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. David Knott, 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.

Cath Dovey

Beacon Collaborative

The Beacon Collaborative exists to encourage and celebrate philanthropy in the UK. They work in close partnership with other organisations encouraging philanthropy, including New Philanthropy Capital, Philanthropy Impact, the Charities Aid Foundation and The Philanthropy Workshop.

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

The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG)

The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) is an independent organisation catalysing impact investment and entrepreneurship to benefit people and the planet. The GSG was established in August 2015 as the successor to and incorporating the work of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK´s presidency of the G8.

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

Children in Need

Children In Need are the BBC’s charity and their mission is to help ensure every child in the UK is safe, happy, secure and has the opportunities they need to reach their potential. They raise money both throughout the year and in their annual November appeal which is put to work where it’s needed most. They fund local charities and projects who help remove the barriers that are facing children and young people, so that they can thrive.

Helen Jones

The National Lottery Community Fund

Head of Funding Equity and Inclusion.

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


CIVIC SQUARE is an organisation focused on regenerative civic and social infrastructure within neighbourhoods. Immy is part of a creative and dynamic leadership team who work alongside the local neighbourhood, to offer a bold approach to visioning, building and investing in civic infrastructure for neighbourhoods of the future.

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'.

Sarah Vibert


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.

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.

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.