About Us

Meet our people

Paul Streets OBE

Chief Executive

Paul joined the Foundation in May 2013 after a career which has spanned the voluntary and public sector and work in International development (DfiD/Sight Savers), Human Rights (Amnesty International), professional and service regulation and health and social care.

He has been Chief Executive of Diabetes UK; the Health Development Agency and the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board. Immediately prior to the Foundation he worked as a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health heading up Public and Patient Engagement and Experience.

He is currently Chairman of Contact a Family the leading UK Charity supporting families of children with severe disabilities and Chair of the UK Rare Diseases Advisory Group.  He was Deputy Chairman at the Healthcare Commission from 2000 to 09 and the first lay member of the Royal College of Physicians Council.

He has four degrees including an MBA with distinction (Warwick), an MSc in Agricultural Economics, a Diploma in Co-operative Development (Finance) and a BSc in Geography.

In 2003 he was appointed an OBE for services to people with diabetes. Paul has three children and a flat coat retriever. He lives in East Sussex, but hails originally from North Yorkshire.

Paul works at the Foundation because he is passionate about what we do at our best – supporting great people and organisations to reach those who get a raw deal in our society.

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Ciara Plunkett

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Ciara is the Chief Financial and Operating Officer at the Foundation, on secondment from Lloyds Banking Group since April 2017. 

Prior to the Foundation, Ciara enjoyed 14 years working at Lloyds Banking Group. Initially managing around 50 legal entities within the Structured Transactions Group before moving on to a broader role in Group Finance where she was Head of Group Tax Reporting.

Ciara is a chartered accountant who trained at PwC, with more than 25 years' experience working and volunteering in a variety of roles in the UK, Europe, Africa and Australia.

Ciara long held an ambition to work in the Third Sector and is enthusiastic about bringing her expertise to the Foundation and the opportunity to help improve our communities and make our society a better place.

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Duncan Shrubsole

Director of Policy, Partnerships and Communications

Duncan joined the Foundation in May 2014 to take up the new role of Director of Policy, Partnerships and Communications. He leads the Foundations’ programmes and work to influence policy and practice around small charities and our selected national priorities. He oversees the comms, policy and research team who seek to learn from the charities and work we fund and communicate that effectively to the media, public, policy makers and our colleagues in Lloyds Banking Group.

Before the Foundation Duncan worked for nearly 9 years at Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, leading their campaigning, policy, research, comms and best practice work where he secured a number of changes in policy and practice. He has also been a civil servant developing policy around transport and local government and has worked for a local authority.

Duncan lives in South East London with his wife and two little children. Before parenthood Duncan travelled widely and in any spare time now he likes to run, watch films and talk politics.

Duncan is passionate about tackling poverty and disadvantage and the role of the voluntary sector in both helping people directly on the ground and in campaigning for and securing real change.



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Chris Anderson

Director of Grant Making South

Chris joined the Foundation in 2008. Prior to this he undertook a number of consultancy and interim roles including working for NCVO, Capacity Builders, the Museums, Libraries and Archive Council and number of other funders. He was Head of Programmes for the New Opportunities Fund/Big Lottery Fund 2000 - 2005 and previously Children’s Services Manager at Newham Council.  For much of his early career he was involved in voluntary sector play services in London. 

Working for the Foundation enables him to work for a national funder that engages effectively with the sector at a local and regional level.

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Harriet Stranks

Director of Grant Making North

Harriet Stranks is the Director of Grant Making North, heading up a team of Grant Managers across the North of England, West Midlands and Wales.  She is a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team and is responsible for the development and delivery of the Foundation’s programme of capacity building support for charities. Prior to joining the Foundation in Jan 2012, Harriet was the Regional Manager for the North of England for BBC Children In Need for nine years. Between 1999 and 2003, Harriet developed and managed a charity called Manchester Kids for the radio station Key 103 and before that she was a fundraiser for Christie Hospital.

Harriet is foster carer for two siblings and has an older son. 

