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.

Paul is an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, City University of London. Previously, he was 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 also 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 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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Liz Winder

Chief Operating Officer

Liz is the Chief Operating Officer at the Foundation, joining in October 2018.  

Liz is a chartered accountant with 20 years’ experience in the charity sector. She trained at charity sector specialists Sayer Vincent, and then moved onto a number of positions in both large and small charities. Liz’s previous roles include 13 years at Macmillan Cancer Support, with over seven years of that spent focussing on finance improvement projects to develop systems to support the growth of the organisation. Looking for new ways to solve problems to make working lives easier is a real interest for Liz so that the Foundation’s time and funds can be spent on making an impact with the charities we work with.    

Liz is also a Governor and Chair of the Resource Committee of a primary school in North East London and also works with a small Housing Co-operative and charity for young musicians. She is passionate about supporting the Foundation and the charities we fund to help them bring lasting benefit to the communities they serve.

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Duncan Shrubsole

Director of Policy, Communications and Research

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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Harriet Stranks

Director of Grants

Harriet Stranks is the Director of Grants, responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s grant making across England and Wales from initial approach, through application and assessment to approval and monitoring. She is responsible for the Foundation’s team of regionally based Grant Managers, as well as the central Service Delivery Team. She is a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team and is responsible for the development and delivery of Enhance, the Foundation’s programme of capacity building support for charities. Previously she was the Director of Grant Making North and Wales. Prior to joining the Foundation in 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 Magic 1152 Radio and before that she was a fundraiser for Christie’s Hospital.

Harriet also spent 6 years as a foster carer for 2 siblings and has a son at university.

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Jill Baker

Director of Development

As Lloyds Bank Foundation’s first ever Director of Development Jill’s role brings together all aspects of the Foundation’s work to help strengthen small and medium-sized charities and the distinctive contribution they make to society. Jill’s role will be to help charities thrive beyond the life of their grant and equipping them to be stronger and more sustainable.

Jill has over 30 years’ experience of working in the charity and local authority sector specialising in social care, criminal justice and community development. Her previous roles include senior positions and a time as a consultant working across the voluntary and public sectors.

Jill also trained as a teacher – but once qualified, she never actually made it into the classroom!  Jill has also served as a non-executive director of two large Ambulance Trusts and is a Churchill Fellow.

Jill lives in the North East, is the mother of grown up twins and the ‘G’ word to two little ones.

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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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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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Lili Lance

Finance Assistant

Lili joined Lloyds Bank Foundation in October 2017. She has worked in the finance departments of a variety of charitable organisations since she left university, most recently working for the EU and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. Having worked in a similar organisation and in the charitable sector more widely, Lili felt that working for Lloyds Bank Foundation would be a great opportunity to keep in touch with the inspiring work of small charities under challenging circumstances.

Lili is a part qualified CIMA accountant with over 20 years of financial experience. In her spare time, Lili likes to travel, keep fit and is currently studying interior design. She lives at home in South London with her husband and daughter.

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Alexandra Smith

Personal Assistant to Director of Grants and Director of Development

Alexandra started at Lloyds Bank Foundation in October 2018. Before joining the Foundation she worked for a gold trading company and in private aviation.

Alexandra has a keen interest in charities, having previous volunteered and worked at a homelessness charity and supporting charities for women within the criminal justice system.

When she is not working, Alexandra enjoys playing tennis, horse riding and playing the piano - where she is a Grade Five.

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Kay Cameron

Volunteering Programmes Manager

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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Harriet Ballance

Local Implementation Lead

Harriet joined the Foundation’s newly established Development Directorate in May 2019 to lead on our work in local areas around the UK. Harriet’s role brings together local experts in selected towns around the UK to look at how services for people facing complex social issues can be made more sustainable and effective.

Harriet came to the Foundation from a stint as Acting Director of the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID), a national membership organization for groups who visit people held in indefinite detention in the UK.  Prior to that, she led a local community organization for the Gypsy and Traveller communities.  Harriet has a particular interest in social justice issues arising from migration and mobility and has pursued this through postgraduate study and research.

Having seen first hand the way in which increasingly challenging and complex social issues are affecting communities, as well as the unique role and reach of small charities in addressing them, Harriet is excited to be working in an organization and role which is highly strategic in providing resources to support vital work in this area.

Outside of work Harriet enjoys cooking, yoga, writing and trying to create a garden on her tiny balcony in North East London. 

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Alex Van Vliet

Research and Learning Manager

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

Head of Communications

Annie is the Foundation’s Head of Communications, 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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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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Leigh Jenkins

Programme Support 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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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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Frances Lawrence

Programme 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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Ella Davey

Programme Co-ordinator

Ella joined the Foundation in April 2019. 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 Enhance programme to help charities develop further.

Before joining the Foundation, Ella worked as a Research Assistant in the Amazon collecting abundance and diversity data on reptiles and amphibians. Previously she worked at a small consultancy firm for charities coordinating learning and development programmes.

