Meet the Team

Expertise

The expertise of Suffolk Community Foundation’s professional staff, board and partners, and the grants they make on behalf of donors, have already touched thousands of lives across Suffolk. Our professionals are all rooted in the communities they serve and believe passionately in the potential of Suffolk people to do good and make our neighbourhoods thrive.

Stewards of your gifts

We are all active participants in our communities – as volunteers, parents, neighbours, business leaders and all-round enthusiasts. Our community knowledge, holistic approach to grant making and capacity to offer innovative ideas and solutions for philanthropy, ensures we bring about sustainable change for the better. Above all, it is only as stewards of the gifts our donors make, which allow us to continue to do the work that we love.

Our Patrons

The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Countess of Euston

The Bishop of Ipswich and St Edmundsbury, The Right Reverend Martin Seeley

Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary, Gareth Wilson

2016/2017 High Sheriff of Suffolk, William Kendall, DL

 

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Our team

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Mandy Abdel-Aziz

Operations Director

Maggie Cross

Administration Assistant
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Judy Dow

Development Executive

Tracey Fuller

Grants Officer
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Wendy Herber

Partnership Development Manager
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Tim Holder

Development Director
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Hollie Martin

Operations Assistant
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Andrea Pittock

Grants Manager
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Laura Ripman

Event Coordinator
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Julie Rose

Grants Officer
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Stephen Singleton

Chief Executive

Hayley Trench

Grants Officer
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Jade Wilding

Finance & Data Officer

Our trustees

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Jonathan Agar

Biography

Jonathan was brought up in Suffolk and returned 8 years ago with his wife and their 3 girls following 6 years in the Army and 15 years in the City, latterly as a Chief Operating Officer within Deutsche Bank’s investment banking division. Since 2013 he has been Chief Executive of Birketts LLP, a firm of solicitors with long-established connections to Ipswich and Suffolk in addition to offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Norwich.  As well as being a Trustee he is a member of the Foundation’s Development Board and is also a Governor of the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, on the board of Cambridge Ahead and a member of the Council for the CBI’s eastern region.

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James Buckle

Chairman

Biography

James is a farmer with a passion for Suffolk and the environment.  He is a director of several commercial businesses involved in shredding, recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion as well as being the owner of The Lindsey Rose and the award-winning Bildeston Crown.  He has been a school governor, is a Trustee of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Chairman of The Porch Project and was High Sheriff of Suffolk 2009-10.

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Selina Hopkins

Biography

Selina was brought up in Suffolk and is married to James with four stepsons and one daughter. She worked in London for 15 years working within the music industry, technology industry and at Schroders Asset Management. Selina has managed up to 25 charities within these sectors and is a trained life coach. She is currently setting up a coding academy near Cambridge and is a director on Hopkins and Moore Development Board.

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Iain Jamie

Biography

Iain lives in Suffolk with his wife and 2 young boys and is passionate about the county now working as a Director in a Privately Owned Property Company throughout the East and South East of England. As well as being a Trustee of the Foundation Iain is Chairman of the Development Board and Chairs our main profile event of the year being the Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham Hall.

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Gulshan Kayembe

Biography

Gulshan lives in Felixstowe and has lived there for the last 16 years, after moving to Suffolk from London, with her husband and two of her three children. Gulshan is an educationalist and has worked in the world of education for the last 30 years. She is passionate about the power of education to transform lives. While in Suffolk, Gulshan has been a member of the Suffolk Police Authority since 1999, having chaired it between 2005 and 2010, and remained a member until Police Authorities were superseded by elected commissioners. She also works in health being a member of the Clinical Commissioning Group in Ipswich and East Suffolk, and this work chimes strongly with the Foundation's work on health and well being.

Peter Newnham

Peter Newnham

Biography

Peter has spent a career in business and industry, working in the UK and abroad for Shell before establishing his own business consultancy with international clients from a variety of industry sectors. Peter became involved with the Foundation when his wife worked as part of the admin team; he has set up a family fund and continues to be an active volunteer in a range of fundraising activities.

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Nigel Smith

Biography

Nigel Smith is a chartered accountant who was formerly senior partner of KPMG in Ipswich and East Anglia. He is a trustee of a number of charities, and also works as a non-executive director or consultant in a number of roles in the insurance, regulatory, education, food manufacturing and safari travel sectors.

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The Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward

Biography

Frances is Dean of St Edmundsbury in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the area of the Church of England which covers most of the county of Suffolk. Her work makes her aware of many of the hidden needs of Suffolk and she brings a real concern that the poor and disadvantaged, the lonely and neglected, have a fairer chance in life through the work of the Foundation.

Neil Walmsley

Neil Walmsley

Biography

Neil and his wife, Mossy, have lived and worked in Suffolk for over 20 years. Neil joined Greene & Greene solicitors of Bury St Edmunds in 1993 and was made a partner in 1996 specialising in the acquisition, disposal, financing and restructuring of businesses. Neil is rated as one of the leading corporate finance lawyers in East Anglia. In April 2010, Neil was appointed Under Sheriff of Suffolk and has been actively involved with the work of the Suffolk Community Foundation ever since. Neil is a keen sportsman and car enthusiast.

Terry Ward

Terry Ward

Biography

Terry worked for Social Care and the NHS in Suffolk for more than 20 years. Since retiring he has been a Director of his own Consultancy. He is a founding Trustee of Suffolk Family Carers and a member of the Foundation's Grants and Governance Committee.

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