Our Team

NCF staff stand wearing pink hoodies outside
The Community Foundation team has unrivalled knowledge of community issues, experience of working with philanthropists from all walks of life and a track record of effective and efficient governance, finance and management.

Our Trustees and Patrons

Henry Cator OBE, DL, Chair
Henry has lived in Norfolk all his life. A qualified chartered surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has worked as a land agent for over 30 years. His family manage a mixed farm around his home on the Norfolk Broads. Henry is a Deputy Lieutenant for the county and is the High Steward of Great Yarmouth, having taken up office in October 2013. He was previously High Sheriff of Norfolk for 2012-13. He has been Chairman of a number of organisations. He is the independent Chairman of WRE (Water Resources East) and is currently Chairman of Trustees for Norwich Cathedral Trust having successfully led the campaign to raise £12.3M for the building of the new Refectory and Hostry buildings at Norwich Cathedral. Henry was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours list for his services to the community in Norfolk and is a Lay Canon at Norwich Cathedral.

Jo Pearson, Vice Chair
Jo spent 35 years involved in the family regional waste business and is a member of the Chartered Institution of Waste Management. He now sits on several boards in various commercial roles and interests. Born and bred a Thetford man, Jo has lived in the County he loves his whole life. Jo has for many years been both member and chair of Round Table and 41 Club, is a Governor at Thetford Grammar School and Trustee of the Zoological Society of East Anglia. A keen supporter of the “Canaries”, Jo also enjoys boating and being by the Sea.

Ed Savory, Company Secretary
Ed is a fourth generation Norfolk solicitor and a partner in the Norwich office of Birketts LLP, an ambitious law firm with offices throughout East Anglia and London. Having qualified in 2006, Ed advises on company mergers and acquisitions with many clients being SMEs based in the region. Many of the transactions involve Ed working closely with business owners to transition to the next level, including through trade sales, management buy-outs and divestment to private equity investors. Ed heads up the firm’s Food Sector and also manages the partnership with the EDP Future50 project, which supports fast growing innovative companies in Norfolk and Suffolk. With deep roots in Norfolk, Ed is dedicated to working with various organisations in order to enhance the county for everyone whether through charitable means (including with the Norfolk Community Foundation) or through environmental projects linked to agriculture.

Stephen Allen
Stephen is Norfolk born and qualified as an Accountant in 1976. He did his training in Norwich with Lovewell Blake, before moving to London and joining what was then Coopers & Lybrand. He subsequently left the accountancy professional and worked in stock broking and banking before moving back to Norfolk. Since 1998 Stephen has been the Finance Partner/Consultant for Brown & Co, the property and business consultants. Stephen loves Norfolk and all that it has to offer; he is never happier than when he is sailing and fishing its waters or just travelling around the County. Stephen is married to Fuff and they have three grown up sons.

Simon Bailey
Simon is the former Chief Constable of Norfolk and has a strong understanding of the issues facing the most vulnerable locally. He has considerable experience in protecting some of the most vulnerable in our communities and in the area of online safety.

Simon Brickles
Simon is a former barrister and has created or operated several stock markets and is an experienced director of both listed and private companies. He is an expert in corporate governance.

Lady Kay Fisher
Kay has been involved in local government for 30 years, both in St Edmundsbury, Suffolk and Breckland in Norfolk. She has also held positions as a Non Exec Director of the Mid Anglia Community Trust in Suffolk, trustee of Rethink (a national mental health charity), regional Chairman and former trustee of EACH, and currently a Mental Health Act manager for the Suffolk & Norfolk NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a Governor of the Thetford Academy, a patron of the Thetford Grammar School, the Priory School (SENDAT) in Bury St Edmunds and the YMCA Norfolk. She is also involved in the family farming business and various charitable projects in Thetford.

