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About Us

What is the Worcestershire Community Foundation?

We are an independent charity and the Community Foundation for Worcestershire. Formed in 2003 we work to link donor funds, from individuals, families, companies and government, to Worcestershire’s diverse network of local groups. This enables us to target the money where it will make the most impact and use every penny efficiently to meet local needs.

We have built our expertise in local issues and we believe in supporting projects designed by local people, to address issues that directly affect them. Getting the community involved right from the start means that initiatives are more likely to work, and to continue and therefore change lives.

We are part of a national network of Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK.

Charity number 1102266 Company number 4809926

About the Community Foundation Network

Community Foundation Network, which comprises 56 local charitable foundations, is the UK’s leading organisation in revitalising local communities through effective charitable giving.

Its member organisations exist to connect those with money, with dynamic local organisations whose capacity to change lives for the better is only inhibited by a lack of money. Together, they distributed over £70 million in grants in 2009/2010 to grassroots organisations across the UK.

They are results-orientated, using their local expertise to ensure that the money invested by over 12,500 corporate, individual and public donors, as well as more than £220 million in endowments, makes the lasting difference

Trustees

Nick Wentworth-Stanley, Chair
Nick had a career in the City of London with a particular focus within the insurance industry. More recently he has been helping early stage businesses develop to their full potential. He was High Sheriff of Worcestershire in 2013/14 and is founder of a charity tackling the problem of suicide in the UK particularly amongst young men.
" Helping each other, particularly those less fortunate, is a natural desire of thousands of people and organisations within our county. I am delighted to be involved in our Community Foundation as there is no better platform on which we can bring together all that help and support to improve the lives of many within Worcestershire."

Tamar Thompson, Vice-Chair & Grants Panel Chair
Tamar began her working life as a nurse and progressed up the ranks to become a Ward Sister before moving into a career managing healthcare, eventually becoming a Chief Executive. She has also worked at a national level including a role on the Prime Minister’s Commission into Nursing and Midwifery. In 2009 her contribution to Health was recognised by the award of an OBE.
“ I became a Trustee as I believe strongly that we can make a real contribution to our communities locally, now and in the future.”

Jeremy Clarke-Morris, Treasurer
Jeremy is Partner and Head of Taxation Services at Kendal Wadley LLP. He works with a varied client base across the county ranging from multi-national businesses to individual clients. His accounting and tax expertise brings valuable insights to the Board as he brings a critical analysis to our mission to deliver the most cost efficient philanthropy solutions.
“As a father of two young girls I want to play my part in making Worcestershire a great place for them to live and I know the Community Foundation can help to make this happen.”

Roger Britton
Roger leads on quality and governance matters. He has a background in teaching, training, human resources and organisational development including work on national initiatives on public service efficiency and effectiveness. He currently divides his time between running a consultancy and involvement in voluntary sector work including running a job club.
“I am determined to do my part to make sure that the Community Foundation delivers a lasting legacy for those people in Worcestershire who are in greatest need.”

Andrew Grant
Andrew lives in Worcestershire and is a very well-known person in the County, a chartered surveyor, landowner, and proprietor of Worcestershire’s largest estate agency employing some 130 people. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the county and was High Sheriff in 2005/2006, a past president of the Worcestershire branch of the Country Landowners Association and now on the main board and is a member of the Worcestershire Ambassadors. He is a patron of St Richards Hospice and the Fitzroy Trust (looking after some 700 people with serious learning difficulties in various parts of the country) as well as trustee of several local charities
“With the Community Foundation those of us who have been fortunate in life can make a difference for those who have been less fortunate.”

Gary Priest
Gary is a Solicitor with MFG Solicitors where amongst other things, he deals with a broad range of matters, particularly the law relating to tax but specialises in advising Charities on a day to day basis, and brings this expertise to the Board
“I want to use my professional experience to develop the Worcestershire Community Foundation so it can be a real help to people right across the county.”

David Shaw
David has recently retired from the post of West Mercia Chief Constable. In this role he led West Mercia through a period of substantial financial constraint, was one of the architects of a unique Strategic Alliance with Warwickshire police and worked in other regional and national roles. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service in June 2016. Since retiring he has undertaken diverse consultancy roles. He is a Trustee of a care farm as well as enjoying mountain biking, triathlons and supporting Worcester Warriors. He is married with three children
“I want to use the abilities I have developed in my life to improve the lives and opportunities of those across Worcestershire who are most in need.”

Rob Sykes
Rob's career was primarily in local government and he spent the 10 years to 2007 as chief executive of Worcestershire County Council .Since then he has been non executive director in the public and private sectors, chaired a health board, developed leadership programmes at Worcester university and worked as an executive coach. He remains a non executive director at The National Audit Office
“I believe that we can use the Community Foundation to deliver big differences in the lives of people across the county and I am committed to leading an organisation that will make this happen in the most effective and efficient way possible.”

Mark Yates
Mark recently completed a full career in the fire and rescue service which latterly included 6 years as the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of Hereford & Worcester Fire Service. During his fire service career he also worked extensively at a national level on a number of matters including organisational peer reviews, health and safety and performance improvement. Mark has worked in three different regions of England but with a young daughter now in a local school he has put his roots firmly down in Worcestershire. He now mixes voluntary work with leadership consultancy and Chairing a local NHS Board.
“I’m delighted to be able to assist in improving Worcestershire’s lot through being part of the WCF as I feel strongly that our local area has a huge amount to offer and should rightly be regarded as a fantastic place to live and work."

Our President


President Lord Lieutenant Lt. Col. Patrick Holcroft


Our Patrons

We are delighted to announce that the new president of Worcestershire Community Foundation is HM Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire Col Patrick R Holcroft who will carry on the fantastic work of the late Michael Brinton.

Patrick Holcroft served nearly two decades in the Grenadier Guards before pursuing a City career. He has been a Deputy Lieutenant since 2009, and was brought up in the County. His charitable commitments as a trustee or adviser include the Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown; the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; the Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund, which supports armed forces charities; and the Hedley Foundation, which supports young people, the disabled and the terminally ill. Patrick Holcroft served nearly two decades in the Grenadier Guards before pursuing a City career. He has been a Deputy Lieutenant since 2009, and was brought up in the County. His charitable commitments as a trustee or adviser include the Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown; the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; the Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund, which supports armed forces charities; and the Hedley Foundation, which supports young people, the disabled and the terminally ill.


Our Supporters

Worcestershire Community Foundation
Community Centre 52 Prospect Close Malvern Worcestershire WR14 2FD
07980 605948