Gerald is Chief Executive at the Fundraising Regulator, having previously been its Head of Policy and Communications.  He was Director of Policy and Partnerships at the Big Lottery Fund and some of its predecessors from 1995 until October 2010 when he became a freelancer working with charities, Trusts and Foundations on a wide range of policy projects. His earlier career in the public sector was as a funder of charities and voluntary organisations.

He is a Trustee and Chair of the Camden Society (a charity for people with learning disabilities), a trustee at Citizens Advice Camden and an independent board member of the Asda Foundation. He chaired the former London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund from 2005-2008 and was a member of the BBC Charitable Appeals Committee from 2004-2009.