UK Community Foundations welcomes new Chair
David Utley-Williams, ,
UK Community Foundations, has welcomed Jane Gibson as its new Chair.
Jane will take over from David Sheepshanks CBE, who retired on 24 October 2018, having served the maximum two three-year terms.
Jane comes with a wealth of experience in place-based initiatives, making her a perfect fit for UK Community Foundations. In 1996, she established Joined Up North, a consultancy business specialising in strategic development, regeneration and place marketing though culture, heritage and tourism projects.
She is the founding chair of Make It York, a destination management and business development company and a board member of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). She also represents the LEP on the local European Structural and Investment Fund committee. She is vice chair of Spirit of 2012, a funding charity established with a £47 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund. She also chairs two partnership boards – the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership and the Culture & Place Strategic Advisory Group in Hull.
Welcoming the appointment, David Sheepshanks CBE said:
“Jane joins at a very exciting time for Community Foundations. This year alone we have given out almost £100 million in grants and I am incredibly proud that since our inception we have distributed over one billion pounds to local communities. I wish Jane well and feel sure she has much to add in the next chapter for our movement. She inherits a very strong team and a platform from which our continued growth can go from strength to strength.”
Jane, Lady Gibson said:
“I’m delighted to be joining UK Community Foundations as Chair. I am a strong believer in the power of local philanthropy and place-based giving. I look forward to steering the movement to an even stronger place where we can grow our impact in local communities.”