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Blondel Cluff CBE

Blondel Cluff CBE

Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund

Mrs Blondel Cluff CBE is a solicitor of over 37 years standing and a Fellow of Kings College, London where she was a member of the college council for several years, focusing on institutional change, governance and investment.

Blondel has held various public appointments for over twenty years, addressing communities, education, health and heritage.

The former head of legal at Lazard Brothers, has recently retired as a diplomat, having represented the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla, supporting the territory through Hurricane Irma, constitutional reform and in its preparations for Brexit as a border nation of the EU.

A daughter of Windrushers from Anguilla, Blondel is CEO of the West India Committee, a UK registered charity and Royal Charter institution that is the custodian of a UNESCO inscribed library and collection on the Caribbean and is a Consulting NGO of UNESCO on small island developing nations and heritage.

During the past six years, she has served as chair of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, London and South Committee and also chaired the London Committee of its predecessor, the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Blondel is a member of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee that is responsible for the themes and designs depicted on Britain’s coinage. An author of various works on the Caribbean, Blondel regularly lectures on history and heritage. In 2018 she received a CBE for services to numismatic design and for her work with the Caribbean community in the UK and abroad.

Blondel was co-opted to the Prime Minister’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, with focus on education; and is a member of the Windrush Cross Government Working Group, led by the Home Office.

Emma Boggis

Emma Boggis

Emma Boggis has spent over twenty years working in the public and not for profit sector.

Her early career started in the British Army where she had operational tours in Northern Ireland and Kosovo. After a brief spell in Management Consultancy she joined the Civil Service and worked at the Office for Standards in Education and had two spells in the Cabinet Office including as head of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Unit, set up after London 2012 to support Lord Coe as the Prime Minister’s Legacy Ambassador. Prior to that she was also seconded to the Foreign Office as Deputy Head of Mission in the British Embassy in Madrid and served as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Most recently Emma moved into sports administration and was Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance which is the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation from 2014 to 2019. Emma is also the Senior Independent Director on the Board of the British Paralympic Association and a Trustee of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, as well as a member of the NCVO’s Advisory Council.

Emma is a keen sportswoman – with a number of marathons and triathlons under her belt along and she also enjoys cooking, reading and travelling often under pedal power.

Tony Burton CBE

Tony Burton CBE

Tony works free-range on a wide range of community and environmental projects, including providing support for community groups on neighbourhood planning and as Chair of CPRE London. He is Vice Chair of HS2's independent Design Panel and advises the National Infrastructure Commission on design and Tarmac on sustainability. He is also a trustee of TCV and mySociety and a director of London's environmental record centre Greenspace Information for Greater London. Tony founded Civic Voice - the national charity for the civic movement - in 2010 and has over 30 years' experience on the Executive Boards of national charities, including National Trust, Campaign to Protect Rural England and Design Council.

Tony is Chair of the Wandle Valley Forum and is Secretary of his local civic society in Mitcham. He was awarded the CBE in the Jubilee Honours for services to planning, local government and community and can be found on twitter as @Tony4Place

Perdita Fraser

Perdita Fraser

Perdita Fraser is one of the Fund's general members.

"The National Lottery Community Fund plays a critical role in reaching people in need and strengthening communities especially now during challenging economic times. I am delighted and honoured to be able to play a role in this extraordinary organisation."

Perdita Fraser is an experienced director with board roles across the private, public and third sectors. Her specific focus areas have been social mobility, renewables, financial sustainability, new technology, and building cross-sector partnership between public, private, third sector and international organisations. She has had board roles/advisory roles for over 20 years with several youth/social mobility charities including Rugby Portobello Trust, Access Aspiration and IntoUniversity.

She is a member of the governing body of the University of Edinburgh, an adviser to Ashoka UK, a partner of SJF&Co and serves on several audit and risk committees. She is an ambassador for Women on Boards, has led gender and geographic diversity initiatives with the UK Cabinet Office and sits as an independent panel member for UK government public appointments. She was named as one of the “100 Women to Watch” on the female FTSE Board Report 2015 compiled annually by Cranfield University. Perdita is a Fellow of the RSA.

John Mothersole

John Mothersole

John Mothersole has held senior local government posts in UK cities including London, most recently as Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council. Since standing down from that post in December 2019 after 11 years, John has taken on a series of non-executive roles which now include Chair-Designate of The Sheffield College, trustee of a community care charity, membership of the Advisory Board of the Sheffield University Management School and Chair of Meadowhall Education Centre. Prior to being selected as Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund England Committee John was a member of that committee.

John has been heavily involved in the policy agenda for UK cities through the Core Cities network, the Northern Powerhouse initiative and with Government in securing city and city region devolution deals and participating in trade missions.

His early career was in the arts, primarily in London and the North-East, and he sees a highlight of that part of his career being the reopening of the Roundhouse in London which enabled its subsequent redevelopment.

John lives in Sheffield although his roots are in the North-West. Having only recently stood down from being Chief Executive he is still trying to work out what his hobbies are!

