The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has appointed Duncan Shrubsole as director of policy, partnerships and communications. Duncan will take up the position at the end of May and will be responsible for maximising the Foundation’s impact and profile by building partnerships and influencing national agendas through policy and practice, as part of its new funding strategy.

Duncan was previously director of policy and external affairs for national homelessness charity Crisis where he led the policy, communications, campaigns and research functions. During his term at Crisis, he secured a range of changes to policy and practice and developed and delivered a new programme to help homeless people access accommodation in the private rented sector, working with over 150 local organisations and backed by nearly £14m of funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government. He is also a trustee of the East End Citizens Advice Bureau and a board member of the Old Ford Housing Association in Tower Hamlets. Speaking on his appointment, Duncan said, “I am very pleased to be joining the Foundation at a time when they are changing their new strategy to focus on tackling multiple disadvantage. This new role will help us ensure that the experience and learning from organisations working at the coalface across England and Wales are heard in the corridors of Westminster, Whitehall and Cardiff Bay. I look forward to working at the Foundation and to getting started towards achieving this.”

Paul Streets, chief executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation, said, “Our new strategy will help us to support and champion the work of charities to tackle disadvantage and create better lives. Duncan brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in policy, partnerships and communications and I look forward to welcoming him to the Foundation.”

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales receives its funding from Lloyds Banking Group and enables charities to break out of disadvantage by providing a secure and sustainable approach to grant making. To find out more information about the Foundation, visit


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Notes to editors:

  • The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives, and promotes practical approaches to lasting change.
  • Since inception, the Foundation has awarded over £330 million in grants to 42,000 charities across all local authorities in England and Wales.
  • The Foundation is an independent registered charity and one of four Foundations which cover England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. It derives its income from Lloyds Banking Group through a deed of covenant and has a nine year rolling funding agreement in place.
  • The current Community Programme funds regional charities with an income of up to £1 million and national charities with an income of up to £5 million to help support their work with disadvantaged people and communities.
  • Full information including criteria and guidelines for the Community programme is available at, by calling 0870 411 1223 or by emailing
  • Criteria and guidelines for the Foundation’s new Invest and Enable funding programmes will be available in April.