Nigel Annett

Trustee, Community Foundation in Wales

Nigel Annett

After college in Scotland and then London, Nigel’s first career was in investment banking.  Ten years on and deciding it was time to do a “proper job” he left the City to join the newly privatised Welsh Water PLC as Planning Director.  That City experience though was to prove invaluable when with Chris Jones, his successor as CEO of Welsh Water, Nigel formed Glas Cymru, the not-for-profit company that eventually succeeded in taking over the ownership of Welsh Water in 2001.   The £2 billion bond issue that financed the takeover is still one of the largest City transactions of its kind.  Since leaving Welsh Water nearly 3 years ago, Nigel has become a trustee of the Community Foundation in Wales and holds a number of other non-executive roles, all with a mutual or not-for-profit purpose.  Nigel lives in a converted barn high up in the Brecon Beacons with his partner Julia and lots of chickens and has been struggling to reach fluency in Welsh for far too long.

Dawn Austwick

Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund

Dawn Austwick

Prior to joining the Big Lottery Fund Dawn was Chief Executive at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and previously Deputy Director of the British Museum, Project Director of Tate Modern, a Principal Consultant at KPMG and Theatre Manager of the Half Moon Theatre. Dawn has an MBA from the London Business School and an honorary doctorate from London Metropolitan University. Dawn is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Policy Research at the University of Bath and of the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investment. She is currently a Trustee of the London Marathon Charitable Trust and was previously a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces from 2007 – 2016, the Woodland Trust from 2001 – 2008 and was a Director of Big Society Capital during its start-up phase until September 2013. In her spare time Dawn is a Gooner, occasionally practises yoga and goes to the theatre.

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker

President and CEO, The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is an organisation dedicated to connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. As the chief executive officer at the Community Foundation, Clotilde has led a focused growth and impact strategy. Under her leadership the Community Foundation has facilitated numerous public/private sector collaborations focused on systems change. These efforts have addressed issues such as school readiness, post-secondary attainment, lead-poisoning prevention, organizational development for arts organizations, and environmental stewardship. Other service highlights include a White House appointment to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, U.S. Committee co-chair of the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer and president of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Clotilde has served on numerous boards. Current service includes CFLeads, The Foundation Center, FSG and the Global Fund for Community Foundations. Clotilde’s work has been recognized by many including the Points of Light Foundation, the Governor’s Award for Service, the President’s Award for Service and Buffalo News Citizen of The Year. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, native of Cuba.

Alun Evans

Chairman, Community Foundation in Wales

Alun Evans

After graduating from University College Cardiff, Alun began life in the City working for Capel-Cure Myers, Carr Sheppards Crosthwaite and currently Quilter Cheviot Investment Management, where he is Business Development Director. He is a fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute. Alun has a family home in Aberaeron and says he feels most at home when he is in Wales. He became trustee of the Community Foundation in Wales in January 2013 and Chairman in July 2016. He is also a trustee of UK Community Foundations, Walthamstow Hall School, and St David’s Academy School. 

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Fabian French

Chief Executive, UK Community Foundations

Fabian French

As Chief Executive of UKCF, Fabian drives growth of the influence and funding of Community Foundations. He also supports each of the 46 Community Foundations across the UK in their continued development.Previously a lawyer at Kleinwort Benson and Merrill Lynch, Fabian joined Marie Curie Cancer Care in 2009 as the Director of Fundraising and Retail, and as a member of the Executive Board. He is a passionate believer of the importance of charitable activity.  You can follow Fabian on Twitter at @fabianfrench1

Gaenor Howells

Chair, UKCF Conference 2017

Gaenor Howells

The voice of Gaenor Howells became a familiar part of daily life for millions of people during her time as a broadcaster and presenter with BBC World Service. Her combination of reliable reportage with fast paced analysis, evident in presentation of the network’s daily news bulletins was widely admired and ‘World Briefing’ the flagship programme that she presented benefitted from Gaenor’s immersion in the polit economics and culture of a fast globalising world community. Gaenor’s broadcasting career started with BBC Wales and S4C and her communications company offers its clients public relations advice as well as media and presentation training based on the owner’s extensive career portfolio in radio, film and television during the past twenty-five years. Gaenor is a Director of Wales in London; she chairs the Tenovus in London committee and is a Trustee of Heart UK.