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Famida Chandegra

Executive Assistant to Chief Executive

Famida joined the Foundation in 2014 as Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive. She has worked in a number of FTSE companies and most recently worked in the oil and gas sector. Earlier in her career she also managed a not-for-profit community project within an urban regeneration area focusing on the capacity of arts activities to support community-led renewal.

Famida is enthusiastic about the work of the Foundation in supporting small charities who do inspiring work in a difficult economic climate.

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Alex Van Vliet

Research and Data Analyst

Alex joined the Foundation in April 2015 in the new post of Research and Data Analyst. He works on how the Foundation uses evidence and research to improve our work, understand the difference we make and better support small and medium-sized charities across England and Wales.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Alex worked at New Philanthropy Capital, a charity thinktank and consultancy, where he worked on a range of projects to help charities and funders measure and articulate their impact. A social researcher by training, he lives in South East London and likes karaoke, graphs and Radio 4. 

Working at the Foundation, I am lucky enough to use research and data for good: helping small and medium-sized charities do difficult and vital work to break deep-rooted disadvantage.

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Annie Abelman

Communications Manager

Annie is the Foundation’s Communications Manager, responsible for delivering the organisation’s print, digital and media strategies. Annie brings experience from working in commercial PR agencies as well as several years working in the charitable sector, project managing Shakespeare Schools Festival in Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Annie is a passionate storyteller and is proud to work in an organisation where our story is about lives changed for the better. Outside of work Annie enjoys creative writing, travelling, running and spending time with family. 

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Caroline Howe

Policy and National Programmes Manager

Caroline joined the Foundation in January 2015 to take on the new role of Policy and National Programmes Manager. She focuses on developing the Foundation’s national impact, working with grant holders and throughout the sector more widely to champion the important role of small and medium sized charities.


Prior to joining the Foundation, Caroline undertook a number of roles which most recently have included positions with Alzheimer’s Society and Big Lottery Fund. She has also volunteered with a number of small charities, including spending six months in Nepal to develop a social impact monitoring system for a microfinance programme. Back in London, she now volunteers at her local Dementia Cafe with Alzheimer’s Society.

 Caroline was particularly attracted to the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the opportunity it offered to work with small charities doing fantastic and inspiring work in a difficult climate.

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Clare Rance

South West

Before joining the Foundation in April 2016 Clare held Grant Manager roles at Devon and Dorset Community Foundations and delivered local grant programmes on behalf of national funders including the Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief and the Dulverton Trust.  Previously she has worked in development roles in the public sector with a focus on strategic partnerships and community strategies.  She has spent most of her working life in the West Country and other roles have included District Manager for Oxfam and Researcher at Exeter Archaeology.

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Emma Beeston

West of England

Emma has worked in the charity sector for twenty years in youth work, advice and service user involvement. For the past twelve years she has worked in grant making. Before joining the Foundation in 2011 she was Regional Manager with BBC Children in Need and she managed an individual giving programme at St Monica Trust. Emma is co-chair of a network of regional funders, Funding South West and is a Trustee of a national cancer care charity.

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Emma Tregear

South East & London

Before joining the Foundation in November 2010, Emma worked as a Grants Officer at the Big Lottery Fund working on a range of programmes including Children’s Play and International. Prior to that she was a Forensic Scientist working for West Midlands Police.

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Frances Robinson

Programe Co-ordinator

Fran joined the Foundation in May 2017. As part of the Service Delivery Team, her role supports the delivery of the Foundation’s programmes and core services. This includes providing support to charities seeking funding, administering and assessing grant applications and working on the Charity Mentoring Programme. Prior to joining the Foundation, Fran worked at Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Carers Trust in grant making roles.

Fran is excited to be joining a new and growing team, and to support small and medium‐sized charities that give people facing disadvantage opportunities and support they need to improve their lives.

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Gary Beharrell

East Midlands

Gary has been involved in the voluntary sector for over 30 years initially starting in children’s play work in Hull, before community development work and running a play centre in Newcastle. He then moved to volunteer management and development at Loughborough University followed by Nottingham University. He has been in grant management and assessment for over twelve years starting with Boots Charitable Trust prior to working for the Lloyds Bank Foundation. He has been a trustee of a local community centre and is chair of the East Midlands Funders forum and a trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations. In his spare time he enjoys running, rugby, travel and music.

