The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Organisation
Lady De Ramsey
Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey DL
Sir Michael Marshall CBE DL
Michael O'Toole - CEO
Michael joined CCF as CEO in 2018, taking over from its founder, Jane Darlington. Michael is a Manchester University Business Finance & Law graduate. Previously he was Chief Executive of Mentor UK, a national charity working to help every child grow up free from the harms caused by drugs.
He has been a Trustee of three charities, a school governor and led the establishment of a new charitable consortium working in the children’s services early intervention sector.
Michael is a father to 4 children and enjoys watching many sports, theatre and trying to keep fit by running fairly slowly, but quite far!
Wendy Williams - Finance Manager
A graduate of Newcastle University, Wendy worked with the audit team at Pannell Kerr Forster in London before specialising in manufacturing and distribution environments. Wendy has been responsible for the day to day finance function at CCF since February 2015. Wendy is a mum to three sons, two cats and six chickens and lives with her husband in Bury St Edmunds.
Vivienne Atkinson - Operations Manager
Viv co-ordinates all departments to ensure the smooth-running of the CCF team, supporting Donors at every stage of their relationship with us. Viv read History at Cambridge before her MA in Museum Studies. Previously Director of an independent production company her background is in live broadcast, digital content and account/project management. Originally from the hilly Peak District, Viv lives with her partner in South Cambs.
Marion Carey - Grants and Communications Manager
Marion joined CCF as Grants Officer in 2006, following a PhD in veterinary orthopaedics and became Grants Director in 2014. As well as overseeing CCF's grant-making programme, Marion is responsible for producing CCF's quarterly magazine, The Forum. Marion lives in South Cambs with her husband, 2 year old daughter and Flora the Labrador - a regular visitor to the CCF office.
Harriet Webb - Assistant Grants Manager
Harriet is involved with the day to day running of the grant programmes, assessing applications and attending donor panel meetings. Harriet joined CCF in 2015, having initially moved to Cambridge to study Archaeology and Anthropology. She lives with her partner and enjoys cooking and playing board games.
Beth Emmanuel - Assistant Grant Officer
Beth has recently spent three years in Cambridge, studying Theology, during which time she became involved in a number of local community projects. Since September 2017, Beth has joined the grants team and assists in processing applications and publicising funding. Beth lives with her husband in Cambridge and is enjoying cycling to work.
Kim Quiggin - Administration Assistant
Kim joined the team at CCF at the beginning of September 2017, having worked as a Parish Clerk for a South Cambridgeshire Parish Council for 11 years. Prior to starting a family, Kim worked for the D S Smith group for over 10 years as a senior member of the Reprographics Department.
As a part-time member of the team, Kim's role is varied, but she primarily offers administrative assistance to the foundation. Kim lives in East Cambridgeshire with her Husband and two teenage Sons.
Our Board of Trustees is composed of:
Simon Humphrey - Chairman
Simon is a Senior Manager within the Corporate Responsibility team at Arm where he leads on global education programmes and local community investment. Simon has been involved in sustainability and corporate responsibility since 2008. Prior to that he spent 12 years with accountancy firm PwC advising on risk management working extensively across Europe, Africa and Australasia. He is currently a Board member for the Engineering Development Trust, he has been a Governor at Netherhall School and Sixth Form since 2015 and is also on the Board of the Anglia Learning Multi-Academy Trust.
Sam was introduced to CCF when he was Director of the Kodak European Research Laboratories in Cambridge and sought the support of Kodak to set up a Fund with CCF, which was used to make grants to a number of local groups. When Sam retired, he and his wife decided to remain in Cambridge and he has utilised his past experience to help the local business and charitable communities. He kept in touch with CCF particularly and was invited by the board to join CCF and to take an active role in developing the grant making strategy of the Foundation. More recently, Sam has focused especially on establishing ways to measure and communicate the social impact of CCF’s grant making.
Iain has recently retired as Honorary President of the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and also handed over the reins as Chairman of the Chamber, a position he’d held since 2008. As a Peterborough based businessman he also held the role of the Chairman of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce until 2015.
Apart from five years with Barclays Bank, the rest of Iain’s working life has been in his own businesses, starting with working for his parents in the motor trade. Since their retirement Iain has expanded his various business interests and is now Chairman of a group of companies, motor trade, marketing and a cycle shop.
In addition Iain recently held the role of Chairman of Inspire Peterborough, a charity which has a special mission to enable people with disabilities and long term illnesses to become more active, re-engaged with their local communities, and ultimately more confident and capable of returning to the world of employment.
