ABOUT US

FOUNDED

2002

£4,580,335

FINANCIAL ASSETS

ENDOWED ASSETS

£4,032,777

331

GRANTS IN 2019/2020 FINANCIAL YEAR

2019/2020 FINANCIAL YEAR GRANT AMOUNT

£513,764.25

THIS IS DANCEFEST, AN ORGANISATION PROMOTING DANCE DEVELOPMENT IN HEREFORDSHIRE

ABOUT US – WHAT WE DO

In Herefordshire, for Herefordshire – that’s why the Herefordshire Community Foundation exists. An independent charity making a real difference in and for our county.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS…

  • Focus on fund development to give local communities an improved quality of life. We recognise that communities and voluntary organisations are the social ‘glue’ that binds our county together.
  • Help donors who want their charitable giving concentrated locally, secured over time and focused on specific aims.
  • Use locally-chosen, responsible trustees who understand Herefordshire’s needs.
  • Build local funds, so that help to the community can be long lasting. We know that the people of Herefordshire are generous in raising funds for good causes in the county. Our long-term endowment funds add to this, and safeguard monies for the future.
  • Handle funds on behalf of Government, Big Lottery Fund and other national organisations. Our knowledge of local networks means that funds reach those in need most efficiently.
  • Uniquely, we can give Government-funded grants and get GiftAid on donations destined for small organisations not registered as charities, who would otherwise be ineligible.
THROUGH ITS COMIC RELIEF FUND, HCF HELPED DANCEFEST’S JIGSAW PROJECT, WORKING WITH DISABLED AND NON-DISABLED PEOPLE IN HEREFORDSHIRE

ABOUT US – MEET THE TEAM

HCF has a board of trustees closely connected with different communities and interests in Herefordshire. Trustees are volunteers in line with our charitable status.

We are assisted by specialists who make recommendations. These grants panel members are selected for their expert knowledge of Herefordshire, its communities and the voluntary and community level organisations.

OUR PATRONS

Mr Edward Harley OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire.

The Right Reverend Bishop of Hereford.

President: W. Lawrence Banks CBE, DL.

Lawrence Banks was the first chairman of the Foundation, from its inception in 2002. His family have lived in Kington for almost 200 years and have supported many causes in Herefordshire over that time. He has his own named fund with the Herefordshire Community Foundation.

 

HEREFORDSHIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TEAM

Clockwise: Bridie Sullivan – CEO, Claire Frowd – Finance Officer, Gaynor Abel – Grants Administrator,  Sheenagh Davis – Grants Officer.

We are all very happy to help with any questions that you may have.

THE TRUSTEES

Frank Myers MBE

Frank Myers MBE

Chairman

Frank Myers is a professional manager and management consultant with extensive experience of research and development, and business performance improvement.

He is currently chairman of the Herefordshire Business Board and a board member of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

Oliver Cooke

Oliver Cooke

Trustee

Oliver has over 30 years of financial and business development experience gained in a range of quoted and private companies including over ten years’ experience as a Public Company Director. He has considerable experience in the fields of acquisitions, disposals, fundraising, turnarounds, restructuring and strategic transformation. He is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Oliver moved to Herefordshire with his wife and three daughters in 2010 and wishes that he had made the move many years earlier!

Geoff Hughes

Geoff Hughes

Trustee

Geoff joined the Foundation as a Trustee in January, 2019. He has wide experience in economic and community development and working in a range of complex partnerships. Geoff is self-employed and is currently supporting the development of the new university in Hereford as well as working on economic regeneration projects around the country.

Geoff previously had worked for Herefordshire Council since its formation in 1998 until September 2018. Prior to working in Herefordshire, Geoff worked for a number of local authorities and a New Town Development Corporation in the North East of England.

Geoff is a Herefordian who lives locally and is married with two boys.

Antony Lowther

Antony Lowther

Trustee

Antony was born in Herefordshire and had the good fortune to be able to return to the county, after working away for a few years, to join the family business which supplies steel framed buildings across the country. He has been actively involved in the third sector through several local charitable organisations.

Beata Davison

Beata Davison

Trustee

Beata was born in Hungary, and moved to the UK 25 years ago.
She is a community paediatrician, working mainly with children who have
neurodevelopmental disabilities, long term or lifelong conditions. She works
closely with many health care providers, schools, social care and mental health teams. She is also involved with quality improvement projects in the NHS, working on clinical care pathways.
She has an insight into the running of a business, through her husband who has an international horticultural company based in Ledbury.
She has a keen interest in fund raising, and has been on the executive
committee of the Upton NSPCC for 14 years.
She joined the HCF in the summer of 2019.

Laura Hughes

Laura Hughes

Trustee

Laura is a director of a local, family run Hereford company. Prior to this, she trained and worked in retail management.

She is an energetic, ambitious individual who adopts a mature and responsible approach. She works across many different business sectors and with a wide range of partners, customers and suppliers. Working for a small business she wears many different hats.

Born in Hereford, she is passionate about the local community and in particular, the voice of young business owners.
Balancing a hectic life of running a business alongside raising three young boys with her partner, Laura is understandably invested in the future of Hereford and its diverse community.

Laura became a Trustee in June 2020.

Philippa Spens

Philippa Spens

Trustee

Philippa has worked in finance and charities in various roles over thirty years.

Most recently she was CEO of Herefordshire Community Foundation and has excellent knowledge of the third sector in Herefordshire and the county’s needs.

Philippa became a Trustee in January 2021.

Shelagh Wynn

Shelagh Wynn

Trustee

Shelagh worked as an NHS doctor for over 30 years, and was based at the National Hospital in London before retiring to Herefordshire with her husband in 2011.

Since then, she has become involved in county life as a trustee of a horticultural therapy charity, and was a Board member of the trust responsible for Hereford’s new university project in its early phase.

She is also a governor of a local girls school and a member of the Brookfield School Academy trust. Her belief in education as a way to improve life chances persuaded HCF to set up charitable student bursaries which have been helping disadvantaged young people from Herefordshire since 2014.

She re-joined the Board in November 2020.

Karen Hall

Karen Hall

Trustee

Karen has worked in Herefordshire since 1987 and lived here since 1996. Her first career was in education and training, where she taught IT, and worked with universities across the UK and government agencies in developing policy and quality standards for disabled students in higher education, including as chair of a national representative organisation.

Her ‘second career’ was in social care, as chief executive of Aspire Living, a charity and the largest provider of support for people with learning disability in Herefordshire, to early 2021, which Karen describes as the best job, with the best people, anyone could wish for.

Karen is committed to working with and for the county she loves, and community she lives in. She is particularly passionate about equality of opportunity and personal and community resilience. She lives in the city with her husband Tim and Roly the wire fox terrier.

Karen became a Trustee in January 2021.

 

JOBS

CURRENT VACANCIES

We currently have no positions available.

WITH OUR HELP, THE QUAKE CAFE AT THE BRASSHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE, HAS BEEN GIVING CHEF SKILLS TO YOUNG WOMEN

ABOUT US – ACCOUNTS AND ANNUAL REPORTS

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THE HEREFORD ARTS AND OLDER PEOPLE PROJECT GOT PERFORMANCE FUNDING