“Our experience of working with CCF has been entirely positive. Creating the fund has allowed us to access a wider range of appropriate charities and strengthen management of the trust’s assets.”

Diana was born in 1945 and studied Politics and Economics at the University of Exeter before moving to Cambridgeshire to join the East Anglian Regional Health Authority in 1984.

Charitable giving focused on the local community is a legacy of Diana’s family. Her parents, James Lloyd CBE and Olga Lloyd, founded the Burton Upon Trent Civic Society in 1962 and established a fund to support their local community. They were particularly interested in supporting heritage and people with disabilities.

Following the death of her parents, there were two charitable trusts – one to support the Burton upon Trent area and the other  for projects in Cambridgeshire. Diana, now a Trustee, considered recruiting additional trustees to continue administering the trusts as her parents would have wanted. Instead, she and her partner Clive, also a Trustee, chose to seek advice from CCF.

Funds were transferred to CCF in 2013, taking advantage of the government’s Community First match funding that was available at the time. This boosted the value of the transfer and the endowed fund that was established created a sustainable source of funding for the county.

As a result of Diana’s positive experience of working with CCF, she encouraged the trustees looking after the funding for Burton upon Trent, to transfer their money to the Staffordshire Community Foundation (SCF). 

There are two very specific points of focus for Diana’s Cambridgeshire fund. The first, being to support projects that benefit older people in the local area, a reflection on 12 years as a trustee of Age Concern Cambridgeshire (now Age UK). Diana was Chairman of the Trustees for six years. The second point of focus reflects Diana’s passion for the arts. She and her partner Clive participate in amateur dramatics and choirs, and want to help make such activities accessible to everyone. Diana can’t imagine not being able to access the arts, and explains that they want to “help people at a disadvantage to take part in arts activities”.

Diana Lloyd established the D&J Lloyd Community First Fund in 2013