Working as a Trustee for SportsAid, Iain worked with Sport England to establish one of 49 County Sports Partnerships, for Cambridgeshire, called Living Sport, which he then Chaired for 10 years, retiring in 2016. This involvement led to Iain being nominated for an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for contribution to sport in Peterborough.
Iain’s work has brought him many special opportunities, carrying the 2012 Olympic Torch in Peterborough and attending a reception with David Cameron at Downing Street to discuss business concerns such as the skills shortage being just two events.
Married with one daughter, and now 2 grandsons, Iain has previously competed in car rallying – twice local rally champion – and spent a couple of years as President of the Peterborough Motor Club. His other interest is golf although he rarely has time to play!
Catherine started her career in nursing, specialising in heart transplantation and becoming the first Clinicians' Assistant at Papworth Hospital. However, for the past 20 years she has been involved in the IT industry where she and her husband, John Stewart, set up and ran several companies, the last of which she sold in June 2013.
Sadly, John was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, and died in April 2011, leaving Catherine with a business and 2 young daughters to manage.
Both Catherine and John were keen sportsmen, and so after his death, and as a way of trying to make something positive from such a tragic loss, Catherine set up the John Stewart Memorial Fund, which is how she was introduced to CCF. The objective of the fund is to 'Enable Sport for All', particularly the disadvantaged and disabled. It is therefore appropriate that much of the fund raising has involved sporting challenges!
Catherine was so impressed with CCF that she agreed to join the board. She is a keen advocate and will be promoting the great work CCF do, with a particular interest in highlighting the benefits of the Endowment Funds.
Catherine's interests are, predictably, her daughters, her sport, and, unsurprisingly, supporting the work of Prostate Cancer UK
Other than a few years in banking, Linda spent her working life in the state education sector where she enjoyed a number of teaching and management roles - initially in 11-18 secondary schools and then at Hills Road Sixth Form College where she worked for 29 years. Linda believes passionately in the importance of building strong communities. In her most recent role as Principal of Hills Road Sixth Form College, she had the privilege of working closely with a range of educational and community organisations, including as a member of the Cambridgeshire School Improvement Board, the Cambridge Area 14-19 Executive, The Board of the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region and as a strategic partner of the Cambridge and Suffolk Schools Alliance.
Now that she is retired, Linda is grateful for the opportunity to continue to support local community groups through her membership of CCF. Linda is married with two daughters and has lived in South Cambs for almost 30 years. Her other interests include gardening, reading and travel.
Alison is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Taxation. She has worked as Director of Taxation in FTSE companies in London since 1995. A particular focus during this time has been on international expansion, project management, Board governance, and corporate simplification.
Now living in Cambridgeshire, she joined the CCF Board in December 2015 with a particular focus on Finance and Governance skills.
Her interests include walking, tennis, travel and building her new home.
Philip is Joint Managing Partner at Cheffins, a long established firm of Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents, Auctioneers and Valuers with offices across the Cambridge region. Philip is based in Cambridge where he heads the Commercial property agency, development and investment team. Prior to joining Cheffins he spent seven years at Bidwells where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. He acts for a range of public and private sector clients built up over more than 20 years.
Stuart is a partner at Mills & Reeve, Cambridge. He is also a member of the Corporate and Social Responsibility committee at Mills & Reeve. Stuart works with a number of companies and organisations within East Anglia. Stuart previously worked as a teacher at Norwich School and he is passionate about helping young learners achieve their goals.
Caroline was born in Ely and, apart from the first 10 years of her life with her peripatetic Air Force parents, has grown up and was educated in Cambridgeshire. Caroline attended Huntingdon Grammar School and then read law at University College, London. She returned to Cambridge to qualify as a solicitor with Hewitsons and has since worked with other Cambridge law firms becoming a partner at Birketts in their newly opened Cambridge office in 2008. Caroline heads the private client team and is a board member.
Since 2003 Caroline has been the Under Sheriff of Cambridgeshire. The High Sheriffs’ Fund for Young People was one of the first funds brought under the management to the newly constituted community foundation so Caroline has been in touch with the community foundation since it was first set up.
Caroline is a governor of the Perse School and a trustee of the Cambridge Music Festival.
Caroline plays the violin very badly and would like her other interests to include gardening, cycling and canoeing but in reality has very little time for any of these.
Jo’s work involves helping early stage technology businesses find the resources they need to grow. Jo holds a MSci in Natural Sciences, and a PhD in Chemistry, both from the University of Cambridge, and has experience working in several small tech companies. She has worked and studied in Cambridge since 2003, except for a brief spell teaching and researching at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Jo became a Trustee of CCF in early 2018. Jo has particular interests in education and mental health issues. She enjoys swimming, cycling and canoeing.