Gerald is Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator. He took up the role on 1 July 2018 having been Head of Policy and Communications from January 2016 when the Regulator was set up. Before that, he was Director of Policy and Partnerships at the Big Lottery Fund and one of its predecessors, the Community Fund, from 1995 until October 2010 when he became a freelance, working with charities, trusts and foundations on a wide range of policy and governance projects. His earlier career in the public sector was in the former Greater London Council housing department and then as a funder of charities and voluntary organisations. He is a trustee and chair of the London Emergencies Trust (the successor charity to the former London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund which he chaired from 2005-2008). He is also a trustee and deputy chair of the National Emergencies Trust and an independent trustee and board member of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. Previously, he was a member of the BBC Charitable Appeals Committee and its vice-chair from 2004-2009. He was a trustee and chair of the Camden Society (a charity for people with learning disabilities) from 2009-2017, a trustee and vice-chair at Citizens Advice Camden from 2011-2017 and an independent board member and trustee of the Asda Foundation from 2013-2018.