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Gavin Macgregor

Merseyside, Cheshire and South Manchester (Interim)

Gavin joined the Foundation in September 2017 as the Interim Grant Manager for the North West with over 20 years of experience in the voluntary sector in management and community development roles.

Gavin was Director of Membership and Engagement with Carers UK where he led work on member engagement and volunteering, and has held roles in communications, campaigning and business development during his career.

Gavin has seen grant making from both sides – delivering national and local programmes as well as most recently managing a national grant giving scheme for Citizens Advice.

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Gemma Goymer

Head of Human Resources

Gemma joined the Foundation in July 2015 as Head of HR from the Financial services sector. Gemma’s role is a HR generalist covering HR Strategy, Contracts and Policies, Performance Management, Employee Development, Recruitment and Selection and Payroll and Benefits. Gemma has worked within Investment banking for Standard Life Investments and most recently worked for Selftrade (an online stockbroker) for 13 years. 

Gemma brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of working for a small to medium sized organisation and believes that the experience gained in these organisations will help support and develop the foundation to grow further. 

Gemma is extremely excited to be working for an organisation that employs people who are very passionate about what they do and where they work and is looking forward to working with the team and understanding more about working for the charity sector.


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Jigna Gajarawala

Assistant Accountant

Jigna fell into the accounting profession by chance after learning about accounting software when studying for a degree in computing. Jigna previously worked in ship brokerage and duty free retail and she is now currently studying for her accounting qualifications. In her spare time, Jigna likes to travel and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Coming from a commercial background, the Foundation is an exciting opportunity for Jigna to work in the third sector.

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John Frost

Programme Co-ordinator

John joined the Foundation in March 2016. As part of the Service Delivery Team, his role supports the delivery of the Foundation’s programmes and core services. This includes providing support to charities seeking funding, administering and assessing grant applications and working on the Charity Mentoring Programme.

Prior to joining the Foundation, John worked at Age UK as a Grants Co-ordinator.

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Jon Narcross

Press and Communications Officer

Jon joined the Foundation in August 2017 as Press and Communications Officer. His role includes delivering press campaigns and liaising with media on behalf of the Foundation and the charities it supports to promote the fantastic work they do.

His previous experience includes roles in communications and public affairs in the charity and higher education sectors. Alongside his role at the Foundation Jon is studying for an MA in Political Communication and in his spare time should probably be in the library.

Jon is passionate about tackling poverty and disadvantage and is excited to help support the work of charities helping people directly on the ground and campaigning for social change.

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Jude Stevens

East of England & London

Jude Stevens is Grant Manager, East of England and London at the Lloyds Bank Foundation and is responsible for assessing and guiding charities in relation to the Foundation’s grant making programmes.  Jude joined the Foundation in 2000 after working for 22 years within Lloyds Banking Group where she undertook several roles including Bank Manager, HR officer and Work Measurement Officer.

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Kay Cameron

Charity Mentoring Coordinator

Kay has over 20 years experience within the voluntary sector, developing and managing programmes. She has particular expertise in developing initiatives to support the work of charities, including grant making programmes. As Enhance Coordinator, she links charities supported by the Lloyds Bank Foundation with mentors drawn from across Lloyds Banking Group.

While Kay lives in North London, she retains her Leeds passport.

Kay was attracted to the opportunity to grow the Enhance Charity Mentoring programme; enabling charities to benefit from high quality mentoring, and mentors an opportunity to benefit their local communities while broadening their own skills and experience.


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Leigh Jenkins

Programme Manager

Leigh joined the Foundation in July 2017 in the new role of Programme Support Manager. Working as part of the Service Delivery Team, she supports the development and implementation of efficient, effective and responsive processes to manage the Foundation’s grant giving. Prior to joining the Foundation Leigh worked for the youth volunteering charity vInspired where she was responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of its programmes and services to support young people to take positive social action in their communities.

