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


  • 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.


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.


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.



Clockwise: Sarah Harrison – Administrator, Sheenagh Davis – Grants Officer, Claire Frowd – Finance Officer and Bridie Sullivan – CEO.

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


Frank Myers MBE

Frank Myers MBE


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


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


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


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


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.

Caroline Rixon

Caroline Rixon


Caroline has lived in Hereford for over 20 years and has one daughter. She has been involved in businesses in the UK and internationally for over forty years. Caroline has also been instrumental in the setting up of several organisations, private and charitable, the most recent being a Community Interest Broadband Company created to connect a local area of Herefordshire that previously had no reliable internet service.
She is currently working with the management team to develop this Company into a local platform to service the social and pastoral needs of the community, so it can then be used as a blue print for other disconnected rural areas.
She joined the Herefordshire Community Foundation as a trustee in July 2019.

Will Lindesay

Will Lindesay


Will is the Chief Executive at HVOSS, Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service, the leading infrastructure support organisation in Herefordshire. 

Will played a leading role in establishing HVOSS following a merger of 3 local support services in 2012. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Herefordshire Voluntary Action for 6 years.

Will is Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Herefordshire, assisting the Lord Lieutenant in carrying out her role as the Queen’s representative.

Will is a keen sports enthusiast and has had a successful amateur football career over the years. He has also completed 2 London marathons in 2006 and 2016 raising money for charity.

Will re-joined the Board of Trustees in November 2019.


Laura Hughes

Laura Hughes


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.

Louise Stevenson

Louise Stevenson


Louise has almost 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications roles in a range of organisations from the National Trust to, more recently, FTSE 100 financial services institutions. She spent a number of years working with Worcestershire and Herefordshire County Councils supporting their Children’s Services and Children’s Social Care teams with communications, media and marketing, including campaign management, crisis communications and media advice for schools and education services.

More recently, with her husband, Louise became the Co-Founder of a new coworking space in Hereford providing community workspace for freelance and self employed workers and small businesses. She has also founded and created a mental health app called WorryTree and provides freelance marketing support to schools, businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

Louise is a Director of the Diocese of Hereford Multi-Academy Trust and also leads a patient advocacy group for an innovative digital mental health company in Cambridge.

Louise joined the Board of Trustees in June 2020.

Philippa Spens

Philippa Spens


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


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


Karen has worked in Herefordshire since 1987 and lived here since 1996. Her first career was in education and training, when 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.




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  1. Our Approach to Complaints

1.1 Herefordshire Community Foundation (HCF) aims to deal with all matters in a fair way which reflects the charity's aims and objectives. However, from time to time things may go wrong and in such cases, individuals may seek to complain. The purpose of this policy is to provide an efficient, transparent and fair way of dealing with any complaint.

1.2 Herefordshire Community Foundation is committed to providing a quality service to our stakeholders. Staff also strive to present themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times. One of the ways in which the charity can continue to improve the service we offer is to listen and respond to the views of all our stakeholders, therefore HCF aims to ensure that:

  • there is an open and transparent procedure for making a complaint.
  • the complaints procedure is publicised so that people know how to contact us to make a complaint.
  • the complaint is dealt with promptly, politely and appropriately.
  • there is an appropriate response such as an explanation, an apology where we have got things wrong or information on any action taken.
  • lessons are learnt from complaints which are used to improve our service.
  • a confidential file of all complaints is kept centrally.
  1. How to Make a Complaint

2.1 If you have a complaint, please contact us as soon as possible.

2.2 All complaints should be made in writing by e-mail or letter. When writing or e-mailing your complaint, appropriate contact details should be provided such as an email address or a full postal address. Please address your complaint to: 

The CEO,
Herefordshire Community Foundation,
The Fred Bulmer Centre, Wall Street,
Hereford HR4 9HP

E-mail: ceo@herefordshirecf.co.uk

2.3 If the complaint relates to the CEO, the complaint should be made in writing by letter or email to the Chair of the Trustees at the above address or email:


  1. The Process - Grants

3.1 Complaints relating to grant-making will be assessed by the CEO and a response will be sent within 5 working days of receipt. If it is not possible to issue a full reply within this time because a detailed investigation is required we will tell you what is being done to deal with your complaint, when you can expect the full reply and from whom. The CEO is required to report all complaints to the charity's board so they can monitor the handling of the complaint and ensure an appropriate response is given.

3.2 If you are not satisfied with the final response from the CEO you may ask for your complaint to be referred to the Chair of the Trustees for further investigation.

3.3  The referral will be acknowledged within 5 days of receipt and the Chair of the Board will aim to produce a decision within 20 days. If this is not possible you will be told what is being done to deal with your complaint and when you can expect the reply.

3.4 If following this second response you remain dissatisfied and if the nature of your complaint relates to funding received or not received, you can re-direct your complaint to the funding body where this is appropriate.

  1. The Process - Other complaints

4.1 Complaints relating to any non-grant making issue will be dealt with by the CEO and a response will be sent within 5 working days of receipt. If it is not possible to issue a full reply within this time because a detailed investigation is required we will tell you what is being done to deal with your complaint, when you can expect the full reply and from whom. Again, all complaints will be notified to the Board of Trustees so that they can monitor the action taken.

4.2 If you are not satisfied with the response from the CEO, you may ask for your complaint to be referred to the Chair of the Trustees.

4.3 The referral will be acknowledged within 5 days of receipt and the Chair of the Trustees will aim to produce a decision within 20 days. If this is not possible you will be told what is being done to deal with your complaint and when you can expect the reply. Any decision will be final.

External stage

Complaints that are sufficiently serious may be taken to the Charity Commission at any stage. Information about the kind of complaints the Commission can involve itself in may be found on their website at: charitycommission.gov.uk/publications/cc47.aspx