senior leadership team

Our senior leadership team is made up of personnel who implement our holistic, caring approach to helping Chartered Accountants and their families.

Dr Cristian Holmes


Dr Cristian Holmes

Chief Executive

Cristian is caba's chief executive. He writes and speaks widely on associations, professions and the not-for-profit sector. Cristian holds a PhD from the University of Leicester that explored associations and professions. Prior to joining caba in April 2020, he was Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, helping grow the organisation to 52,000 members. Before this he was Marketing Director for the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He has worked in the mental health wellbeing sector for over 20 years. Cristian is a Fellow of the IoD and a Member of CMI.


Jodie Gill


Jodie Gill

Chief Operating Officer

Jodie is Chief Operating Officer at caba. She has extensive experience of working with the accountancy profession and financial institutions through her role at caba where she is responsible for managing key operations across the organisation including business initiatives and strategic partnerships to drive engagement and support for the accountancy community as well as corporate communications and marketing. Jodie is also responsible for caba’s outreach work with the chartered accountant community, and leading the development and delivery of caba’s learning and development client services. Jodie is an experienced Chartered Marketer. She is also a Board member for the Association of Charitable Organisations.


Rob Smith


Rob Smith

Head of Finance & Operations

Rob is Head of Finance and Operations at caba where he is responsible for all capability relating to finance and operations including IT and facilities, ensuring the provision of best practice, guidance and technical direction. Rob is committed to driving environmental, ethical, and economic sustainability whilst ensuring the highest levels of integrity and accuracy. Rob also has responsibility for health and safety at caba. Prior to joining caba Rob worked in the corporate and trust service sector. He is a member of ACCA.




Dr Allie Bennington

Head of Insight & Impact

Allie is Head of Insight & Impact at caba. As an expert data and evaluation professional, she develops and implements robust monitoring, evaluation and learning systems to support the growth of concrete, auditable and sustainable social change. Immediately prior to joining caba in July 2022 Allie worked in the UK Armed Forces charity sector, building up a reputation for ensuring that data, evidence, insight and analysis is relevant, responsive and appropriate and leads to the delivery of high-quality support services that are equitable for all. Allie is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow and a member of the ACA Evaluation  & Impact Working Group.


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Suzie Dawes

Head of People and Culture

Suzie is caba’s HR Business Partner. As a senior HR professional, Suzie is experienced in leading and managing transformation, developing change initiatives and working with senior managers to effectively deliver people strategies. With experience working with a chartered professional body, Suzie has led HR and organisational development functions to deliver high quality, high impact professional HR services. Suzie’s achievements have been externally recognised by winning a Charity Times award and being nominated for a CIPD People Management Award. At caba, Suzie is responsible for leading the development and implementation of caba’s strategic vision through its people and culture strategy.


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Ola Opoosun

Head of Support Services

Ola is Head of Support Services at caba with over 20 years’ experience in the Charity and not-for-profit sector, specialising in grant making, advice giving and strategic partnership development. Prior to joining caba in July 2023, Ola worked for a community-based health based grant maker and prior to that was Head of Services and Grants at Bank Workers Charity. She is currently a Board member at the Clothworkers Foundation, a London based grant maker supporting charities registered in the UK. At caba, Ola is responsible for leading on support services provision, having oversight of all strategic development and delivery.


Wendy Medlicott


Wendy Medlicott

Executive Officer

Wendy joined caba in September 2016 as Executive Officer, supporting all of the senior management team and is a key point of contact for Trustee and Committee members. Prior to joining caba Wendy worked for a Multi-Academy Trust in a number of roles including managing the extended school provision and most recently providing HR support and advice. She has a solid history based in local government providing PA support for the Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police and the Lord Mayor of Coventry.