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett

Co-Founder and Chair, The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy & Social Entrepreneurship

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett is co-Founder (with his friend Paul Marshall) and Chair of The Marshall Institute within the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Chair of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a Trustee of The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The King’s Fund, and is on the Board of the Westminster Abbey Foundation. He has been appointed a Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics and Adjunct Professor at Imperial College’s Institute for Global Health Innovation. Thomas has served the Department of Health as a Chair or member of a number of advisory boards. He has held senior leadership positions with in investment banking and the voluntary sector including Chair of Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, English Churches Housing Group, Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care, and the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London amongst others. Sir Thomas has chaired commissions both for the government and independently on healthcare broadly, end of life care and Philanthropy. In 2012 he was awarded a knighthood for his services to philanthropy, in 2013 a Beacon Fellowship for Philanthropic Advocacy, a US Ferrari lifetime lectureship by Houston Methodist Medical School and an Honorary Degree by Anglia Ruskin University. Thomas is married to Juliet the founder and chair of the charity Smart Works and his great passions are choral music and family life.

Caroline Mason CBE

Chief Executive, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Caroline Mason CBE

Before joining Esmée, Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at Big Society Capital and preceding that, Charity Bank. Caroline was also the co-founder of Investing for Good, a social investment advisory firm and one of the first Community Interest Companies. Before joining the social sector, Caroline had an eighteen-year track record of creative and innovative product development in the financial services sector. With Reuters, she managed the global development of real-time news and television services and then pioneered the introduction of web technology products. She also had her own consulting company, working with several financial institutions to develop new business and products including an electronic brokering service and a global wealth management business for a private bank. Caroline is a Board Member of EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy Association). She is also a trustee of SafeLives, Impetus-PEF, and is on the advisory board of Big Society Capital.

Professor Laura McAllister CBE, FLSW

Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales, Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre.

Professor Laura McAllister CBE, FLSW

Laura is a renowned expert on devolution, Welsh politics and elections, and gender representation and the feminisation of politics. She is a former Chair of Sport Wales, board member of UK Sport and Football Association of Wales Trust as well as a former Wales international player and captain with 24 caps. Laura is a member of UEFA Women’s Football Committee, a Non-Executive Director of executive search firm, Goodson Thomas Ltd, a Fellow of Learned Society of Wales and Chair of Expert Panel on Electoral Reform. She is a former member of Assembly Remuneration Board, Independent Panel on AMs Pay and Support, Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for the National Assembly for Wales.

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John Nickson

Trustee, UK Community Foundations

John Nickson

John Nickson describes himself as a campaigner for philanthropy and charitable giving. He is an experienced fundraiser and donor, and has spent 40 years working in the charitable sector. He is the author of two books on philanthropy and charities: Our Common Good and more recently, Giving is Good For You.

Tim Rhys-Evans MBE

Founder, The Aloud Charity

Tim Rhys-Evans MBE

Tim, from New Tredegar in South Wales, has specialised in choral conducting since 1997 working with many vocal ensembles including Welsh National Opera, Serendipity, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the National Youth Choirs of Wales, Youth Opera Northern Ireland. In January 2000 Tim started Only Men Aloud (OMA) who, in 2008, won BBC1’s competition, ‘Last Choir Standing’ leading Tim to focus on OMA exclusively. The success of OMA allowed Tim to follow his passion of encouraging as many young people as possible to engage with singing and, in 2010, he subsequently established Only Boys Aloud and Only Kids Aloud. In 2012 The Aloud Charity was established. Tim’s commitment to positively influencing young people through choral singing and to keeping choral singing in Wales vibrant and relevant earned him an MBE in the Queens’s Birthday Honours in 2013. Tim remains in demand as a choral adjudicator, guest speaker and TV presenter.

Anni Rowland-Campbell

Director, Intersticia Foundation

Anni Rowland-Campbell

Anni is Director of Intersticia, a philanthropic foundation in Australia. She has had an eclectic career spanning the Arts, Government and Corporate worlds, which she now brings together in the work she does as an independent philanthropist as well as Trustee of the Web Science Trust (UK) and Advisor to New Philanthropy Capital. Anni currently focuses on promoting digital literacy in the Charity sector, specifically through educational and leadership development activities with Boards and senior managers.