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Olivia Morrison

Programme Co-ordinator

Olivia joined the Foundation in April 2019. 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, reviewing grant applications and working with Enhance support suppliers.

Before joining the Foundation, Olivia volunteered as the Youth and Communications Intern at the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm, Sweden. She is currently undertaking an MSc in International Development. 

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Rachel Cain

Public Affairs and National Programmes Officer

Rachel focuses on amplifying the voices of small and local charities, using their expertise to influence policy and practice to address the root causes of complex social issues.

Before joining Lloyds Bank Foundation, Rachel managed the Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s Social Change Project, which aimed to learn from successful campaigns and examples of positive change, to strengthen future efforts. She was previously a Senior Researcher at the Directory of Social Change, working on research, policy and campaigns to support charities to thrive.She has a degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford and, after graduating, set up a project with her local MP to improve access to Oxbridge universities and encourage young people to aim high.

Rachel is from Liverpool and is passionate about her home city.

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Helen Underwood

Communications Officer – Events

Helen joined the Foundation in April 2018 to take on the newly created role of Events & Communications Officer. Helen’s focus is on delivering and creating events which showcase, support and develop the work of small and local charities. Before joining the Foundation Helen worked in the world of sport; firstly, in a community sport development role and then with The Sport and Recreation Alliance where she delivered conferences and training about policy and governance for senior leaders within the sector. Helen is excited to be working in the charity sector and to learn all about the work of small and local charities across England and Wales.  

Outside of work, Helen is a volunteer gymnastics coach and enjoys running around London with her running club.

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Charlotte Carter

Learning and Evaluation Officer

Charlotte joined the team at Lloyds Bank Foundation in October 2018 in the role of Learning and Evaluation Officer. In this role she undertakes evaluation work across Lloyds Bank Foundation, ensuring that we harness insights from our grantees and helping to develop learning initiatives.

Charlotte’s prior experience lies in social research and creative project coordination in the charity sector, often around service user involvement and prioritising lived experience. She’s excited to be further developing her commitment to small charities. Charlotte has recently completed a MA in Human Rights. When not at work, you’ll find her planning a trip somewhere outside of London, or painting.   

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Stephanie Hubbard

Communications Officer - Digital

Stephanie joined Lloyds Bank Foundation in January 2018. She promotes the work of Lloyds Bank Foundation and the value of small and local charities across all digital channels.

Before joining Lloyds Bank Foundation, Stephanie worked in and researched disaster risk reduction in Nepal, with a focus on community engagement and disability inclusion.  Previously she worked in communications roles across Australia and the Pacific, in charities focussed on youth development, disability and health advocacy. 

When she's not working, Stephanie enjoys making the most of what London and the UK have to offer – particularly the food, outdoor experiences and museums.

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Michele Lester

Head of Grants, North and Wales

Michele manages a team of 5 regionally based grant managers based in the North of England, Wales and the West Midlands, She has been with the Foundation for the last 10 years, initially as a grant manager and most recently undertook a secondment as business development manager and became Head of Grants North in March 2018.

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 the third sector and public sector, most significantly eight years with BIG Lottery Fund, as a Grants Officer and subsequently Programme Manager.

Michele 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.

Michele has two grown up children and two grandchildren.

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Oliver Williams

Head of Grants, South

Oliver joined Lloyds Bank Foundation in July 2018 from Premiership Rugby, where he looked after the national education, health, social inclusion and capacity building community programmes delivered by England's professional rugby union clubs.

Before that he worked at Spirit of 2012, a grant-making trust set up as part of the legacy of London 2012 to promote wellbeing, challenge perceptions of disability and impairment and improve social cohesion. He previously held roles in small charities and trade unions mainly focused on education, social mobility and youth leadership.

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Emma Tregear

Data Analyst

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 Warwick

Grant Manager - East of England and North-East London

Frances joined Lloyds Bank Foundation in 2017. having previously worked at another trust.  Before that, Frances worked in the Civil Service after beginning her career in the Probation Service.

Frances enjoys getting out and meeting charities, especially seeing what they are doing on the ground, meeting beneficiaries and seeing the difference Lloyds Bank Foundation grantees make to people’s lives.

When she’s not working, Frances enjoys cooking and walking her Dachshund, Ruby.

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Clare Rance

Grant Manager - 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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Gary Beharrell

Grant Manager - 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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Carlos Chavez

Grant Manager - Yorkshire and the Humber

Carlos joined Lloyds Bank Foundation in March 2018. Before working with us, he was a Grant Manager at the Leeds Community Foundation for almost 12 years.

Carlos enjoys working closely with charities, particularly on the additional development support Lloyds Bank Foundation provides.

In his spare time, Carlos likes to go on walks with his wife and his dog Narla – although he says his three sons have now outgrown walking with their parents.

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Marie Hale

Grant Manager - South Central

Marie joined Lloyds Bank Foundation in 2018. Since 2000, Marie has worked in various roles within the voluntary sector including project management and as a Director of Services.  Before joining Lloyds Bank Foundation she was Grants Manager at Trusthouse Charitable Foundation and before that a Grants Officer for The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon. 

Prior to 2000 she was a qualified nurse specialising in Spinal Injuries and Intensive Care and then studied for a degree in Accountancy.  Following the end of her degree, she worked in Wales as a Trainee Accountant for the NHS. 

Marie enjoys travelling, walking and spending time with her family.

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Ella Sips

Grant Manager - North West

Ella joined Lloyds Bank Foundation in May 2018. She has worked in the voluntary sector for more than 20 years. Starting as a Volunteer Centre Manager with a CVS in the West Midlands, she moved into supporting and training charities - helping them build links with local businesses - before taking on the CEO role of a CVS in Cheshire.

Ella enjoys working with the voluntary sector in the North West to build relationships and to support charities to do what they do best.

Her background is in Industrial Engineering and Business Management, which accounts for her passion for all things technical and digital.

Ella likes to spend her spare time with her family, walking, digging in the garden and renovating her house.

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Neil Shashoua

Grant Manager - North East and Cumbria

Neil joined the Foundation in January 2019, having worked in the voluntary and community sector in the North East and Cumbria for over 20 years and for local authorities in the region for 11 years. He brought with him experience of providing operational and strategic support to local, regional and national charities, mainly in the health & social care fields.

Before starting with the Foundation he ran a voluntary sector consortium, was an independent evaluator, and managed a number of projects.

When not at work Neil is an active peer counsellor, volunteers as a Scout Leader in Northumberland and runs with his local club.

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Mike Lewis

Grant Manager - Wales

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

Grant Manager - 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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Sara Cooney

Grant Manager - London and Surrey

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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Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE

Chair

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 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 Chair of the not-for-profit IT company Nominet, 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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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 the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Lloyds Banking Group. Kate is responsible for advising the Board and Senior Executives on legal and governance matters and sits on the executive committee. Kate is also a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Widows plc.

Kate is passionate about Inclusion & Diversity and previously co-chaired Breakthrough, the LBG’s women’s network which has a membership of c.15,000 people. She is a Trustee of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales and a member of the Advisory Council of Justice.

Kate joined the Group Legal team at Lloyds TSB Group in 2005. Before being appointed Group General Counsel, Kate held a number of senior positions including Deputy Group General Counsel and General Counsel for Group Legal. Prior to joining Lloyds TSB, Kate was a corporate lawyer at a magic circle firm specialising in M&A transactions and before that ran a commercial art gallery in London for five years.

Kate lives in London with her husband and 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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Professor Akwugo Emejulu

Akwugo Emejulu is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her research interests include the political sociology of race, class and gender and women of colour's grassroots activism in Europe and the United States.

She is the co-principal investigator of the Open Society Foundation research project, Women of Colour Resist, a six-nation (Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and the UK) study which examines how women of colour are organising for equality in this moment of far-right backlash across Europe.

Before entering academia, she worked in a variety of grassroots roles—as a community organiser, a trade union organiser and a participatory action researcher—in both the United States and in Britain.

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Paul Farmer, CBE

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 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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Gareth Oakley

Gareth currently serves as Managing Director Business Banking at Lloyds Banking Group, a role where he has responsibility for a million business customers.

He has over 29 years of experience in banking. He has run a number of large businesses within many of the Bank’s divisions including Retail Banking, Wealth Management and Commercial and is currently Chairman of the UK Finance Corporate and Commercial board.

Gareth was also formerly Chairman of the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) and Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for the East.

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Jo Harris

Jo Harris is Group Customer Services Director 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 European Union Youth Orchestra and a Non-Executive Director of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service.

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

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Becky Shaw

Becky Shaw is an experienced public sector leader with a proven track record of delivering effective and innovative local public services in partnership with the community, voluntary sector and other stakeholders.

She has extensive experience as a volunteer and trustee of various small charities and is currently a Trustee of the Rona Sailing Project, which has enriched the lives of more than 20,000 young people through sailing tall ships.

Becky has a particular interest in leadership, learning and development in all sectors and is the policy lead for both the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and also the Association of County Chief Executives.

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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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Sara Weller, CBE

Sara is a non-executive director at United Utilities, Department of Work and Pensions and at Lloyds Banking Group, and sits on the main Council at Cambridge University.

As a non-executive director at Lloyds Banking Group, she has been instrumental in shaping the bank’s approach to Helping Britain Prosper, and its financial inclusion programmes, and now furthers her impact on helping create a more inclusive society and thriving economy, working directly with the Foundation through its Board.

Before joining Lloyds Banking Group in 2012, Sara had been running Argos, having previously worked at other well-known brands including Sainsbury’s, Mars and Abbey National.
Sara brings a wealth of business experience and insights to the Foundation’s Board, and a passion for its work in tackling disadvantage and creating opportunity for all.

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Dr Neil Wooding

Dr Neil Wooding works as Chief People Officer 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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