Advisory Group Membership

The National Lottery Community Fund Advisory Group

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Last year (18-19) we awarded over half a billion pounds of life-changing funding to communities across the UK and supported over 12,000 projects to turn their great ideas into reality and make a difference to their communities. To date (since June 2004), we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people across the UK.

This brings us into close contact with civil society every day and gives us amazing opportunities to respond to and support the aspirations of people all over the country. Yet we are living through a period of profound disruption and change, and we know that we have to continually listen, learn and adapt to this changing environment if we are to do so effectively.

Our Advisory Group helps us to identify and discuss the key issues facing civil society and works with us to shape and influence the future direction of the Fund. The group is made up of friends and colleagues from across the sector – community groups, charities and other funders – and meets three times a year. John Rose, our Interim CEO, and other senior Fund colleagues are also in attendance. Recent discussions have included our response to the climate emergency and our £100m Climate Action Fund and our funding approach to ensure young people have a voice across the UK.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss it further, please don’t hesitate to contact our Director of Engagement and Insight, Faiza Khan on

Andrew Barnett

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is an international charitable foundation dedicated to the promotion of cultural, educational, social and scientific interests.

Anna Fowlie


SCVO is a National Membership Organisation for Charities, voluntary group and social enterprises with the purpose to support, promote and develop a confident, sustainable voluntary sector in Scotland.

Baljeet Sandhu

Clore Social Leadership

Clore Social Leadership supports and develops social leaders with appropriate, affordable and quality leadership development so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them.

Chris Wright

Catch 22

Catch22 is a social business. It designs and delivers services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities across the UK.

Cliff Prior

Big Society Capital

Big Society Capital aims to improve the lives of people in the UK by connecting investment to charities and social enterprises that are creating social change by bringing together their investment capital, expertise and network of partners.

Darren Murinas

Stoke Expert Citizens Group

Stoke Expert Citizens Group is an independent group of people with their own experience of multiple needs who help to guide and improve the care of multiple needs citizens and to raise awareness, reduce stigma and challenge stereotypes.

Fozia Irfan

Beds & Luton Community Foundation UK

The Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation is a grant maker supporting local community groups and charities. Their mission is to be a catalyst for positive social change in the county by connecting people, ideas, resources and needs to make a lasting difference in Bedfordshire.

Helen Jones

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange is a grass roots organisation led by Gypsy and Traveller people in partnership with others to improve quality of life for Gypsy and Traveller people.

Helen Stephenson

Charity Commission

The Charity Commission registers and regulates charities in England and Wales to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence.

Ian Green

Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. Supporting people living with HIV, amplifying their voices and helping people using their services to achieve good sexual health.

Immy Kaur

Impact Hub

Impact Hub is the world’s largest network focused on building entrepreneurial communities for impact at scale to create tangible solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

Jake Hayman

Ten Years’ Time

Ten Years’ Time’s objective is to inject ambition into philanthropy to create profound social change, and shrink the gap between their clients and those they wish to serve by helping them to understand the problems they wish to overcome.

Baroness Jill Pitkeathley

House of Lords

The House of Lords have the task of making and shaping laws and checking/ challenging the work of the government.

Kunle Olulode


Voice4Change England is a national advocate for the Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector (BMS VCS). As the only national membership organisation dedicated to the BME VCS they speak up to policymakers on the issues that matter to the sector, bring the sector together to share good practice and develop the sector to better meet the needs of communities.

Matthew Bolton

Citizens UK

Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. Their member organisations include schools, churches, synagogues, parents’ groups, health practice, charities and trade unions. They help to develop leaders so they can participate in public life, and hold politicians and other decision-makers to account on the issues that matter to them.

Lee Mason

Active Partnerships

Active Partnerships aims to increase levels of engagement in sport and physical activity, reduce levels of inactivity, tackle stubborn inequalities and use the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives.

Lindsey Hall

Real Ideas Organisation

Real Ideas Organisation draws on extensive experience across the creative sector to provide strategic support for arts and cultural organisations.

Mark Atkinson

Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss work includes providing high-quality support and care so people confronting deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus have their needs met. They fund research to find a cure for hearing loss, and encourage the take-up of new technology and medical treatments to help manage the condition. Plus, we campaign for equality, so the people we support can make the same life choices as everyone else.

Mark Norbury


UnLtd finds, funds and supports social entrepreneurs - enterprising people with solutions that change our society for the better. They have identified barriers faced by social entrepreneurs and look to tackle them through research, policy work and our campaigns.

Matt Leach

Local Trust

Local Trust is a place-based funder supporting communities to achieve their ambitions Their aims are to demonstrate the value of long term, unconditional, resident-led funding through their work supporting local communities to make their areas better places to live, and to draw on the learning from their work to promote a wider transformation in the way policy makers, funders and others engage with communities and place.

Paul Farmer


Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. It campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Ruth Ibegbuna

RECLAIM (formerly)

Ruth Ibegbuna was the founding CEO of ‘RECLAIM’, an award-winning social action and youth leadership programme with a focus on working class young people being seen, being heard and leading change.

Ruth Marks


Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) is the national membership organisation for the third sector and volunteering in Wales. Its aim is to work towards 'A future where the third sector and volunteering thrive across Wales, improving wellbeing for all'.

Seamus McAleavey


Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action is the national infrastructure body for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. NICVA also hosts and manages several websites for Northern Ireland's voluntary and community sector online.

Karl Wilding


NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering because they’re essential for a better society.

Each day, millions of people make a difference through voluntary organisations and volunteering. Their vision is a society where we can all make a difference to the causes that we believe in.

Thomas Lawson


Turn2us is a charity that helps people living in poverty in the UK and Ireland. Turn2us provides information and support about welfare benefits and charitable grants through an accessible website and a freephone helpline.

Vicky Browning


ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) is a membership body for the leaders of third sector organisations in England and Wales.

ACEVO's vision is to see civil society leaders making the biggest possible difference. Its stated aims are to connect, develop and represent civil society leaders.