Andrew Jamieson
Andrew was born at Thornham in Norfolk. After an initial career in London with Vickers da Costa and Robert Fleming, his time in investment banking was spent in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Mumbai. Since 2004 he has built up and operated a number of companies, both in financial services and more generally. He has been the County Councillor for North Coast, Norfolk since 2017 and in 2019 was appointed to the Cabinet at Norfolk County Council as Member for Finance.

Fiona McDiarmid
Fiona came to Norfolk in 2002 to establish the Connexions Service as its Chief Executive. She then moved to the County Council as Assistant Director for Economic Development and Strategy in 2009 and was appointed in April 2017 to the Strategy Director role. In 2019 Fiona was appointed as one of 5 Executive Directors, leading the Strategy & Governance Department. Before joining the County Council Fiona worked in three different local authorities as well as a not for profit social business (‘INCLUDE’). Much of her early experience was with social services in both operational and policy and strategy roles. Fiona lives in central Norwich with her son Cameron and enjoys being able to walk to its many attractions as well as being within driving distance of Norfolk’s beautiful coastline, the perfect combination!

Jessica Middleton
Jessica is the Insight Manager for Impact at BBC Children in Need leading on key insight and learning initiatives into the lives of children and young people across the UK. She is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow with a range of experience working and volunteering in the voluntary and community sector including over 10 years making and managing grants across the East of England. Originally from Cornwall, Jessica has lived in Norwich for over 14 years. She is co-founder and committee member of the Golden Triangle Girls Women’s Institute in Norwich and a committee member of the Norfolk Women’s Fund.

Nicholas Pratt, DL
Nicholas has lived his entire adult life in Norfolk, having helped to run his family farm near Downham Market with his late father. He is married to wife Julia and has three children. Alongside the family farm, Nicholas’ Agricultural Contracting business has been running for 26 years. His main interests include the environment and climate change; Nicholas has been a part of the Game Conservancy Norfolk Committee for nearly 10 years. He was appointed the High Sheriff of Norfolk for 2015-2016, and is currently a Trustee of St. Margaret’s Minster Kings Lynn.

Dr Rosalyn Proops MBE
Rosalyn moved to Norfolk with her family over 35 years ago to work in Norfolk hospitals. Before retiring a few years ago, Rosalyn was a paediatrician in the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. During her paediatric career, Rosalyn worked with national agencies and organisations concerned with Children and Young People. This included work around Safeguarding, Youth Justice and Mental Health. Since retiring, Rosalyn continues to enjoy life in Norfolk.

Richard Ross
Born in Norwich and educated in Norfolk, Richard has spent most of his life living in and around the city, where he is a director of a wealth management company. He started his first business shortly after leaving school and enjoys the entrepreneurial challenge. He is particularly interested in the ‘big picture’ systemic changes needed to improve the life chances of disadvantaged and marginalised young people. He spent ten years supporting a young person in care as an independent visitor with Action for Children where he was able to see first-hand the challenges damaged children faced. He sits on the Strategic Board of the UEA School of Economics and is the founder of The Sounding Board, a not-for-profit initiative to help businesses facing difficult decisions. He is married with three children and three grandchildren. At weekends he enjoys hill walking, cycles long distances very slowly (he completed Lands End to John O’Groats in 9½ days) and describes himself as a very pedestrian rugby player. He is particularly proud to be President of Norwich Union RFC – a remarkable achievement, as anyone who had seen him play would agree.

Jenny Watson CBE
Jenny has over twenty five years’ board experience in the charity, public, private and not for profit sectors. She is currently a non-executive director on the board of the Financial Reporting Council and the Reclaim Fund Ltd, and the chair of GAMSTOP and the House of St Barnabas. Previous board experience includes roles as chair of the Electoral Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission. She has had a local connection to Norfolk for over 15 years.

Joint Patrons:
Lady Pippa Dannatt, Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk
The Rt Rev Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich

Founding Patrons:
The Rt Rev Graham James, Former Bishop of Norwich
Sir Richard Jewson, Former Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk