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.

Claire Cullens

Chief Executive

Claire Cullens

Chief Executive

Claire

Clive Rayner

Grants Officer

Clive Rayner

Grants Officer

Clive

Ellie Cleary

Grants Assistant

Ellie Cleary

Grants Assistant

Ellie

Esther Platten

Philanthropy Advisor

Esther Platten

Philanthropy Advisor

Esther

Helen Tuttle

Engagement Coordinator

Helen Tuttle

Engagement Coordinator

Helen

Jenny Bevan

Head of Programmes

Jenny Bevan

Head of Programmes

Jenny

Jo Maddocks

Grants Officer

Jo Maddocks

Grants Officer

Jo

Joanne Dale

Finance Manager

Joanne Dale

Finance Manager

Joanne

Karen Hutchinson

Office Manager/PA

Karen Hutchinson

Office Manager/PA

Karen

Mark Mower

Knowledge Development Manager

Mark Mower

Knowledge Development Manager

Mark

Ruth Goram

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Ruth Goram

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Ruth

Sara Herschel-Shorland

Finance Coordinator

Sara Herschel-Shorland

Finance Coordinator

Sara

Stefanie Pearson

Grants Officer

Stefanie Pearson

Grants Officer

Stefanie

Susan Ringwood

Philanthropy Advisor

Susan Ringwood

Philanthropy Advisor

Susan

Our Trustees and Patrons

The executive team are supported by a team of trustees who share ultimate responsibility for our governance.

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.

Martin Webster, Secretary
Martin is a partner in the international law firm, Pinsent Masons, specialising in corporate governance, company secretarial issues and board room advice. He is the editor and lead author of The Director’s Handbook, the Institute of Directors’ guide to a director’s duties, responsibilities and liabilities, now in its third edition.

Caroline Money
Caroline has over 30 years working in the public sector in London, Suffolk and Norfolk. She has been involved in numerous county wide partnerships and currently works for Norfolk County Council. She has held numerous voluntary roles within the local community over the years, such as churchwarden, school governor and working with Pets as Therapy.

Virginia Edgecombe
Virginia (known as Ginnie) is a solicitor and partner at Mills & Reeve LLP specialising in private client work. She moved to Norfolk 8 years ago when she married, having worked in the City of London for 10 years. She is also on the management committee of Norfolk Can Inspire and is the Honorary Solicitor to Friends of Norwich Museums as well as being an active member of her church in North Elmham. She likes to spend her free time with family and friends.

Peter Franzen
Peter spent 40 years in journalism and was editor of the Eastern Daily Press for 16 years. Following retirement he joined the board of the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, where he served six years as chairman and deputy chairman, retiring in October 2016 at the end of his maximum term. He is now a member of the North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group governing body with special responsibility for GP services. He is an avid Norwich City fan and a keen (but distinctly average) golfer. He is a member of the Standards Committee of Norwich City Council and chairman of the Remuneration Panel of South Norfolk Council.

Tim Seeley
Tim Seeley has had a successful long term career at Barclays. He currently holds the position of Head of Team for East Anglian Corporate Banking and is the National Head of Agribusiness. He has over 25 years’ experience within the voluntary sector and has raised in excess of £250,000 which has benefited many organisations and helped build awareness for their causes. Tim is married and has two daughters.

Michael Gurney
Michael has over 30 years’ experience in marketing, working with a wide range of different national and local businesses. Michael is passionate about Norfolk; and supporting causes and communities in the county. He is also a farmer, a member of the Norwich Diocesan Board of Finance and on the advisory board of the Norwich Business School. He loves walking, travelling and being out in the Norfolk countryside.

Nicholas Pratt
Nicholas has lived most of his 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’s 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.

Lady Kay Fisher
Kay Fisher 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.

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.

Michelle Raper
Michelle spent the first 16 years of her career at Barclays bank before joining Rostrons Chartered Accountants in 2002 and qualifying as an accountant in 2005. As joint owner of Rostrons, Michelle is passionate about helping people succeed whatever that may look like for them. Equally, passionate about Norfolk, Michelle considers herself incredibly lucky to make her life here and a responsibility for trying to give something back in to our community. As a result, Rostrons has been a member of the Norfolk 100 through the Norfolk Community Foundation since 2011 and Michelle together with her co-owner has founded an organisation called We Can to help women in the region achieve their career aspirations.

Patrons:
Richard Jewson, HM Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Joint Patron of Norfolk Community Foundation “Norfolk has given a great deal to a great many people and organisations. Now we can show our gratitude by giving something back and watching it grow and support our communities now and in the future.”

The Rt Rev Graham James, Lord Bishop of Norwich, Joint Patron of Norfolk Community Foundation “Norfolk Community Foundation will benefit us all, and help us care for each other better.”

Vice Patrons:
Lord Theodore Agnew, Robert Ashton, Sir Nicholas Bacon Bt DL, Sir Jeremy Bagge Bt DL, Caroline Barratt, Charles Barratt, Carol Bundock DL, Charlotte Carter, Peter Colby, Graham Dacre, Christopher Dicker, Peter Franzen OBE, Paul Morgan, Ardeshir Naghshineh, The Rt Hon Baroness Shephard of Northwold JP DL, Tim Procter, Anne Sloman OBE and David Wright.