Leigh has a degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews and is a committed volunteer herself, undertaking roles with a number of charities working in this field.

Having both worked and volunteered within charities delivering services for those facing disadvantage, Leigh has experience of the significant practical challenges many face in the current financial climate and is passionate about the work of the Foundation in supporting them to adapt and develop internal practices for longer‐term sustainability.

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Louise Telford

North East and Cumbria

Louise Telford joined the Foundation in September 2014. She brought with her ten years of experience of grant making; research and policy work in the health and social care fields for Northern Rock Foundation. Louise has previously worked for a local authority in policy, research and voluntary sector support roles. When not at work Louise is involved with the Time to Change programme which aims to end mental health stigma and discrimination; she volunteers for a local charity; in 2016 she was awarded a MSC in Dementia Studies from the University of Stirling and she also likes to go Lindy hop dancing.

Louise is working for the Foundation because she has seen firsthand the real differences that people can make to their own lives and the lives of others when they are given the right support, advice and encouragement from the voluntary sector. 

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Michele Lester

Merseyside, Cheshire and South Manchester (on secondment as Business Development Manager)

Michele has over 20 years experience in grant making.  Before joining the Foundation, she held a range of grant making and contract management roles in both the third and public sector, most significantly eight years with BIG Lottery Fund, as a Grants Officer and subsequently Programme Manager. 

Michele is currently on secondment from her role as Grant Manager, working as the Foundation's Business Development Manager. In this role, Michele will be focusing on the development agency part of the Foundation’s operating model which supports charities to become stronger and more fundable. 

She joined the Foundation in May 2008, and was attracted to the role because of the strong relationship based ethos, giving her the opportunity to meet with and fully understand the work and the challenges facing a diverse range of charities which are passionate about making  a significant difference to the people they support.

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Mike Lewis


Mike is the Grant Manager for Wales. He joined the Foundation in 1997 after fourteen years in banking with Lloyds Bank.  A Welsh speaker he has held roles as a trustee with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, as the Wales representative of the UK grants committee with Comic Relief and has chaired the Wales Funders Forum. He lives in Brecon.

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Peter Cunnison

West Midlands

Peter Cunnison has been at the Foundation since 2008. He previously held a number of roles at the BIG Lottery Fund working on various sizes of grants programmes from small grants to managing multimillion-pound grant portfolios. Also a very energising time in regional development work, managing the local team. Prior to that he worked in the Further Education sector establishing educational programmes in communities and spent many years engaging in youth voluntary work.

He joined the Foundation because he has a longstanding commitment to working within the voluntary sector. Particularly in using his skills to translate the ‘language of funding’ and make it accessible and clear to all sizes of charities operating in the community.

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Richard Paynter

Head of Service Delivery

Richard joined the Foundation in August 2016 in the new role of Head of Service Delivery. He ensures that the Foundation has efficient, effective and responsive processes in place to manage its grant giving. Prior to joining the Foundation Richard worked for the youth charity vInspired, developing and delivering its programmes to engage young people in their communities through volunteering. Richard has also worked as a Case Manager for the Big Lottery Fund and as a teacher of R.S, Law and Ethics at a secondary school in Sussex.

Richard lives in Hertfordshire where he is kept busy by his two young children and is a keen supporter of Derby County.

Richard is passionate about providing opportunities for people facing disadvantage to improve their live and ensuring that the voluntary sector is fully equipped to fulfil its vital role. 

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Sara Cooney

South Central England & London

Before joining the Foundation in 2008, Sara held a variety of local and regional roles in grant making and community development.

Her work at the Foundation enables her to continue to support organisations working locally in our communities who help and empower disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised people to move forward positively and to build stronger, healthier and cohesive communities.

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Tina Claeys

Head of Grant Administration

Tina is the longest serving member of staff who joined the Foundation at the time of the TSB flotation. Prior to joining the Foundation she worked for the TSB Group in their legal department.

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Tripta Bains

Programme Co-ordinator

Tripta joined the Foundation in June 2017. As part of the Service Delivery Team, Tripta supports the delivery of the Foundation’s programmes and services. This includes administering and assessing Invest and Enable grant applications.

Having worked in the charity sector for four years, Tripta is passionate about helping small-medium sized charities become sustainable so that they can continue to provide opportunities for people facing disadvantage.

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Yvonne Taylor

Lancashire, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire

Yvonne has been with the Foundation just over  twelve years. Prior to joining the foundation she worked for the Lloyds Banking Group undertaking a range of customer focussed roles from general clerk, senior cashier as well as team leader of a securities department in a career spanning 22 years. Through internal job opportunities Yvonne chose to diversify her career and moved over to join the Foundation initially on a secondment but the position was made permanent twelve months later.

Yvonne has two grown up sons aged 23 and 21 years old.

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Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE


Baroness Rennie Fritchie, DBE, was appointed as Chair of the Foundation in July 2015. She brings a wealth of experience from other roles in both the public and private sector, including as Chair of the not-for-profit IT company Nominet, independent crossbencher in the House of Lords, and patron of charities including Winston’s Wish, Pied Piper Appeal and Odyssey. She is also the former Vice Chair of Stroud & Swindon Building Society and the former President of Women in Banking. For seven years she was the Commissioner for Public Appointments for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and Civil Service Commissioner.

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Professor Patricia Broadfoot CBE

Vice Chair

Vice-Chair since 2012, Patricia was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire having previously been Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor of Bristol University. Throughout her career as an educationist, Patricia has worked for greater social justice. She was a Commissioner on the Marmot Commission on Health Inequalities and is currently involved with a number of organisations concerned with environmental sustainability. She has extensive expertise in research and analysis and is a former Council member of the Economic and Social Research Council. She was awarded the CBE for services to social science in 2006 and has been a Trustee of a number of organisations including the Bristol care trust, St Monica’s.  Patricia is currently Professor of Education at the University of Bristol and holds a number of advisory roles in this capacity.

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The Rt Hon. Baroness Hilary Armstrong

Baroness Armstrong is a previous parliamentary secretary to the Treasury and Government Chief Whip, and only the second woman to hold the position. She then went on to become Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Social Exclusion. After leaving Parliament, Baroness Armstrong chairs Changing Lives, an organisation that provides support to people with complex needs living in the North East.

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Kate Cheetham

Kate is Group General Counsel for Lloyds Banking Group. Kate is responsible for advising the Board and Senior Executives on legal matters and for leading the legal team of c.300 people. Kate joined the Group Legal team at Lloyds TSB Group in 2005. Before joining Lloyds TSB, she was a corporate lawyer at Linklaters and prior to that she ran a commercial art gallery in London for 5 years.

Kate has always had a strong interest for inclusion and diversity initiatives and is co-chair of Breakthrough, Lloyds Banking Group’s women’s network which has a membership of c.15,000 people.  She is Sponsor of “Legal in the Community”, the legal function’s Responsible Business programme and a long term supporter of the charity “Suited & Booted”, which helps men who are out of work to find employment.

Kate lives in London with her husband and teenage son. Outside work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, going to exhibitions, visiting new places and watching cricket.

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Helen Edwards, CB CBE

Most recently Helen served as Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director General for Local Government and Public Services at the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2013.

Between 2008 and 2013 she was Director General of Criminal Justice in the Ministry of Justice. This followed a number of senior roles at the Home Office, including three years as Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service. Prior to joining the Home Office, Helen undertook a number of roles at Nacro, the national crime reduction charity, before becoming Chief Executive in 1997.

Before joining Nacro Helen worked for Save the Children in the London Borough of Lambeth, having trained and practised originally as a social worker. Helen was appointed Chair of Recovery Focus (a coalition of mental health charities) in April 16 and is also a Non-Executive Director at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust as well as a Trustee of Peabody.

Helen joined the Lloyds Bank Foundation Board in December 2012. She brings a wealth of experience from the community and voluntary sector as well as central and local government.