Carl Sargeant AM

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, National Assembly for Wales

Carl Sargeant AM

Carl Sargeant was born in St. Asaph, North Wales. He is married, has 2 children and has lived in Connah’s Quay all his life. Previously employed by a leading manufacturing company in North Wales he trained as a quality and environmental auditor and also as an industrial fire-fighter. With football a family interest, Carl has many connections with local teams and enjoys watching Newcastle United. He was a local town councillor and represented the Community and Council as Chairman in 2001 and was Vice-Chairman of the Recreation and Entertainment Committee. He also had Chairman Responsibilities for Planning within the Town. Carl has many interests within the community and served as a Governor at Deeside College of Further Education and Ysgol Bryn Deva Primary.

He was first elected in the National Assembly for Wales election of 2003 and was re-elected in 2007 when he was appointed as Labour Chief Whip and Deputy Business Manager for the Welsh Assembly Government. In December 2009, Carl was appointed as Minister for Social Justice and Local Government and, following re-election to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011, Carl was appointed Minister for Local Government and Communities. In March 2013 he was appointed Minister for Housing and Regeneration and was appointed Minister for Natural Resources in September 2014. Following re-election in May 2016 he was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children.

David Sheepshanks CBE DL

Chair, UK Community Foundations

David Sheepshanks CBE DL

David was appointed Chairman of UKCF in April 2013. David has held a number of high profile Board positions in business, sport and charity, including Chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club; Chairman of the Football League; Chair of the newly opened St George’s Park (The National Football Centre) incorporating FA Learning, the educational arm of The FA responsible for Coach Education and Professional Development. He is a Regional Chairman of Coutts amongst various other consultancies including Onside Law and 21st Club; he was the Founder and first Chair of The Ipswich Town Charitable Trust and one of the founding Trustees for Suffolk Community Foundation which he chaired from 2005 to 2013. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk (2005), he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2004 by University of East Anglia for services to the community and made CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for services to Football and Suffolk Charity.

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Paul Streets OBE

Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation

Paul Streets OBE

Paul joined the Foundation in May 2013 after a career which has spanned the voluntary and public sector and work in International development (DfiD/Sight Savers), Human Rights (Amnesty International), professional and service regulation and health and social care. He has been Chief Executive of Diabetes UK; the Health Development Agency and the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board. Immediately prior to the Foundation he worked as a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health heading up Public and Patient Engagement and Experience. He is currently Chairman of Contact a Family the leading UK Charity supporting families of children with severe disabilities and Chair of the UK Rare Diseases Advisory Group.  He was Deputy Chairman at the Healthcare Commission from 2000 to 09 and the first lay member of the Royal College of Physicians Council. He has four degrees including an MBA with distinction (Warwick), an MSc in Agricultural Economics, a Diploma in Co-operative Development (Finance) and a BSc in Geography. In 2003 he was appointed an OBE for services to people with diabetes. Paul has three children and a flat coat retriever. He lives in East Sussex, but hails originally from North Yorkshire.

Richard Williams

Chief Executive, Community Foundation in Wales

Richard Williams

Richard joins Community Foundation in Wales as Chief Executive in September 2017, just a few days before the UKCF Conference. His previous post was with the charity Action on Hearing Loss, where he was Director for Wales. Prior to working in the third sector, Richard was a newspaper editor heading up the South Wales Echo and Wrexham Evening Leader, having also held senior positions on the Daily Post and Wales on Sunday. He is a board member of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Hafan Cymru, and national third sector representative on the Powys Regional Partnership Board.

Dr Victoria Winckler

Director, The Bevan Foundation

Dr Victoria Winckler

Victoria has been Director of the Bevan Foundation, a registered charity which develops new ideas to make Wales fair, prosperous and sustainable since 2002. Victoria is a leading contributor to public policy in Wales. She developed the proposals that secured EU Objective 1 status for West Wales and the Valleys, initiated the Welsh Government’s Heads of the Valleys Programme and spearheaded the Welsh Government’s actions to tackle poverty. Recently she has generated robust proposals for new Welsh taxes, devolving some social security benefits and growth hubs for Wales’ most deprived areas. Victoria frequently gives expert evidence to Assembly Committees, contributes to UK-wide initiatives such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Anti-Poverty Strategy Task Group, comments in online articles and in the media, and is a sought-after speaker. She is currently a member of the Ministerial Tax Advisory Group, and a board member of Traveline Cymru. Victoria previously held roles at the Welsh Local Government Association, Mid Glamorgan County Council and Cardiff University. She was a non-executive director of Cwm Taf Local Health Board for 5 years and a member of board of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action for 3 years. Victoria holds a BA (Hons) in geography, MSc in Town Planning and a PhD.

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