Our Team

Angela Richardson

Grants Director

2017 will be Ange’s 20th year in grant making (she started young!).  Ange has worked for four major funders –  Big Lottery Fund, The Housing Corporation, North West Development Agency and BBC Children in Need (as well as two years as a Fundraising Manager for Deafness Support Network).

Ange manages the grant making process end-to-end – enabling charitable organisations to access funding through our range of grant making programmes. It is sadly not always possible to fund all projects – but Ange always strives to provide constructive and helpful feedback to all applicants.

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“I find it both moving and inspirational to go out on a grant monitoring visit, read a case study or see photos and films of funded projects and to learn about the positive impact these projects have on people’s lives.”

Carole Royle

Business Coordinator

Carole previously provided administrative support to international organisations. Carole works full-time for the Foundation, managing all aspects of team administration, including office management, finance, grant-making support and governance duties.

Carole is very much the glue that holds the team together, bringing with her a great sense of humour and ready smile!

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“I am Cheshire born and bred and it is very important to me to put something back into the community. This role allows me to do that.”

David Briggs MBE, KStJ, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire


Along with his Lord Lieutenant duties and charity work, David is involved in a range of businesses that include confectionery: www.maxilin.com and music: www.dawsons.co.uk.

David is our President and plays a pivotal role in Cheshire Community Foundation’s fundraising initiatives, supporting the organisation by making valuable connections with businesses and organisations in the voluntary sector, who are well placed to work with us to make a real difference in our local community.

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“I’m keen to act as a bridge between the commercial and professional world and the voluntary sector, helping Cheshire charities in any way that I can”.

Diane Brown


Diane brings over 30 years’ experience as HR Director, Talent Director & Global Business Partner to CCF as a Trustee. She has worked in FTSE 100 companies such as AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, M&S Money and Marks & Spencer PLC. Diane has a commercial understanding of business & people-related issues working as a key member of Executive teams in the UK, Europe & North America. She introduced, Leadership, Talent & Performance Management frameworks across these regions as well as driving transformational change & continuous improvement.

Appointed in 2009 Diane is a Non-Executive Director & Senior Independent Director at Salford Royal Foundation Trust & sits on the Group Board covering 5 Care Organisations across the NW.

Diane is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. She mentors leaders in the Arts, NHS and small businesses.

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I am proud to be associated with CCF & its donors who give support to such a huge variety of projects impacting in a positive way the most vulnerable in our own locality.

Heather Cunningham

Trustee and Treasurer

Heather is Managing Partner of Harold Sharp www.haroldsharp.co.uk and specialises in advising family companies and high net-worth individuals on tax, wealth management, estate and investment planning and has advised a number of our clients on the tax benefits of charitable giving.

Heather takes a hands on approach in her role as Treasurer and works with the team to constantly improve on the efficiency of our financial management, helping us work towards a position of sustainability which underpins our future success.

Harold Sharp has generously given regular advice and support to the Foundation on a pro bono basis and has introduced a number of their clients to the Foundation who have since become donors.

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“It’s important to start with your local community and see the impact your philanthropy can make.”

Joëlle Warren MBE, DL


Joëlle is the Founder of Warren Partners www.warrenpartners.co.uk, a leading UK executive search firm and is Vice Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire.

Joëlle leads our Board of Trustees and works closely with our Chief Executive to shape the strategy of the Foundation, so it is well placed to achieve our ambitious plans for the future. Warren Partners has generously donated an office to Cheshire Community Foundation within their own premises, since the charity was set up in 2011.


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“Cheshire Community Foundation connects those in need in Cheshire with those who care but don’t know how best to help, enabling them to reach the parts others don’t.”