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Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind since 2006, and was voted most admired charity chief executive at the 2013 Third Sector awards. He is on the Board of Trustees at Acevo and is also Chair of the Disability Charities Consortium and Chair of the NHS England Mental Health Patient Safety Board. In November 2012, Paul received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London in recognition for achievements in promoting the understanding and support of mental health.

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James Garvey

James, a graduate from Trinity College Dublin, is Managing Director of Capital Markets at Lloyds Banking Group. His business works with relationship management teams to deliver financing and risk management solutions to clients. James is also a member of the Commercial Banking Executive Committee. He brings over 25 years of experience in financial services to the board, having lead teams in a number of institutions including Citi, West LB and UBS. In 2005 he was made a partner at Goldman Sachs within their newly formed Financing Group.

James has a keen interest in the charity sector and is also a Trustee of In Kind Direct. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

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Jo Harris

Jo Harris is Managing Director of Retail Business Banking at Lloyds Banking Group and is responsible for the team which supports start-ups and small business customers. Jo joined Lloyds Banking Group in August 2014 as Planning and Development Director for Lloyds Community Bank, supporting the network of over 1000 Lloyds Bank branches across England and Wales.  She also led the Inclusion and Diversity agenda within Lloyds Community Bank. Prior to joining Lloyds Banking Group, Jo held various senior leadership roles at Royal Bank of Scotland.

Jo is also deputy Group Ambassador for the Midlands region, helping to build strategic relationships and promote Lloyds Banking Group’s ambition to Help Britain Prosper. Jo is heavily involved in promoting the Lloyds Foundation and is a charity mentor for a Birmingham-based charity, Women Acting in Today's Society (WAITS), which was awarded a grant from the Foundation in 2015.

Jo has the Chartered Institute of Marketing Advanced Certificate and graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Mathematical Sciences. Jo lives in Solihull and is married with two daughters aged 6 and 4 which makes for a fun and noisy home life.

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Lesley King-Lewis

Lesley King-Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of Windsor Leadership and has over 30 years’ experience in both the private and voluntary sectors. Her roles as an international banker, working in London, Johannesburg and New York, and as a leader in non-profit organisations has given her unique insight into the challenges and innovations in both sectors.

Prior to joining Windsor Leadership, Lesley was Director of the Man Charitable Trust for four years and over the last 13 years Lesley has been a trustee of numerous other charities. She has a strong interest in the arts and was a trustee of Wigmore Hall and the Barbican. As well as Lloyds Bank Foundation, she is also currently trustee of the Mayors Fund for London and the European Union Youth Orchestra.

She is passionate about effecting social change, making a real difference and creating a better society for future generations.

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Dame Gillian Morgan

Dame Gillian Morgan served as Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Government and before that she was Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation. Dame Gillian’s long and distinguished career in healthcare started when she was a doctor working in hospitals and general practice after which she moved into management.

Dame Gillian is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Public Health as well as a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She was President of the Institute of Health Services Management and is past President of the International Hospital Federation. She has also served as Chair of the Alzheimer’s Society.

She is motivated by a passionate commitment to addressing inequality and has a track record of driving service improvement and investment in disadvantaged communities.

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Dr Neil Wooding

Dr Neil Wooding works as Group HR Director and Director, Shared Services for the Ministry of Justice. Before this, Neil worked as the Director, Business Services and Development at the Office of National Statistics (ONS) for five years, where he was responsible for business planning, the ONS Investment Portfolio, human resources, security and property.

Neil has worked in and across the public sector, predominantly in Wales. His previous roles include Director of Public Service Management Wales, Equal opportunities Commissioner for Wales and later the Equality and Human rights Commissioner. Since 2005, he has continued to act as a trusted and credible facilitator of public service transformation, facilitating the William’s Commission, which was set up to reform local government in Wales.

Neil has also held a number of non-executive positions within statutory and third sector organisations, building a strong appreciation for the importance of effective governance, personal accountability and legal and corporate duties associated with being a trustee.

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