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Michael O'Toole becomes CCF's new CEO

Kate Nation and members of Turtle Dove Cambridge receiving their certificate from Richard Pemberton, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire

Michael O’Toole, one of the UK’s most experienced social enterprise champions, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, only the second in its history. He replaces Jane Darlington who was responsible for setting up CCF in 2004.

Michael says "I am thrilled to be joining the CCF team. I want to build upon CCF’s strong foundations and the incredible work of Jane Darlington to link our many community organisations with the fantastic generosity of donors to improve the quality of life for the more vulnerable, and those people facing the greatest challenges in Cambridgeshire."

Michael was the UK’s first Crown Representative for the voluntary sector (2012-14), a Cabinet Office role created by the government to open up more public-sector funding opportunities for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

A graduate in Business, Finance & Law, his early career was in marketing and business development. In 2010, he become Chief Executive of 3SC, an innovative consortium aiming to increase opportunities for the smaller charities and community groups to deliver public services.

He has 16 years’ experience working in the charity sector and as a volunteer has been a primary school governor, chair of Home-Start Herts, a trustee of PTA-UK, and a grants advisor to the Big Lottery Fund. He was also part of Lord Young’s commission to review the impact of the Social Value Act.

Father of four, Michael joins CCF from Mentor UK which works to protect children and young people from the harm caused by drugs and alcohol. As CEO there for four years, one important achievement was to persuade the Home Office in 2017 to focus the National Drugs Strategy on prevention and early intervention.

The announcement of Michael’s appointment was made by Simon Humphrey, Chair of CCF’s Board of Trustees. "Michael is passionate about our aims to identify local needs and inspire philanthropy," he said. "With him leading CCF, we have a great opportunity over the next 12 months and beyond to make a lasting difference all across Cambridgeshire."

Michael will take up the role at the end of June.

 

Simon Humphrey presented with award by HRH The Prince of Wales

Kate Nation and members of Turtle Dove Cambridge receiving their certificate from Richard Pemberton, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire

Simon Humphrey, Senior Manager Corporate Responsibility at technology specialists Arm in Cambridge and CCF Chair of Trustees, has won a top award at a high profile National Awards Event in London this week.

Simon was presented with the Industrial Cadet Changemaker award by HRH The Prince of Wales at the Industrial Cadet Awards, held on 7th March at IET London: Savoy Place. The Changemaker Award is given to the individual who has made a significant and impactful difference to support the success of the Industrial Cadets initiative. The Award was supported by the IET and the lead sponsor for the event was the GFG Foundation.

Simon also promotes change through a wide range of voluntary roles locally and nationally, including being a panel member at Engineering UK and a Board member at EDT.

In 2017 Simon designed and delivered Arm's first Industrial Cadet accredited work experience programme, a programme that will be rolled-out globally. He also oversaw formal mentor training, delivered by EDT to more than 20 Arm employees, now being supported to mentor on IC programmes for the first time, joining over 130 employees who have done so before them.

Simon is, of course, delighted to be receive the award, saying

“My role at Arm provides me the opportunity and insights to appreciate the impact that effective interventions into educational experiences that we as a business, and through my involvement, I, could have for young people. Knowing that a difference can be made and being able to leverage that by connecting with the Industrial Cadets accreditation process was something I saw as a brilliant opportunity. I consider that by ensuring a high-quality programme of activity, Industrial Cadets accreditation can be transformative.

 “The potential to scale this is exciting. I strongly believe that a national, indeed, international standard to recognise young people’s achievements in STEM learning linked and aligned with curriculum learning objectives is vital. I want to see that any young person irrespective of background, culture, geography or gender has an equal opportunity to access inspirational, programme based, experiences that leave them with a tangible certified currency that they can take forward into their next phase of learning.”

 

High Sheriff’s awards ceremony

Kate Nation and members of Turtle Dove Cambridge receiving their certificate from Richard Pemberton, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire

The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Richard Pemberton, hosted his awards ceremony recognising the work of charitable groups supporting children and young people on 14 November 2017.

In Cambridgeshire, the High Sheriff’s awards scheme was established more than 15 years ago. It recognises achievement, and awards grants to projects involving young people in positive activities, which benefit their communities. During the 2017/18 term of office, 20 groups have been awarded grants by the High Sheriff.

Simon Humphrey, Chair of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, welcomed grant recipients, donors, and volunteers alike, thanking them for their attendance and contribution to the community. He went on to introduce the High Sheriff, Richard Pemberton, who then presented each group with a certificate to commemorate their award.

 

Art in the Garden

On a surprisingly sunny weekend in September, local art conservator Penny Heath hosted her annual Art Garden event in the grounds of her 1930’s home in Cambridge. Sculptures, ceramics and artefacts were displayed in her charming garden, including work by local artists: Martin Thompson, Eric Marland, Mark Evans, Edward Willis, Dragan Corovic, Matthew Szekely, Cary Norman, Sarah Walton, Rob Fogell, Andrew Jones, Alan Foxley, Daphne Carnegy, Katharina Klug, Lindsay Harris, Irena Sibrijns, Barbara Leaney, Sophie MacCarthy, Karen Downing and others.

The atmosphere on Friday evening was vibrant as the “after work crowd” turned up. Enjoying a glass of prosecco as the sun went down, guests strolled through the garden. Sculptures, ceramics and artefacts were hidden amongst well-manicured flower beds, trees and a tranquil stream.

Brenda Mayo is a designer and artist living in Cambridge. Inspired by the complex cities of Venice and Istanbul in which the styles of Europe and Asia meet and merge, Brenda creates wearable sculpture and clothing. Some beautiful examples of her work were displayed on the Friday evening, and shown off to their full potential by visiting models parading in the garden.

This year the event raised funds for the Cambridgeshire Young Carers Fund , with generous donations made throughout the weekend totalling more than £2,000.

Catherine Stewart CCF trustee said “it was such a wonderful event, the garden was truly out of this world, Penny’s collection of artworks were just superb and it was lovely to catch up with friends, old and new, knowing we were supporting such a worthwhile cause”.

 

Step Up for Grants Officer Harriet

We are pleased to announce that one of our key team members, Harriet Webb is moving into the role of Assistant Grants Manager. Harriet has taken on day-to-day management of  special programmes such as the Amey Community Fund and the Harry Cureton Charitable Trust as well as a host of other essential grant-making activities. In her new role, she will be extending her portfolio of funds and assisting the Grants and Communication Manager to deliver CCF’s grant-making programme. We’d like to thank Harriet for all her hard work and wish her luck in her new role.

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