UK Funding Committee

Mental Health Foundation

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.

Kevin Bone

Kevin Bone

Kevin Bone is Partner and UK Head at Impact Ventures UK.

"The Fund’s focus on early action and emphasis on communities are just two aspects of the role that make me so excited to join. I am honoured to be given the opportunity to support the team in their great work."

He is a qualified accountant and experienced investment professional. He has a wealth of private sector experience and expertise in investing in social impact and governance in the social sector.

Sian Callaghan

Sian Callaghan

Sian has worked in public relations, public affairs and marketing for 28 years in the private, public and not for profit sectors. Since July 2014 she has been Director of Communication at the Office for National Statistics in Newport.

"I was keen to join The National Lottery Community Fund committee after seeing the impact our funding has on communities’ right across Wales, and I'm delighted to be part of a team which has the interests of the people of Wales at its heart. Visiting the projects we support and hearing how we help to improve lives has been inspirational."

Sian previously worked for Centrica, the parent company of British Gas for 18 years in a variety of communication roles. She has also worked for the Welsh Federation of Housing Associations, at Mid Glamorgan County Council and has been involved in PR and marketing for a number of consumer brands, working both in Wales and across the UK.

Married to Rob, Sian lives in Cardiff. She is a past board member of Shelter Cymru and Cadwyn Housing Association and has a degree in Communication Studies.

Eileen Mullan

Eileen Mullan

Eileen has worked within and for the public, voluntary and community sectors for over eighteen years. During that time she has been privileged to be a part of many projects that impacted greatly on communities across Northern Ireland. They have included projects focused on access to education, the environment, enterprise development in areas of social disadvantage along with equality and diversity.

"I am delighted to have been appointed to the NI Committee of The National Lottery Community Fund. I have watched the impact this Fund has made across communities over the last ten years and have seen the real tangible benefits from it. I look forward to continuing this great work and being a part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s next chapter.”

Eileen is a trusted advisor to leading NI boards and a coach who has worked with leaders across the public and third sectors. Founder of Strictly Boardroom and the Boardroom Apprentice, enabling and empowering the next generation of decision makers. She holds an MSc in Management and Corporate Governance along with an IOD Diploma in Company Direction. Eileen holds Non Executive roles within Health and Regulation and is a powerhouse in advocating for diversity and a champion for change.

Aaliya Seyal

Aaliya Seyal

Aaliya has over 16 years of senior management experience in voluntary sector organisations.

She is Director of Customer Journey at Citizens Advice Scotland. She is also a member of the Scottish Refugee Council’s board of Directors and a lay member of The Law Society of Scotland, Civil Legal Aid Quality Assurance Sub-Committee and Equality and Diversity Committee.

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.

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