Andrew Tuggey CBE DL
Andrew has been a trustee of the Community Foundation Wales since 2018 and became Chair of UKCF in October 2020.
He is Vice Lord-Lieutenant and a former High Sheriff of Gwent. Andrew is a trustee of National Crimebeat and Chair of ScoutsCymru; as a former soldier, he also has active roles within Veterans’ charities.
Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at Westminster for 13 years, where he engaged with all UK jurisdictions and Whitehall, Andrew has a deep understanding of the spectrum of challenges faced by communities across the Commonwealth.
Michelle Cooper MBE
Michelle Cooper MBE
Michelle became Vice Chair in October 2020. Michelle is Chief Executive of County Durham Community Foundation. Formerly an Investment Director at Northstar Ventures, Michelle worked across a wide range of investment funds delivering social impact and capital return across the North East. With almost 20 years’ experience in assessing business opportunities and raising finance, Michelle has previously worked in the technology transfer unit at the University of Manchester, before joining Codeworks in the North East as Corporate Finance Manager. This followed a number of commercial roles in the UK and Europe. Michelle holds a PhD from the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh. In October she was awarded an MBE for leading the Foundation’s prompt response to the pandemic, which saw £1.3million in grants awarded in 120 days across Durham, Tees Valley and Darlington.
Mark joined the UKCF Board in October 2020. Mark trained in the City as a Chartered Accountant and practised at his family firm in Sussex. He recently stepped down from the Charities SORP Committee, and will become Chairman of the Thalidomide Trust. Mark is a Trustee of the Sussex Community Foundation and chairs The Worshipful Company of Horners. He regularly lectures and writes articles on Charity matters.
He served as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2012 having served on Council for 20 years and chaired various committees, and served on the UK Takeover Panel. Mark spent 6 years making weekly broadcasts on local BBC Radio on financial matters, wrote a regular column for the professional press and has lectured internationally on accountancy topics.
He was awarded the OBE in 2014 for services to the accountancy profession. Mark has been Master of two Livery Companies in the City of London, The Worshipful Company of Horners and the Chartered Accountants Company. He has been a school governor and was High Sheriff for West Sussex in 2016-17.
Stephen Singleton MBE
Stephen Singleton MBE
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.
Stephen was awarded an MBE in 2020 for leading Suffolk Community Foundation’s emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kevin joined the UKCF Board in October 2020. Kevin Richmond has been Chief Executive of Sussex Community Foundation since the charity was launched in 2006. He has led the Foundation from its beginning to one which is projected to award £3.8m in grants in 2020-21 with an endowment of £24m. He is deeply committed to the role of community foundations in providing a service to philanthropists and supporting the grassroots of local communities. Prior to joining Sussex Community Foundation, Kevin had a career in a wide range of voluntary organisations, working in homelessness, HIV Prevention, with young people, older people, and running a Carers Centre. He holds an MA in Social Work.
Toby joined the Board in December 2019. He also sits on the Board of Foundation Scotland and helped set up the The East Neuk Community Awards Fund.
Toby’s background is in property and, more particularly, in the activities that this property hosts. In London this has included the formation of the Brompton Design District, the pedestrianisation of Exhibition Road and, most recently, a project to give a new home to art and design galleries priced out of central London.
John joined the board in July 2020 and is also on the board of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. Recently retired as managing partner of a Belfast Law firm he has almost 40 years experience advising on all aspects of charity law and trusts.
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.
David has had a long civil service career overseeing corporate governance, finance, strategy and policy in a variety of government departments.
He held senior positions in the Ministry of Agriculture, helping address the BSE and foot and mouth crises, before moving to the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he worked on empowering communities, finance and corporate change. There he became Finance Director (and a qualified accountant) and acting Director General. He later took on similar roles in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where he was the lead director for the 2015 Spending Review and reformed the finance function. He also led the Office for Civil Society and a major cultural project.
He is now undertaking a variety of paid and unpaid roles in addition to being a UKCF Trustee, including as Treasurer of the Oxfordshire Community Foundation, of Stoll, a charity that houses vulnerable veterans, and of Arts at the Old Fire Station, an Oxford community and arts charity.
His paid roles include being a member of the Advisory Committee on National Records and Archives, assisting the National Archives, and working with the Gambling Commission on the National Lottery.
Tom Van Oss
Tom Van Oss
Tom joined the Board in October 2020. He has been a trustee of the Cornwall Community Foundation since 2015.
Tom is on the council of the Royal College of Art and is a member of the audit committee at The Courtauld Institute. He was previously a governor of Falmouth University.
Until recently, he had his own practice as a corporate finance adviser on mergers and acquisitions. Tom is based in London but lives in Cornwall for as much of the year as possible.