The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Organisation
The Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Sir Hugh Duberly CBE
Lady De Ramsey
Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey DL
Sir Michael Marshall CBE DL
Jane Darlington - CEO
Jane set up the Foundation in 2004 and today leads fund development in addition to her role as CEO. Jane read Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then trained and practised as a Chartered Accountant for over 10 years. Jane lives in South Cambs (with family) where her kitchen and garden are a source of pleasure and some regret.
Wendy Williams - Finance Manager
A graduate of Newcastle University, Wendy worked with the audit team at Pannell Kerr Forster in London before specialising in manufacturing and distribution environments. Wendy has been responsible for the day to day finance function at CCF since February 2015. Wendy is a mum to three sons, two cats and six chickens and lives with her husband in Bury St Edmonds.
Donor Support Team
Vivienne Atkinson - Donor Support Manager
Viv co-ordinates all departments to ensure Donors are supported at every stage of their relationship with CCF. Viv read History at Cambridge and has a background in live broadcast production and account/project management. Originally from the hilly Peak District, Viv lives with her partner in South Cambs where she enjoys exploring the (very different) countryside.
Suzy Kay - Grants Programme Manager
Responsible for the day-to-day management of the grants team, Suzy delivers grant-making programmes on behalf of our Donors. Having started out in finance working for HSBC, Suzy was involved in charitable work and fund raising before she came to CCF in September 2016. Suzy is married with 3 teenagers and lives in a village just north of Cambridge.
Marion Carey - Donor Communications Manager
Marion joined CCF as Grants Officer in 2006, following a PhD in veterinary orthopaedics and became Grants Director in 2014. Now in the new role of Donor Communications Manager, Marion is responsible for producing the new CCF magazine, The Forum. Marion lives in South Cambs with her husband, 2 year old daughter and Flora the Labrador - a regular visitor to the CCF office.
Harriet Webb - Grants Officer
Harriet is involved with the day to day running of the grant programmes, including advising applicants, assessing applications and attending donor panel meetings. Harriet joined CCF in 2015, having initially moved to Cambridge to study Archaeology and Anthropology. She lives with her partner and enjoys cooking and playing board games.
Zeynep Ozdemir - Assistant Grants Officer
Zeynep worked in grant-making at a Development Agency in Ankara, Turkey following her management studies in Istanbul. Since joining the team in October 2016, Zeynep assists with grant administration processing applications, producing reports and supporting applicants. Zeynep lives with her husband in Norwich and dedicates all her spare time to reading books.
Our Board of Trustees is composed of:
Chris Belcher - Chairman
Chris is a partner at Cambridge law firm Mills & Reeve LLP where he heads the Private Tax team and is a member of the firm’s Making a Difference committee for social responsibility. He is also vice-Chair of national charity The Silver Line. Chris read law at Cambridge University before spending 14 years working in London and returning to Cambridge in 2009. He specialises in advising individuals about trusts and tax issues. Outside the office Chris is a keen sportsman and when not spending time with his young family he enjoys playing tennis and competing in triathlon.
Chris took over the role chairman of the CCF Board in February 2015.
Richard Barnwell DL
Richard lives in Wisbech with his wife Beverly. He has been Town, District and County Councillor and Mayor of Wisbech 2000/2001 and the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire in 2011/2012. Richard has been Chairman of the Fens Youth Trust, Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust, Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Wisbech Tourism Group, Wisbech and Fenland Museum Friends, Trustee of the Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum, The Wisbech Regeneration Partnership, East of England Agricultural Society, The Victoria County History Trust and other charitable bodies. His business interests are Messrs Clifford Cross Auctions - Wisbech, and farms in Northamptonshire. Richard's hobbies include shooting, fishing and garden restoration.
Bill recently retired from his role as Group Financial Director of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Limited – a local family company employing around 3,800 people with varied business interests including Aerospace and Motor Retail. He was formerly the Managing Partner of Ernst & Young, Chartered Accountants in East Anglia. He is Chairman of one local charity and Trustee for three others as well as chairing the Ely Cathedral Finance and Investment Committee.
Alison is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Taxation. She has worked as Director of Taxation in FTSE companies in London since 1995. A particular focus during this time has been on international expansion, project management, Board governance, and corporate simplification.
Now living in Cambridgeshire, she joined the CCF Board in December 2015 with a particular focus on Finance and Governance skills.
Her interests include walking, tennis, travel and building her new home.
Simon works at ARM Holdings in the Corporate Responsibility team where he leads on external communications, engagement with charity partners and advocacy across education, health and the environment. Simon has been involved in sustainability and corporate responsibility since 2008. Prior to that he spent 12 years with accountancy firm PwC advising on risk management working extensively across Europe, Africa and Australasia. He is currently a Board Committee member for Young Enterprise in Cambridgeshire and a co-opted Governor at Netherhall School and Sixth Form.
Bob has been executive director of the Society of Editors since its foundation in 1999 and a former editor of the Cambridge Evening News. During his tenure the Cambridge Evening News was one of the most successful regional newspapers in Britain.
Bob is a frequent broadcaster and speaker, debater and lecturer on media issues, press freedom, freedom of information, business ethics, leadership, business in the community and strategic public relations. He was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School (president of the Old Lancastrian Club 2004-2005) and the London School of Economics (BSc Econ. 1970).
His interests include rugby union and offshore sailing.
Catherine started her career in nursing, specialising in heart transplantation and becoming the first Clinicians' Assistant at Papworth Hospital. However, for the past 20 years she has been involved in the IT industry where she and her husband, John Stewart, set up and ran several companies, the last of which she sold in June 2013.
Sadly, John was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, and died in April 2011, leaving Catherine with a business and 2 young daughters to manage.
Both Catherine and John were keen sportsmen, and so after his death, and as a way of trying to make something positive from such a tragic loss, Catherine set up the John Stewart Memorial Fund, which is how she was introduced to CCF. The objective of the fund is to 'Enable Sport for All', particularly the disadvantaged and disabled. It is therefore appropriate that much of the fund raising has involved sporting challenges!
Catherine was so impressed with CCF that she agreed to join the board. She is a keen advocate and will be promoting the great work CCF do, with a particular interest in highlighting the benefits of the Endowment Funds.
Catherine's interests are, predictably, her daughters, her sport, and, unsurprisingly, supporting the work of Prostate Cancer UK
Sam was introduced to CCF when he was Director of the Kodak European Research Laboratories in Cambridge and sought the support of Kodak to set up a Fund with CCF, which was used to make grants to a number of local groups. When Sam retired, he and his wife decided to remain in Cambridge and he has utilised his past experience to help the local business and charitable communities. He kept in touch with CCF particularly and was invited by the board to join CCF and to take an active role in developing the grant making strategy of the Foundation. More recently, Sam has focused especially on establishing ways to measure and communicate the social impact of CCF’s grant making.
Philip is a partner at Cheffins, a long established firm of Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents, Auctioneers and Valuers with offices across the Cambridge region. Philip is based in Cambridge where he heads the Commercial property agency, development and investment team. Prior to joining Cheffins he spent seven years at Bidwells where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. He acts for a range of public and private sector clients built up over more than 20 years.