Our people

Find out more about the people behind UK Community Foundations. To view a list of vacancies across the network, click here.

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    Honorary President
    Arrow Baroness Usha Prashar
    CBE Honorary President

    As well as being the Honorary President for UK Community Foundations, Baroness Prashar is President of the National Literacy Trust and formerly served on the Iraq Inquiry. Baroness Prashar was appointed inaugural Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission in October 2005 – a post she held until September 2010. She is also a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, a Trustee of Cumberland Lodge and President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, having previously served as the Society’s chairman. From 2000 to 2005, Baroness Prashar was the First Civil Service Commissioner. Prior to this, she was Chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales (1997-2000), Director of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (1986-1991) and Director of the Runnymede Trust (1976-84). She was also a member of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice (1991-93) and was a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (1992-97).

    A Crossbencher in the House of Lords, she is Chair of the Sub-Committee on Lords’ Interests, a member of the Privileges Committee and a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

    She was educated at the independent Wakefield Girls’ High School. She read politics at the University of Leeds and undertook postgraduate studies in Social Administration at the University of Glasgow.

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    Board Members
    Arrow David Sheepshanks CBE DL

    David was appointed Chairman of UKCF in April 2013.

    David has held a number of high profile Board positions in business, sport and charity, including Chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club; Chairman of the Football League; Chair of the newly opened St George’s Park (The National Football Centre) incorporating FA Learning, the educational arm of The FA responsible for Coach Education and Professional Development.

    He is a Regional Chairman of Coutts amongst various other consultancies including Onside Law and 21st Club; he was the Founder and first Chair of The Ipswich Town Charitable Trust and one of the founding Trustees for Suffolk Community Foundation which he chaired from 2005 to 2013. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk (2005), he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2004 by University of East Anglia for services to the community and made CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for services to Football and Suffolk Charity.

    Arrow Rob Williamson
    Vice Chair

    Rob Williamson is currently the Chief Executive of Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, joining in July 2009. He began his career in the charitable sector through his work supporting homeless and vulnerable people.

    As well as being the Vice Chair of UK Community Foundation, Rob is a member of the BBC’s Charity Appeals Advisory Committee and is a member of the advisory group for the Future of Civil Society in the North research programme, of the The Institute For Public Policy Research.

    Arrow Tom Ward
    Vice Chair

    Tom is the Chair for Foundation Scotland, a Community Foundation which supports community groups across Scotland.

    Tom has worked with a range of charities, including Pilotlight. Pilotlight connects charities with business professionals to help develop their strategic plans. During his time as a manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, he became as volunteer through Voluntary Services Overseas to work in Papua New Guinea.

    Arrow Trevor James

    Trevor James has been a Trustee at UK Community Foundations since 2015. He has previously sat on the Board for many non-profit organisations, such as the Lodge Farm Trust, Chichester District Foodbank, and the Church Growth Trust.

    Trevor also works as a consultant for the charity sector, advising on aspects of accounting and governance.

    Arrow Jane Moss

    Jane Moss joined the UKCF Board in November 2015. She is also a Trustee for Quartet Community Foundation, a Community Foundation serving the areas of Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath, and North/North East Somerset.

    Her professional background is in law, having worked as a solicitor at the law firm Osborne Clarke. Jane is also Chair of her local Parish Council.

    Arrow Colin Seccombe

    Colin Seccombe is a chartered accountant who has previously worked at Newcastle Building Society as Chief Executive. Before this, Colin was a partner at KPMG, specialising in auditing and corporate finance.

    He is also a Trustee of Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, joining in 2007. In addition, Colin is Chair of the Community Foundation’s Finance & Investment Committee.

    Arrow Alun Evans

    Alun Evans is currently a Trustee for Community Foundation in Wales.

    Alun’s professional background is in the investment and finance sector. He joined Quilter Cheviot in September 2009 and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute.

    Arrow Stephen Parsons MBE DL

    Stephen Parsons MBE DL has been Chair of various organisations, including Social Enterprise Sub Group of West of England LEP, and Quartet Community Foundation.

    Stephen is currently Chair of the Cathedral Choir School.

    Arrow Victoria Miles DL

    Victora Miles DL has been involved with Community Foundations for a number of years. She is currently the Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

    In August 2016, Victoria was appointed the Deputy Lieutenant of Northamptonshire. The prestigious role requires acting a representative of the Queen for the county.