Elizabeth Passey

Elizabeth Passey

Elizabeth Passey is one of the Fund's general members.

Elizabeth is a Senior Adviser to J Stern & Co Private Investment Office, and Non-Exec Director VPC Specialty Lending Investments plc. She is Convener of The University of Glasgow, Chairman of The Rural Payments Agency, Trustee of the Wye and Usk Foundation, and of Black Mountains College Project. She is a past Council Member & Vice President of The Zoological Society of London, and past Programme Committee Member of WWF-UK.

She has served as a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Chairman of the Board of Morgan Stanley International Foundation, and as a Managing Director of Investec Asset Management. She is a past Trustee of the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation. Elizabeth is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths Company and graduated with a First Class Honours degree from The University of Glasgow.

Rachael Robathan

Rachael Robathan

Rachael Robathan is one of the Fund's general members.

“I am very honoured to serve as a member of the Board of the National Lottery Community Fund. The fund is a powerful vehicle for enabling voluntary, community and local groups across the UK to tackle social issues and by putting the people themselves in the lead we can ensure these are the most effective solutions. I very much value working with other Members of the Board to achieve this.”

Rachael is the Leader of Westminster City Council. Having been elected in 2010, following a 20 year career in emerging markets investment management, she went on to hold a number of Cabinet posts responsible for the delivery of Housing, Adult Social Care and Public Health Services.

Rachael is also a Trustee of Westminster Almshouses Foundation, a sheltered housing charity, a Trustee of The Royal Parks and a Director of Aurora Investment Trust.

Kate Still

Kate Still

Kate is Director for Scotland for the Prince’s Trust, a leading youth charity supporting young people to live, learn and earn. She was a Board member of ERSA for many years, Chair of Employment Support Scotland and a Fellow of the Institute of Employability. Kate started her career as a teacher after completing an MA (Hons) in Politics at Glasgow University.

She has over 25 years of relevant experience in delivery of education, apprenticeships, skills, employability and community enterprise and regeneration programmes across multiple sectors, including 15 years in the Charity sector. Kate has a passionate desire to make a difference coupled with the drive to achieve impact on issues of poverty, equality and diversity and social justice. Kate has held strategic leadership roles at EU and UK levels including Management of EU aid programmes to Central and Eastern Europe. A former Board Member of Strathclyde European Partnership, she completed her MPhil in European Policy research at Strathclyde University in 2011.

She has held Director roles previously with Rathbone and Wise Group. Kate has spent over four years volunteering with her local community council.

Paul Sweeney

Paul Sweeney

Paul has a wealth of experience working in the voluntary, community and public sectors in Northern Ireland.

From 1987 to 1994 he was the Director of the Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust, which supported community-based self-help initiatives.

He joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) in 1994, initially on secondment, as an adviser on community development and reconciliation. Throughout his subsequent career in the NICS he held a number of senior positions including Deputy Secretary in the Office of the First and deputy First Minister, Permanent Secretary in the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure and Permanent Secretary in the Department of Education.

Since retiring from the NICS in 2017 Paul has undertaken a trustee role in a number of not-for-profit organisations involved in regeneration, culture and young people.

He said: “I consider it a privilege to be appointed into this role and to be afforded the opportunity to build on the success of the Fund's grant making in the years ahead.

“The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector across Northern Ireland has responded to the challenges of COVID-19 with leadership, resilience and compassion. I believe that The National Community Fund is well placed to continue supporting local people as we re-build after the immediate pressures of the pandemic."

Danielle Walker Palmour

Danielle Walker Palmour

Danielle Walker Palmour is the director of the Friends Provident Foundation, which is an independent grant-making and investment charity that was established from unclaimed shares arising from the de-mutualisation of Friends Provident Life Office in 2001. In 2013 she joined the judging panel for the Charity Awards.

She is also a non-executive director of Big Society Capital and Civil Society Media, a trustee of a number of local and national charities, and a member of the Congress of the University of York.

Previously, she held senior policy and research roles throughout the sector including director of policy and practice development at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, head of policy of the Big Lottery Fund (now The National Lottery Community Fund) and at the Commission for Racial Equality and the Law Society of England and Wales.

Sir Adrian Webb

Sir Adrian Webb

Previously Deputy Vice Chancellor at Loughborough University and Vice-Chancellor of Glamorgan University, he has a wealth of experience of leading at executive and non-executive management levels in public, not for profit and education sectors.

"It is an honour to be asked to lead such a committed team of staff, partners and funded organisations that make a real difference to communities across Wales. I also welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues from across the UK as a member of The National Lottery Community Fund's UK Board."

Adrian has been involved in many UK and Welsh Government initiatives, including chairing the independent review into further education in Wales (the Webb Review) and the Wales Employment and Skills Board. He was also a member of the Beecham Review of Public Services in Wales and part of the HM Treasury Public Service Productivity Panel; he is currently Non-Executive Director of the Welsh Government Board.

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