiona Burne
British Heart Foundation

Fiona studied Law at Sheffield University and then completed the LPC at the College of Law in London. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2008, working on traditional private client matters at a high street firm in Hertfordshire, before moving into legacy management in 2009 when she joined Alzheimer’s Society.

Fiona then moved back into private practice, working for six years on a wide caseload of wills, probate and estate management matters as well as powers of attorney and trust administration at a firm in Bedfordshire. Fiona completed the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) diploma in 2012.

Fiona briefly worked for Legacy Link in 2017 at a small number of charities, and since summer 2017 has been at British Heart Foundation, where she is now a Legacy Manager, and was appointed to the board of directors of ILM in April 2019.

Paul Browne
Legacy Consultant

Paul is an experienced manager with a diverse background from retail finance to scientific research in board level technical and international development roles. He is a natural communicator at all levels from executive to volunteer, able to articulate highly technical subjects to people at all levels.

Paul has specialised in business process and IT systems in the past, working on several large change management projects for central government and international businesses.

Having been introduced to the legacy world by Linda Norgrove, he is now enjoying the challenges of delivering legacy administration and educational seminars with Legacy Link.

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