    Arrow Laura Keen

    Laura Keen is currently the Finance Director of Milton Keynes Community Foundation. Her role includes overseeing the Foundation’s investments and property portfolio. Laura is keen on working with her local community, and is currently an Adviser for the Milton Keynes Arts Centre.

    Laura is a Chartered Accountant, having previously worked at Oxfordshire Community Foundation and the National Enterprise Network.

    Arrow John Nickson

    John Nickson describes himself as a campaigner for philanthropy and charitable giving. He is an experienced fundraiser and donor, and has spent 40 years working in the charitable sector.

    He is the author of two books on philanthropy and charities: Our Common Good and more recently, Giving is Good For You – about why the UK should give more.

    Visit his website here.

    Arrow Jan Garrill

    Jan Garrill joined the UKCF Board in November 2016. She is currently Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation, which supports community projects across York, North Yorkshire, Hull, and East Yorkshire.

    Jan has extensive experience of working with communities. Before joining Two Ridings Community Foundation, Jan worked at Newcastle City Council for 11 years, where her roles included Head of Communities and Head of Community Engagement.

    Arrow Stephen Singleton

    Stephen Singleton joined the UKCF Board in November 2016. He is currently the Chief Executive of Suffolk Community Foundation, a position he has held since 2005.

    Before moving to the voluntary sector, Stephen spent over twenty five years as a senior executive within commerce gaining experience across manufacturing, distribution and service industries.

    Arrow Martha Wilkinson

    Martha joined the UKCF Board in November 2016. However, she has been involved with Community Foundations for longer, becoming the Chief Executive of Devon Community Foundation in September 2009.

    Martha has 30 years of consulting experience to the public sector, specialising in social regeneration and economic development.

    Arrow Arthur Roberts

    Arthur Roberts is currently the Chair of Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside, a role he has held since 2001.

    Arthur’s professional background is in the energy industry, and he has a BSc Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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    Members of Staff
    Arrow Fabian French
    Chief Executive

    I am the Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations, where I drive growth of the influence and funding of Community Foundations. I also support each of our 46 Community Foundations across the UK in their continued development.

    I was previously a lawyer at Kleinwort Benson and Merill Lynch. In 2009, I joined Marie Curie Cancer Care as the Director of Fundraising and Retail, and as a member of the Executive Board. I am a passionate believer about the importance of charitable activity.

    You can follow me on Twitter at @fabianfrench1.

    Phone: 0207 841 4382
    Email: ffrench <at> ukcommunityfoundations <dot> org

    Arrow Andy Clapham
    Head of Programmes and Operations

    As the Director of Operations and Programmes, my role is to oversee the development and delivery of UK-wide programmes. I also work with member foundations to increase the effectiveness of our systems and operations.

    I have a background in the financial services industry. Before joining UKCF, I spent 18 months working as the Chief Operating Officer for the Lloyds Bank Foundation, where I helped implement its new grant making strategy. I’m also Vice-Chair of Contact a Family, a charity supporting families with disabled children.

    “I am thrilled to have been appointed the Operations and Programmes Director for UKCF. I am really looking forward to working with our 46 community foundation members to support them with their tremendous work, which is making a real difference to the lives of local people and communities.”

    Phone: 0207 841 4373
    Email: aclapham <at> ukcommunityfoundations <dot> org

    Arrow Lily O’Flynn
    Programmes Manager

    I’m the Programmes Manager at UKCF. My role is to deliver the contracts, programmes, and projects on behalf of UKCF’s clients, funders, and members. It’s extremely rewarding as a get a real insight into the most inspirational projects we fund in some of the poorest and most disadvantaged areas of the UK.

    I’ve been at UKCF for five years, joining in November 2011. My previous role was a Programme Officer on the Community First Endowment Match Challenge, a government-funded initiative to create sustainable communities across England. I have a degree in Philosophy from the University of Sussex.

    Phone: 0207 841 4379
    Email: loflynn <at> ukcommunityfoundations <dot> org

    Arrow Amber Alferoff
    Programmes Officer

    I work in programme design and support and am the person to be in touch with if you have any questions about programmes.

    I work with funders to identify the best ways to achieve their aims and create programmes that support community groups to deliver. For example creating an accessible application process so groups can focus on their area of expertise – services for local people. I particularly enjoy gathering feedback and writing reports, for example highlighting the incredible response of funders, community foundations and local people to the floods that followed storms Desmond and Eva.

    My background includes reporting on community-led innovation while working on the national ‘Our Place’ at Locality, policy and volunteering development, and facilitating cross-sector partnership work in Islington and nationally.

