To ensure our community receives the vital support it needs during this time of uncertainty, we continue to grow our team and the breadth of expertise across the charity. A new Chairman and Trustee join the Board, and two Managers join the wider team.
The new appointments:
David Wareing was recently appointed as Chairman. Prior to this David was a long-standing Trustee. Now retired, he spent 45 years at Hill Dickinson, as Managing Partner, and subsequently, Senior Partner. He established the Hill Dickinson Foundation, with the support of the Community Foundation for Merseyside, which provides support to community-based projects. “Born in Southport, I welcomed the opportunity to get involved and lend my expertise and knowledge as a Trustee, and then Chairman. I always considered myself extremely fortunate in my career and was acutely aware that many members of the community did not have the chances or good fortune that I had enjoyed, and welcomed the opportunity to make a difference.”
Neil Welsh joins as a trustee. Neil is a financial adviser working for PM+M Financial Planning, part of the wider PM+M accountancy business, based in Blackburn. “As a Trustee, my financial background, communication skills and wealth of local business connections will enable me to make a significant contribution to the work of the Community Foundation for Lancashire. Pre-Covid-19 I was Downtown in Business Lancashire Business Awards ‘Business Enabler of the Year’ two years in succession, so I hope to bring these skills to the table too.”
Bonnie-Anne Phillips joins the team as Development Manager. Bonnie’s main focus is to directly engage with the Lancashire business community, and individuals, who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of others through charitable giving. “I have a deep understanding of the challenges which exist within the community, in addition to experience of business development and management within both large and small organisations, including as Charity Manager of Ribcaged Productions Ltd. Having seen first-hand the outstanding work of the Community Foundation and the impact it makes through a variety of inspiring projects, I am excited to be a part of its development”.
Emma Peacock joins the team as Marketing and Communications Manager. With 27 years’ experience as a marketing professional across private, public and charity sectors, she was previously Head of Marketing for the North West Air Ambulance Charity, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise. “I am pleased to be part of an organisation that is dedicated to helping communities in Lancashire thrive, and to supporting them during these most challenging times. I look forward to raising awareness of the incredible work that is being delivered across the region, and connecting community groups and investors for the benefit of the region.”
Rae Brooke, Chief Executive Officer of Community Foundation for Lancashire, commented: “We are delighted to welcome these new appointments. All bring a range of unique skills and expertise to support us in the next phase of our growth, ensuring we are in a strong position to respond to community need.”