    I am somewhat of an expert in urban orchards. As Project Manager at The Orchard Project I delivered talks on tree care and orchard folklore, organised harvest events and festivals (including events with open fires in Kings Cross), trained hundreds of people, and planted more than 30 community orchards in London, including a large orchard outside the Olympic Stadium with a tree from the home county of each UK Paralympic gold-winning athlete. (Which means that fruit trees varieties hailing from many community foundation’s patches can be found there.)

    Phone: 0207 841 4376
    Email: aalferoff <at> ukcommunityfoundations <dot> org

    Arrow Mike Scott
    Membership Manager

    As the Membership Manager for UKCF, my role is to oversee our member Community Foundations. I’m involved in the design and implementations of the quality accreditation framework. I also facilitate schedules of seminars, conferences, and visits to our Community Foundations. I aim to engage, listen, and work with member organisations in a proactive and supportive way.

    I’ve worked in the third sector for over a decade. Most recently, I worked at Save the Children International as the Head of Quality Framework.

    I enjoy volunteering, cycling, and playing music in my spare time.

    Phone: 0207 841 4383
    Email: mscott <at> ukcommunityfoundations <dot> org

    Arrow Vicki Papworth
    Head of Development

    As the Head of Development, I am primarily responsible for identifying and developing sources of funding for the UKCF and Community Foundation network. I develop relationships to secure new donations for projects and core funding, from major donors and corporate partnerships.

    I was previously a Professional Services Advisory Manager for Locality, which is a nationwide movement of communities working towards change.

    I’m a keen gardener and dog owner.

    You can follow me on Twitter at @vickipapworth.

    Phone: 0207 841 4374
    Email: vpapworth <at> ukcommunityfoundations <dot> org

    Arrow Elly Gammie
    Philanthropy and Development Manager

    Prior to joining UK Community Foundations in 2013, I was a member of the Major Giving team at Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. In 2011, I took up a volunteer role in North Carolina working for a conservation site and education centre. I worked with a small but inspiring team of people, who demonstrated complete commitment to their cause and to providing an element of social cohesion for their local area.

    In 2009, I graduated from the University of Sussex with BA Honours Art History and I still love to think creatively around problem solving.

    “As Philanthropy and Development Manager I’m proud to be part of an organisation that is not only thinking of immediate steps to enhance communities around the country, but that is also focused on how to make such positive changes sustainable for years to come.”

    Phone: 0207 841 4378
    Email: egammie <at> ukcommunityfoundations <dot> org

    Arrow Kiran Ramchandani
    Head of External Affairs

    I am the Head of External Affairs at UKCF. My role is to raise the profile of Community Foundations and to talk about the great work we do!

    I am a senior communications professional with a background in the public sector, international development and politics. I have also worked on the Obama presidential campaign in 2008 and 2012. I was elected Councillor for the London Borough of Harrow in 2014 where I am now a Cabinet Member. I’m also a Board Member of the London Professional Women’s Network.

    Phone: 0207 841 4375
    Email: kramchandani <at> ukcommunityfoundations <dot> org

    Arrow Jessica Luong
    Communications Officer

    As the Communications Officer, my role is to handle our social media activity; publicise stories about UKCF and within the network; manage our website content; as well as ensure there’s good communication between UKCF and our member Community Foundations.

    I joined UKCF in August 2016 after graduating from the University of St Andrews with a degree in BSc Geography, specialising in international migration. I have previously worked in marketing roles for technology start-up companies. I’ve also volunteered for groups campaigning for social justice and equality.

    Phone: 0207 841 4381
    Email: jluong <at> ukcommunityfoundations <dot> org

    Arrow Frankie Bradley
    Head of Finance and Administration

    I’m responsible for managing the UKCF office, as well as managing the financial processes in a timely manner. This is vital to support the development of Community Foundations and the building of thriving communities across the UK.

    Phone: 0207 841 4380
    Email: fbradley <at> ukcommunityfoundations <dot> org

    Arrow Gershon Ward-Anderson
    Finance and Administration Officer

    I have worked in the charity sector for a number of years, in various finance roles.  I’m hugely passionate about working for charities. In the past, I’ve worked for faith-based organisations, and I was the main finance officer for Blind Aid for 8 years.

    I have a love for classical and choral music. My favourite composer is Handel.

    Phone: 0207 841 4372
    Email: gwardanderson <at> ukcommunityfoundations <dot> org